In the Eye of the storm

As if flying without ones own wings was not bad enough, a hurricane descended today. I am a very nervous flyer. Actually make that a full blown phobic. One of the reasons I booked the business class tickets was because I read an article by Victoria Coren Mitchell, who shares my concerns, about why she […]

Lonesome George

It was not hard to become spotted in the pub. After all, locals make it their business to watch the door and pass comment on anything or one coming through it. For one thing, we have sort of matching jackets. I say ‘sort of’ to slightly distance us from the insane German family I once […]

The colours of Ireland

There is a collection of three small statues atop poles in Abbey Street, which are the heads and shoulders of those whose mighty task it was to design the National Flag of Ireland. If anyone has any doubt as to the challenge of designing a flag – or Vexillology to give it its correct name, […]

From Bray to Grey

The problem with travelling is that no matter how lovely the people and how interesting the sights, it is always a slightly tiring exercise. You have to constantly recycle the same ten pieces of clothing* (and we are lucky, we have a house with a washing machine), you have to pack and unpack if you […]

Life in the Fast Lane

We had a day to visit Achill Island and set off in brighter weather that the previous day, during which we had apparently driven through some beautiful country, The dramatic landscape had been shrouded in mist and rain, but little did I know there was more drama to come from the wilds of the west […]

Living On the Edge

We wanted to include the west coast of Ireland on this trip and had planned to visit the picturesque town of Westport to begin with. However the distribution of car hire agencies thwarted our plans – or rather made us change them. I really, really did not want to drive in Dublin and so proposed […]

Hi I’m Terry …

One of the great things about travelling of course is that you get to meet the locals and get a sense of the issues and concerns that are important to the area. In the UK for example, I had been interested to discover whether or not the impression I had got from Twitter over Brexit […]