Caramelised blackberry and apple cake

by Alison,  2014

It might still feel like summer outside but this cake to me looks, smells and tastes of autumn. It is warm, rich and chewy packed with seasonal fruit and a hint of cinnamon. It makes me think of golden light and shortening days. Of walks in woods, and the need for boots, hats and wooly jumpers.

Night skies


by Alison, 14/09/2014


Last night the northern lights were supposed to be visible from Ireland. If they were, I definitely missed them. However thinking of them reminded me of this image I took a month ago on a trip to Achill. It was a windless evening in Achill, which is remarkable for such an exposed spot. Driving by the lake from Keel village to Dugort both myself and my parents were struck by the amazing natural and man-made light shining across the lake. 

My Dad had been the designated driver for the night and was kind enough to bring me back to the house to grab my camera gear and try take a couple of shots. Unfortunately the streams of moonlight were gone by the time we returned but the calmness of the water and the starlight made for new perspective on a spot I have seen countless times before. 

Night time photography brings a whole new array of problems and possibilities and is something I rarely engage with. Luckily we have a plan up our sleeve for late October which should provide plenty more opportunities to develop this skill and possibly to see the northern lights!

Winter is coming

by Alison, 9/09/2014

Last Monday was the first day of Autumn and with the change in seasons a beautiful swell arrived. The parking lots were once again filled but this time it was as much with a sense of anticipation and expectation as it was with people. Hope for the days surf and for the coming winter season. 

Blackberry curd and lemon cake

by Alison, 2/09/2014

Duck season! Wabbit season! Duck season! Wabbit season! In fact both Daffy and Bugs were wrong because as far as I'm concerned, it is blackberry season (If I have totally lost you, here is the link to this classic Bugs Bunny cartoon, click here).