I was lucky enough to visit Ireland back in May 2015 and visit a very good friend friend of mine Steve.
Whilst there we hiked to the top of the Comeragh Mountains, climbing Mahon Falls and taking in the amazing view.
The Comeragh Mountains are a remarkable and varied range, stretching from the coast near Dungarvan inland as far as Clonmel. The central part of the Comeragh Mountains features a boggy plateau, while the fringe features phenomenally rocky coums filled with a wonderful assortment of little Loughs.
Will be going back this year as well, here's a couple of photos taken whilst enjoying the hike.
Recently I went on a brewery tour at the Red Squirrel Brewery in Potten End. It was a very enjoyable and informative tour and a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
The tour lasted approximately 2 hours and covered the whole brewing process, as well as a bit of history about the brewing industry in general and how since a reform in the tax duty brought in by Gordon Brown under the last Labour government, there has been a boom in the micro-brewery scene in Great Britain. Which is no bad thing!
I tried Mister Squirrel, Black Lager, Milk Stout and Red Citra. All were very nice and had quite different tastes. My favourite was Mister Squirrel I have to say, hence I bought a mini keg (approx 9 pints).
Oh and whilst on the tour you get to sample 4 halves of their different beers. I'd highly recommend a visit, either on the tour or just to buy a few beers from their shop, they're not expensive and it's supporting a local business which is very important in my opinion.
Tours start at £10 per person which includes sampling 4 beers....a bargain I think you'll agree!
Visit http://www.redsquirrelbrewery.co.uk to find out more about this great local business.
This is a recent family shot of my sister and her boy's. From the left is Joshua, Jacob, Mandie and Marcus.
Jacob is 15, Joshua and Marcus are twins (not identical) and 10 years old.
They're good boys and do make me laugh, all different characters too. Jacob is footy mad and likes anything techy. Joshua is a bit more serious and very observant. Marcus has a lovely friendly temperament, much more laid back and smiley.
…with The Sound of Music!
This is an overview of our fantastic cycling holiday in Austria. Glistening blue lakes, green mountains and fragrant pine-clad hillsides, pastel coloured towns and panoramic picnic spots. The tour starts and finishes amongst the palaces and gardens of Salzburg taking in gentle waterside cycle paths, green forest trails and rural lanes.
Scenes from The Sound of Music come to life as we cycled through the Salzkammergut region, touring between ten glistening lakes surrounded by velvet green mountains. Cycling past woodlands and reedy nature reserves, stopping off for picnics or lunch in romantic lakeside towns.
We entered long green valleys, scattered with lakes, dominated by mountains and dotted with wooden chalets and church spires – including the church where Maria married Captain von Trapp.
Salzburg - Trumer Lakes/Lake Wallersee 28 to 34 miles (45 to 55 km)
We followed the River Salzach along the Tauern bike path to reach the town of Oberndorf and visit the chapel where Silent Night was first played. We continued into Trumer lake country, cycling past the largest lake of Obertrumer, the reflective waters of Lake Mattsee, the natural reserve at Lake Grabensee and the popular watersports destination of
Trumer Lakes/Lake Wallersee - Lake Mondsee/Lake Attersee 31 to 37 miles (50 to 60 km)
We started by cycling through the Egelseen Lakes nature reserve and reached the famous cheese museum in the village of Schleedorf, continuing through moorlands to romantic Lake Mondsee. We passed through Mondsee, where Maria married Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, then pedalled on to the sailing hub of Attersee.
Lake Attersee/Mondsee - Lake Traunsee 31 to 50 miles (50 to 80 km)
Cycling through the valley of Aurachtal, passing woodlands, marshes and reed meadows we arrived at Lake Traunsee to see pastel coloured buildings at the salt town of Gmunden, visiting the picturesque village of Traunkirchen and relaxed in the market town of Altmünster.
Lake Traunsee - Bad Goisern 12 to 22 miles (20 to 35 km)
We hopped on a train to the village of Obertraun, which sits on the shores of Lake Hallstatt. Cycled on to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Hallstatt, where sloping wooden roofs poke out from steep green hillsides. A short ride from Hallsatt to spend an evening in the mountain market town of Bad Goisern.
Bad Goisern - Lake Wolfgangsee 22 miles (35 km)
Pedalling along the banks of the Ischler Ache River, a popular spot to see fly fishermen reeling in rainbow trout. We arrive on the shores of Lake Wolfgang to spectacular views of one of Austria’s most popular recreation lakes. We chose the alternative route here, slightly longer and more scenic. Cycling along the east of Lake Wolfgangsee we arrived in St. Wolfgang and took the funicular railway train up to the Shafberg for some truly spectacular views of Lake Wolfgangsee. Unfortunately Amanda had a slight accident on the hillside and twisted her ankle, so we decided to take a ferry over the lake to St. Gilgen. This proved to be a top choice as the sun was shining and we were able to enjoy the lovely views.
Lake Wolfgangsee - Salzburg 25 to 31 miles (40 to 50 km)
Cycling from the waterfront village of St Gilgen to our rendevouz with the tour guide. At this point there was an optional hike which as Amanda’s ankle was a bit tender we decided to miss this out. We then cycled on through some amazing scenery through forests to descend to Lake Hintersee and cycle past waterfalls and dramatic gorges to the Salzach Valley and into Salzburg.
I found this on my google drive whilst browsing my picture albums. It has a real retro feel which I like, mainly because of the subject matter and then being adjusted with a high contrast black and white filter! The wonders of technology...
It was taken whilst on holiday in Suffolk in May 2014, outside a little confectionary shop in Southwold.
Took this picture of a beautiful sunset whilst on holiday in San Stefanos, Corfu. The storm clouds were gathering...a short while later there was an almighty downpour! Thankfully whilst we were having dinner. I will post a few more pictures when I get some time.
I took the picture on my mobile whilst walking Bruno-Munster on a lovely sunny day. It has then been retouched using an app called 'Snapseed' which is available on both Android and iOS.
I like this app as it's not too "funky" like some of the many photographic apps available, and as an added brucie bonus it keep's the original resolution which satisfies my repro head!
....caught raiding my agapanthus for nectar on a warm sunny day in July.
Did you know?
The bumblebee's buzz is produced by vibrating muscles and not the beating of the wings.
Did you know?
Bumble bees are known to play a valuable part in the eco-system – around 1/3 of what we eat is pollinated by bees. It is estimated that around 80% of the world's crop species are dependent on the pollination by bees to survive.
This is me and my munster "Bruno" whilst on holiday in Aldeburgh this year. He's a 6 year old red boxer we rescued from a Boxer Rescue Centre in Lincolnshire.
He's a very loving dog, a little boisterous at times and can be a bit picky as to what other dogs he'll socialise with!
Generally anything with a lot of fur is a no-no, as well as very small dogs as he doesn't quite realise his own strength and consequently he can be a bit full on for them.