‘Habitat’ (a Poem and a Reflection)

It has been a long time since I wrote anything substantial for this blog. During December, I’ve felt disinclined to write (#NaNoWriMo drained me of my creative powers, clearly ๐Ÿ˜‰) and have instead been focusing on my off-screen life, which is no bad thing. Right now, I’m enjoying that calm, lazy post-Christmas feeling. ๐Ÿ˜Œโค๏ธ I…

Wildlife Rehab With KAF: One of the Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

This August, I started volunteering with Kildare Animal Foundation (KAF)’s Wildlife Unit โ€“ I was inspired by the incredible dedication of a close friend who had been a regular volunteer there for several months โ€“ and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve learned so much about animal…

My Post-#NaNoWriMo Reflections

The wild, often frustrating, yet incredibly mind-expanding experience that was #NaNoWriMo: what can I say about it? Now that it’s December and the dust has settled, I look back on the whole thing with an enormous sense of gratitude. I’m so happy that I took on this challenge and saw it through to the bitter…

#NaNoWriMo: How I’m Maintaining My Momentum

A week ago today, I embarked on the wild ride that is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. This annual writing odyssey โ€“ during which participants challenge themselves to finish the entire first draft of a novel in just one month โ€“ occurs every November. Iโ€™ve known about this formidable challenge for a couple of years,…

Fear Vanquished: My Learner Driver Experience So Far

๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ท This Halloweโ€™en, I have finally begun to shedย my intense fear of driving. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš˜ In September, I started learning how to drive. I am 28 years old. I was legally allowed to learn how to drive a full decade ago, but I put it off for so long because driving was never a skill that…

Embracing the Beauty of the Colder Months

I’ve always been a fiend for summer โ€“ as I have made abundantly clear on this blog, time and time again. Few things delight me more than flashy, extravagant displays of fully developed flowers in all of their glory, or of dense green foliage covering every tree in sight: drinking in the abundant offerings of…

‘Your Solace’ (a Poem)

You never believed that solace was in sight:It’s not our way, your conscience said.Our way isThe path of fortitude. Our way isEver-sacrificingEver-selfless,Ever ready to place ourselvesInto the line of fireAnd never complain of burns. We are the rockThat stands still always:The solaceThe strengthThe shelterFor those who cannot stand alone. You never believed that your solace…

A Search for Fairies in Co. Kerry

This post is all about the amazing fairy trail on the grounds of the Parknasilla Resort in Sneem, Co. Kerry. It is one of many such trails in Ireland. I visited the picturesque town of Sneem the weekend before last, along with my family, to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. Our unexpected detour to the…

‘Freedom Is…’ (a Poem)

Freedom is… Running on the beach, Carefree as a child in the glorious heights of summer, Shouting and hollering your joy to the four winds, Without a care for who may be watching. Freedom is… The first moment of the school holidays: Bursting out the gate, Racing your friends down the street, Laughter in your…

Glendalough: a Photographic Chronicle

I’m currently reflecting on a trip I took to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, last week. Glendalough is a truly beautiful place: filled with gorgeous evergreen trees, ample deposits of granite and quartz, an impressive number of feral goats, and huge, towering rocks that shimmer with mica. Prior to my visit last week, I hadn’t been there…