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

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

💜

​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   🎄🎁  

I was pottering about in the garden the other day and I was amazed how pretty the lilies looked in the fading light, right after the late afternoon rain.

Obviously, I had to share!!

lilies in the garden
Garden lilies
garden lilies
After the rain
garden lilies
Sitting pretty
garden lilies
Lilies in detail
garden lilies
A portrait of a lily

Do you know what is photographer’s worst nightmare?

Well, not being able to take photographs of course. Today the weather was really bad and stormy when I went out to walk the dogs and I decided to leave my camera and even my phone at home.

Bad, bad decision. I regretted it all the time I was out.

I had the most amazing walk!! Yes, the weather was stormy and wet, I got showered twice and I dried out after that but it was absolutely amazing!! I walked on the High road,  just out of Oughterard. The name justifies the view that accompanied my walk till its end and back. You have no idea what Connemara had in store for me today, it was the most amazing of days!!

The dark clouds were flying so low over my head I felt as if I could touch them if I just stretch hard enough. Right above them, there were patches of brilliant blue sky smiling at me while I was getting showered right under. Because make no mistake, the wind was really strong and in a hurry, it really had some urgent business somewhere over the lake.

Still, the air was warm, crisp and shiny, the colours all around me vivid and bright – perfect conditions for nature photography, well, if we forget the constant drizzle flying in all directions at the same time…

I took a lot of photos this morning in my head, yes I can do that, I just wish I can show them to you now. I can see in photos and if I don’t have a camera at hand to do it in reality,  it can drive me crazy …

All I can do now is show you a picture of the dogs sleeping content next to the fireplace because they had a grand time and they were not bothered about photos, on the contrary probably they were happy I had no camera with me – they did not have to wait for me while I stop to take photos every few meters, I am sure it is such a drag for them…

boxers hugging sleeping

Apparently it’s been 3 years since I started my WordPress blog, so we have ourselves a little anniversary here on WordPress and they keep score(I got a message :roll:)!!! 

So to celebrate, here is a little something from Fairybridge cottage 🌸🐹🏡

Thatched cottage in Ireland

Thatched cottage surrounded by flowers

Thatched cottage in Connemara, Ireland

Happy Anniversary to me!! 🌸😍😝:)

Honestly, sometimes I think that the moment I grab the camera I am gone to the world.

Forget about me, I am lost in the garden, or out in the park or Walking Connemara..

Just forget about me!! ….

Then I need a few days off to convert all the images. Haha!!

The photos from the garden will never stop, there is always something new, something that just blossomed finally, something that I have waited for…

Prettiness all around