For a about a week, I worked remotely on the island of La Gomera at a little place in a barranco called La Mangita. I had a little apartment to myself with views over the valley, mountains, trees and the cliffs from my balcony. To maximise my daylight hours, I woke up at sunrise and […]
Robert’s Cove, Cork
One almost-hot, sunny day, I took a drive out southwest from Cork city to Robert’s Cove. There was a lot of seaweed washed up on the beach that day but there were spots high up that were comfy enough for sitting on the sand and getting a touch of a sun. On the right, behind the houses […]
As things cool down and the frequency of the storms increase, I’ve been thinking back to last winter when we had just been in Ireland for three months. It was the usual: some people thought the weather was the worst it had ever been, some people thought it was too warm, the snow was late, the snow […]
In good weather, Rocky Bay can get busy. People might bring those little disposable barbecues with them, beach towels decorate the space and small children work away with a spade in the sand while the brave ones hop in the waves with their hands up. When the tide is low, there is more beach to go round […]
The Old Head
One of my most favourite places ever, has to be The Old Head of Kinsale. Right on the end of the peninsula is a golf course that’s just for members, and a good-looking one it must be too, but I just go for the views. Here are a few photos from winter and a few from […]
Ayisha’s Spice Shop
It can be difficult to find spices that we usually get in South Africa, in quantity, here in Cork. It seems like most Irish people also don’t really like their food too spicy, so hot chillies can be difficult to source from local supermarkets. Dunnes and Tesco do have an “ethnic” sections but are often […]
Model Yachts on The Lough
I ended up at The Lough because I was looking for something, but I found something else: model boats racing. The Cork Model Yacht Club was founded way back in 1920 and usually have races happening every Sunday around midday. If you’d like to find out more, you can go here or here.
A walk at Ballinspittle
This little town is a great place to stop over at if you’re on the way south to the Old Head of Kinsale or Garrettstown Beach. Just south of the town is a place where you can pull over and enjoy a walk through forests and gorse (in season).
Glengarriff Reserve in winter
This indigenous forest and ancient woodland is named after the town’s located close to. The Glengarriff Reserve is just west of Bantry Bay (the bay can be seen from Lady Bantry’s Lookout, pictured below) and has a few different paths and walking trails that lead through different areas, moorland, meadow, bog and forest. Look out for […]
Well worth the drive west, Inchydoney is a lovely beach on the good and bad weather days. It’s actually part of an island that’s connected to the mainland by two causeways. If you’re looking for a good spot for lunch or a pint, visit the quaint nearby town of Clonakilty. We were lucky to stop at […]