Happy New Year….
Not that I that I got to go out for very many walks this Winter (of course it goes without saying it is high up on my list of new years resolutions) but here are a few images from some that I did go on including visiting my friends pet turtles…..
Birdy – Shelter
Flight Facilities – Crave You
Devendra Banhart – Hey Mama Wolf
My new years resolutions are still being worked on so they will start later in the month….
Spent some of my day off trying to come up with Halloween costume ideas as October is flying by so fast…so far these are top of my list…
*however laziness might mean I’ll dress as a cat like thing as I have cat ears!
Speaking of cats, the cat at home has had five tiny adorable little kittens…trying to convince my housemate to let me take one up here, not going well…
The weather this week has been lovely so I have been trying to take full advantage of the sun by getting out and about for as many walks as I can in between work and shows…..
A few images from my walks…
Rascal Flatts – Easy
Fiona Apple – Criminal
Ron Pope – A Drop In The Ocean
Ben Howard – Only Love
Friday is here again and even better it’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend….started the week in Dublin going for walks to Herbert Park, brunch in the Metro cafe and buying yummy things in Meadows and Byrne …..went onto Fermanagh to visit relations where we went for a trip to the Marble Arch Caves and had a lovely meal out in Bundoran last night to a soundtrack of Morrissey…..
Heading back to Limerick this evening before heading to Clare for the weekend with Philip, I am very proud of myself as I am very organised for the weekend having done up a mini itinerary to make the most of our time, or maybe just a little nerdy….
Here are some finds from pinterest this week….
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Just back from a relaxing week in the beautiful and charming coastal town of Nocera Terinese found in the wonderful region of Calabria in the South of Italy…It is my second time visiting the area as I am very lucky that my relations have apartments there…. The weather was sunny and warm, up in the late 30’s most days!! The mornings were spent by the pool followed by siestas and vast amounts of delectable foods and then the afternoons were filled with trips to the beach, a five minute walk from the apartment block, staying until sunset before heading out for delicious meals of fresh local produce….The area is set in a lovely backdrop of mountains beside the sea and lovely little farms and garden patches with lemon, olive and oranges trees, tomatoes, onion andchili plants….Up in the mountains there are most beautiful old towns with interesting old crumbly buildings, winding streets, pretty balconies and breath-taking views…..It was a gorgeous week with lots of swimming, cycling, walking and eating…..
We went on trips to a few of the towns near Nocera including the perfectly quaint old town of Nocera and one day to the larger coastal town Amantea for the shops, Belmonte to the stunning beach and the picturesque old town there, which has a magnificent view down to the sea…we also took a spin to Falerna on one of the nights for a stroll through the market and a taste of the gelato there, I was a creature of habit and always got nocciola flavour…
On one of the nights I was taken to the charming and friendly town San Mango d’Aquino which was ripe with beautiful buildings and wonderful fountains….I went here with some Italian friends who are from San Mango so got a guided tour of the town…the Autostrada was closed so we drove up through the winding roads which gave us the most magnificent panorama of the old towns at night scattered in the hills beautifully lit up with the sea and full moon in the back drop……we also got a flat tyre during the drive which was amusing but between the 3 guys in the car was fixed in moments!!
The coffee there needless to say was perfect but a couple of other drinks that are typical to the area and I had never sampled before include latte di mandorla which is almond milk and la Bibita al Caffè which is basically a coffee soda drink both drinks were gorgeous and refreshing in the warm evenings….there was also an aperitif we were given after dinner one evening that is made locally from herbs but as a non drinker I only smelt it….
Here are some pictures from the week….
Italy has always been my favourite country as I love everything about the culture….but I think the region of Calabria has to be the nicest with the lovely towns, spectacular landscapes, glorious beaches, fresh food (especially the ice cream) and welcoming people….I am enrolling in Italian lessons this week….
Some songs from my holiday playlist, I think it had around 650 songs on it –
the maccabees – no kind words
j.tillman – firstborn
patrick watson – the great escape
patti smith – because the night
blondie -call me
biffy cylro – mountains
goldfrapp – ooh la la
Olivia Palermo I want your entire wardrobe…she always looks glamourous and stylish teaming vintage pieces with both designer and high street brands finishing off her looks with stunning, no doubt very expensive, items of jewellery…also I have hair envy as Ms. Palermo never has a hair out of place!
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