Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Saw You Standing on the Opposite Shore

It's almost the weekend! Here are some more photos from our day in Skerries last Sunday.


This is our cat 'Kitser'. My mam's friend saw her being thrown out of a moving car on the motorway and rescued her, but she was moving back to the US so my mam offered to keep her. My dad wasn't impressed but my mam adores her! She's not a very cuddly cat, but she's very pretty. Heehee





I can't swim :(



My Lovie


Can you make out the line of birds? I had to act fast to snap them!





This is the Martello Tower on Shenick Island. Shenick comes from 'sionnach' which is the Irish word for Fox. It is a wildlife reserve nowadays.



This Martello Tower on Red Island (which isn't actually on island) was built in 1794 to defend against the British who were aiding Corsica in their rebellion against the French.




After our walk we got some tea, coffee and lemonade respectively.





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I hope you've all had a great week so far! I must admit I'm looking forward to my Saturday morning lie in after a week of not sleeping very well.

Emma xx

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Here are some things I did today.


1. Ate a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel for lunch


2. Watched Return to Oz after seeing this pendant on Zara Taylor's Facebook

3. Listened to Josh Tillman (of Fleet Foxes)

What did you to today?

Emma xx

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dream I'm In The Saltwater

On Sunday Donnacha and I got the train to Skerries to see my family. We went for a walk around "The Head" as it's known locally, it's actually a little headland sticking out into the Irish sea. One side of Skerries has a stoney beach which is the North Beach and the other side has a big sandy beach called the South Strand. We were so lucky to get a gorgeous sunny day! It made me realise how much I took for granted living in such a beautiful place for years. The sea air is just amazing, there's nothing like it! Donnacha took some outfit photos for me along the way and I took some of the scenery which I will post later in the week.

You'll have to make do with these for now!










Dress- Marks and Spencers
Blazer- Charity Shop
Desert Boot Wedges- Clarks
'E' Necklace and Red Rose Studs- Accessorize
Sunglasses- Dunnes

It was really warm in some places but a bit chilly in the shade, although I didn't even have to wear my jacket for some of the walk! I got these boots a couple of months ago in Clarks. I wanted them for ages and though they were very expensive for my budget I just had to get them! I didn't know whether to go for the black or walnut colour, in the end I decided the black could be good for wearing at night as well as during the day and I don't actually own that many black shoes. They are so comfortable and easy to walk in, that's the main reason I bought them apart from loving the look of them. I love high shoes but I just can't wear the because of my dodgy knees but these are the perfect height and are so versatile.

Hope you're all having a great week so far! I'll leave you with some Beach House.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

So it seems like last week was an unintentional week off from blogging as well as an intentional holiday from my day job. I've been wanting to write posts all week but to be honest I just didn't get around to it. My time was really well spent though, I caught up with my friends, went out for some lovely lunches and breakfasts, went shopping with my best friend and with my sister, visited my parents and grandparents and did some spring cleaning (including selling some of my old clothes, not old really just rarely worn stuff that I want to get a bit of money for to put towards Kate's wedding). Donnacha came home very early on Tuesday morning and has been jet-lagged ever since, but he had a great and very busy time in Austin. I also finally spent time with my grandmother looking at old photos and taking some to scan and copy for myself. There was loads of really cute ones of my dad and aunts and uncles when they were kids and of my granny when she was my age in the 50s. I'm going to go through them properly and hopefully share some with you all at some stage.

Last Monday my parents, my brother and I drove to Glendalough in county Wicklow for a picnic and a walk around the lake and the ruins of the monastic city. Glendalough is Gleann Dá Loch (pronouced Glan-daw-lock) in Irish (Gaeilge) and means Valley of the Two Lakes which is pretty self explanatory. The Monastic City at Glendalough was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and I think most of the buildings there are from c. 11th and 12th century. I always found that part of early Irish history really interesting. It's crazy to think how old the buildings are considering how well they still look. There is also a graveyard surrounding the round tower and church that has graves hundreds of years old, the oldest one we found that was still legible was from the early 1700s. I love old graveyards! There are so many in Ireland and when we were kids we used to stop off at the really old ones when we were on holidays in the countryside. Having said that I want to be cremated instead of buried, I think visiting a grave is a little pointless and doesn't at all commemorate who the person was because all that's there is bones and dust. Well, that's my personal opinion anyway, I think there are better ways to remember those who are no longer with us and I wouldn't want anyone visiting my grave, I'd much prefer people to talk about me and watch my favourite movies or listen to my favourite music.

Okay that's all the death talk over with! Here are some photos we took on Monday, I love visiting places like this because it really makes me appreciate what a beautiful country Ireland can be and what a rich history it has. Hope you enjoy!

































How creepy are some of the photos? My brother sprained his ankle as we were walking to the lake from jumping around the trees and he had to stay in the car and listen to his ipod while we walked around, needless to say he felt pretty silly! But he's only 13 so I suppose it's to be expected!

We've been having lovely weather here all week, it was 17 Celsius one day last week, here's hoping it stays like this!

I'm back at work now, I'm already thinking about when I want to book my next holidays, we're thinking about going to Scotland for a weekend in May to visit Donnacha's brother and his girlfriend because they got us a voucher for plane tickets for Christmas and I've never been to Scotland so I'd love to go and see a bit it.

Hope you had a great start to your week!

Emma x
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