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Up Down!


(PIC from the “Body Language” blog article “The 23 Best Places in Berlin to watch Euro 2016” reproduced by “Slow Travel Berlin.”) Berlin in summertime is dappled….so many trees and the glint of water, and the smell of dog shit and lime blossom. Being winter...

Love Your Brain. Kevin Pearce and the Crash Reel


  If you know Shanagarry Pottery, Stephen Pearce Pottery or Simon Pearce Glass, if you worry about someone who participates in dangerous sports, who has gone to war and  has suffered a traumatic brain injury, if you are interested in snow sports and the cool...

St Patrick’s Day


    It’s St Patrick’s Day and I am determined to be miserable.   Being miserable is, after all, a tradition on St Patrick’s Day. We Irish (being prone to misery) hold our national holiday on March 17th when the weather is always awful; cold, wet,...

Another Day, Another Dollar, Three Hours On Snowshoes And Wish I Had Pie


  Today is my daughter’s birthday. We do not know what life will bring, except that we get what we wish for (i.e. a daughter, snow) and what if I had known that three decades later, I would be spending this auspicious day tromping in...

In Patagonia. In Chamonix.


The weather in Chamonix yesterday was icky pooh….16?C with fat, cold rain. Mont Blanc and the Aguilles were shyly shrouded from us mortals below, showing themselves only to the angels.  But the weather didn’t matter to me.  I wasn’t climbing mountains, cramponing glaciers, birling, birling...

Pedal Power


  This week it’s all about cycling. Our friends Mike and Kathryn are over from Cork cycling up hill (make that Alp) and down dale every day. They usually stay with us, but this year they’ve been joined by an equally bike-fanatic couple, so they...

When You SUP on Lake Annecy You Need a Long Oar


We spent last Christmas and New Year in Australia (“spent” being the operative word:  it was the most expensive place I have ever been, bar none. It was a relief to go on to New York to find everything reasonable and good value.)  The people...

My Lovely Canoe


July 2nd and the first time taking my canoe out on the lake this year.   Shame and fie……but life kinda gets in the way and if not life, then weather or lack of a strong-muscled crew……   I have always loved boats, but not necessarily...