Last of Autumn

You can’t really feel the autumn anymore while walking the forest or the bog lands of Connemara.
Although, the other day, when the sun hit the trees just right and the light was glowing in the last of the leaves, I felt that magical moment as if autumn was saying good bye…

Until next year

a man walking the dogs in the autumn foresta few golden leaves left on the treesone golden tree among othersblue sky and a lake in the foresta lake in the forestblue sky reflecting in a lakelast of autumn (1)


Hurricane Ophelia has arrived

Today was a strange day. I had to admit that was my first Red Weather Alert on national level.

So far, we got away with the worst of it I think. It is dark outside, the wind is howling and the rain is rattling on the roof but I believe here in Galway we got lucky.

Everything was closed in the village today except the two main food stores Keogh’s and Londis and we thank those brave people for staying open and saving us all from household emergencies like no more milk, cat food or cereal and eggs.. And of course, let’s not forget the necessary for the moral bottles of wine, beer and spirits!! 

And now that the day is over we can only hope that tomorrow will be a better day. 

Waiting for Ophelia

There is a Red Weather warning here in Ireland today.

What better thing to do than work on my photos while waiting for the weather to go mad outside. For now it is pretty mild, the wind is a bit random and comes from all directions but otherwise nothing else is going on. Believe me, I am not complaining.

We went out to walk the dogs in the forest and just came back. At least this is done for the day. Now we can just wait it out!!

I selected a few images for you today, since Halloween is coming here is something with cobwebs and feeling spooky…

The Hidden Lake

There is this fantastic place tucked deep into Newvillage Woods.

We call it THE HIDDEN LAKE because if you don’t know it is there it just pops out of nowhere between the trees. It is the most amazing site.

Only 1 hour and a 1/2 walk from Oughterard if you feel like walking one gorgeous day.

I am positive most people don’t even know it is there.

So here is a few shots. Some of them are from last autumn and some from the summer.

lake in the forest, Newvillage, Galway, Ireland

Missing Patch

Recently I lost the first dog I ever had to cancer and I simply can not get over it. His name was Patch. We have two more boxers, one we rescued when Patch was 5 and the 3rd one, the puppy arrived two months after his passing. We know the puppy can not replace him and goodness me he is nothing like Patch but we just had to have two boxers in the house, the place felt so horribly empty.

I realise now why I miss him so much. Why I can not stop feeling his absence. He was like my shadow, he was always with me, following me, waiting for me no matter what I was doing. 

Boxerdog, garden

He was like a part of me I didn’t know I had until it was missing.

He was my walking buddy from the start. Together we walked Connemara all over and I took thousands of photos over the years. My favourite memory I lovingly think about is that always since he was a pup whenever I took photos and he was on the lead, he would stand very still until I was finished (so my images are not blurry), I only had to ask him. He was such a star. My other two boxers never took up that habit, they don’t have the patience I believe, especially the pup.

Boxers, dogs, walking, nature

Patch was a rare jem in many ways, he was the perfect dog.
Missing Patch will never fade away. A part of me is gone forever with him. 

Boxer, dog, sleeping

You might think me silly feeling so strongly for a dog  but if you never had one you have no idea how much love and affection they can give, how much they can fill up your life and the saddest part is you wouldn’t realise it untill they are gone.

Boxerdog in the grass


Angry at Christmas 😣🎄

​It has been a while since I was here for the simplest or rather very complicated reason of my severed telephone cable. It happened at the end of September and sadly I am still waiting for Eir to come by and repair it. You should think that 3 no 4 months are more than plenty for those guys to organise themselves and get some work done so people can talk to their relatives abroad on Christmas 😩

Unfortunately, Eir people don’t feel so generous to their customers. 

So I have been suffering in silence for 4 months together with my family, including 2 teenagers (can you imagine 2 teenagers without internet at home all this time?!?!)

So, thankfully, we all have mobile phones and can still connect to the world this way. But for me nothing beats a good work out on the computer. 

So  Eir people, please get your stuff together and give us our internet back, we have been paying for it for the last 4 months without getting any, I say that is a bit of a rip off 😣

Oh yah, Merry Christmas to you too

🎄🎁   Eir   🎄🎁