Bits & Baubles · Ireland June 2014 · Travel Blog · Unexpected Experiences

In Search of Poppies

Poppies and Ireland are two things that I would not have paired.  Yet, I started to notice images of poppies in my news feeds a couple of years ago.  Not a lot, but enough to catch my attention.  I would find myself thinking ... how could I miss poppies?  The idea was tucked away and forgotten.… Continue reading In Search of Poppies

County Meath · Ireland June 2014 · Tourist Sites · Travel Blog · Unexpected Experiences

Summer Solstice at Newgrange

When traveling, I suggest utilizing the 'tools' that have been made available to you.  Many are free! The one that I have learned to embrace, or at least when I want to, is jet lag.  I am very fortunate.  I have been able to tune into my sleep cycle and can usually make the five… Continue reading Summer Solstice at Newgrange

A December Ireland · Castle · Cottages · County Wicklow · Ireland December 2014 · Travel Blog

The Coastal Cottage Ruin

Black Castle in Wicklow, County Wicklow, is a great ruin. I almost missed it. As I was heading out of Wicklow, I decided to pull into a golf course. The green land and the deep blue of the Irish Sea was calling to me. As I took some photographs, I noticed a castle ruin in… Continue reading The Coastal Cottage Ruin

A December Ireland · County Wicklow · Estate Houses · Ireland December 2014 · Travel Blog

The Beauty of Powersourt Estate

'Green thumb' is not an adjective that would describe me. In fact, the reason that plants flourish in my house is because they are artificial. So, until recently, I would simply drive by places that had 'garden' in its name. September 2013 changed that. A friend accompanying me wanted to see two things - architecture… Continue reading The Beauty of Powersourt Estate

Bits & Baubles · Christmas in Ireland · County Tipperary · County Wicklow · Ireland December 2014 · Landscapes · Travel Blog

Ireland in December

Thinking about traveling to Ireland in December? Wondering what it is really like? While I am not an expert, I can share what I have found from my two trips in south County Tipperary (2012) and County Wicklow (2014). The Weather. The published average temperature is 48F. I have found that it is relatively accurate.… Continue reading Ireland in December