Blackberry and apple jam

by Alison, 29/09/2013

Another day. Another challenge. Recently, I added a new skill to my cooking armory, jam making. 

I grew up in a house-hold where it was an annual event as children to visit our cousins and go fruit picking. Needless to say, we were not the most effective task force. Thankfully we could always buy extra. At the end of the day the car boot was laden with long flat boxes, stacked full of punnets of raspberries, strawberries and occasionally logan berries.

Doug Allen- Life behind the lens

by Alison, 26/09/2013

Last week I spent an evening listening to tales of the Arctic and Antarctic and taking in the breath-taking scenery that exist in these frosty zones. Unfortunately Ollie had to go back to the boat and was unable to join me. Prior to the talk I knew very little about Doug Allen, but I had been inspired and awed by his work for many years. Often without realising it was his. Doug Allen is best known for his work with David Attenborough to produce (in my opinion) some of the greatest wild-life documentaries. I may be a little bit biased though. I have grown up watching the BBC and to me, wild-life documentaries are the BBC. 

World Rhino Day 2013

by Alison, 22/09/2013

World Rhino Day. I had never heard about this before Friday afternoon.However  having been in South Africa this year and seeing these amazing animals I just wanted to mark the day. 

There are plenty of problems in the world and this may seem like a small one but it struck a cord with me. These animals are big, beautiful and ever since I saw Sally the rhinoceros in Dublin Zoo as a child I thought they were gorgeous. Today they are disappearing at a drastic rate as they are brutally and savagely poached for their horns. 

Blackberry and apple crumble


by Alison, 21/09/2013

I love blackberry picking and I have been looking forward to it ever since a friend posted on our Facebook page asking me, if I had any suggestions for her glut of blackberries. I was surprised that someone would think that I might have some tasty ideas. I feel as if I received a lot more inspiration from her then I gave. 

The Flags

by Ollie, 17/09/2013

I don't know if any of you have the same problem, but after having surfed a board for about a year and a half I tend to get bored with it and start looking for a new one.
A new board was definitely overdue. 

Lahinch longboard competition 2013

by Alison, 12/09/2013

Last weekend was the 10th anniversary of the Lahinch longboard competition. A time for everybody to dust off the old logs, remember surfings roots and that once upon a time it was all about gliding and sliding with the wave. While the competition is fierce (everybody wants a chance to win the beautiful Cequential board, that is handmade for the competition every year), there is always a good atmosphere around the event. 

Achill

by Ollie, 08/09/2013

Not too long ago we visited one of our favourite traveling destinations:

Achill

Ireland's biggest island is a stiff 4 to 5 hour drive from Clare but well worth the journey.  
Perched on Ireland's western fringe, it's rugged, it's wild, it's beautiful.

A very Dutch affair- Part 2

by Alison, 05/09/2013

So heading to the wedding I wasn't sure what to expect. My questions prior to the event yielded little information, as Ollie had never been to a Dutch wedding and was just as in the dark as I was. I wanted to know what happens, how they are different from an Irish wedding and being a typical girl, what was I supposed to wear. 

A very Dutch affair- Part 1


by Alison, 01/09/2013

So just before we finally got this blog up and on its feet, we spent a long weekend in Holland. After a brief walk around Amsterdam, we made our way to Willemstad (Ollie's hometown). The next day we were off to Baarle Naussue to celebrate Ollie's brother  wedding. The final day was spent recovering from the party and soaking in the sunshine.