Fear

Hey! How are ya? Good? Good. I’m having a wind down after swim training with some tea and orange incense, looking over some photos and thought I would share them with you.

Over the holidays we were keen to get outside but poor old Ireland was bucketing it down most days. I can’t remember the last time we had a wet Christmas but hey…that’s global warming for ya! This day, we woke up to a break in the clouds so we lept out of bed and got our boots on.

We trudged up the mucky sugar loaf and got some nice snaps, heading down just in time for the rain to start up again. What a great feeling turning around and gazing up at the mountain, being erased with white clouds now. One of my biggest fears is heights would you believe, and yet hiking is one of my favourite things to do.

If you feel like a fear is holding you back from doing the things you love, the number one remedy I’ve found works is just doing it anyway. Plan small adventures and be proud of the small achievements. Appreciating the beauty is a much more liberating feeling than fear and it will push you forwards up that mountain so make sure to stop and take it all in. Smile when it gets tough, it really makes you see the lighter side.

Hope you’re having a good week so far.

Safe adventuring

Ella

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Bouldering be like

So it’s been a long time since I wrote a post but I got a new camera for Christmas and so I’ve been back on the photography band wagon. I’ve included some photos of last weekend where we went bouldering for the first time.

My brother had told me about The Wall, a chilled hippie hang out with funky music so we added it to our growing list of things to do and set out that Saturday to see what it was all about. Half of what he said was true but it was a Saturday after all so was a lot busier with a birthday party and a competition on. None the less, we got our gear, signed some dodgey waver to say “if we die, it’s not their fault” and then we got climbing!

There’s no ropes in bouldering so I didn’t think I’d be able for the heights but it’s so much fun, you soon forget your fears. It’s really addictive – once we finished one route we were straight onto the next – and we were completely wrecked the next day so it’s a good workout too. The place itself is an icebox so wear warm thermals and don’t forget socks if you’re renting shoes. Overall it’s a really nice spot with good vibes and lots of friendly people so definitely check it out. Afterwards, we bumped into some friends, had some tea and a cliff bar and then we were off for lunch in Avoca – mouth watering photos below.

Hope everyone’s having a great new year so far and thanks for reading!

Ella

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Lunch in Avoca

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Chickpea burger and two salads (100% vegan)

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Spinach quiche and two salads (vegetarian)

 

 

Three little birds

Happy Saturday everyone! That was possibly the longest week of my life so taking it ham and cheesy this weekend. After much humming and hawing I finally got a smartie phone. Woop woop! I decided on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and if anyone is thinking about getting one, I would definitely say go for it. I would have got the S5 only it was that little bit too big and with little to no difference in technology (but what do I know really!). It has itube which is only available for androids now and an amazing camera, so that’s reason enough me!

Anyways, Rob and I have been meaning to go to Copeswood Aviaries for awhile now, it was an ongoing joke at this stage, so today we took a drive up there. It’s just beside Avoca in Kilmacanogue in Wicklow, on the opposite side of the bridge. When we arrived we realised we didn’t have to pay which is always great but there were no signs telling us about the animals or what exactly the aviary was set up for so I don’t have much information about it. They have a pet shop where they sell some beautiful exotic looking birds and some other furry guys. I was mostly amazed by the monkeys they had there and we even got to give them monkey nuts! If you have mean neighbours who hand out monkey nuts at halloween, there are two playful monkeys up there who will gladly take them off your hands, quite literally.

If we had time we would have stopped in Avoca because that place is just the bomb so definitely pop in there after if you are going to the Aviary.

Enjoy the weekend, bye for now

xxx

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Random beaver took a liking to Rob similar to this cow on the Cliffs of Mohar last year….

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Today I just wore the basics yano and then my cheap monday jumper from an UO’s sale a while back | Shoes are dunnes years ago in the sale for €5 h3

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Lipstick is Inglot no. 281