Category Archive: Amateur photography

Winter light

Cow Strand, Sherkin Island, November 2012. Oileán Chléire (Cape Clear Island) is seen in the distance.

The calm before the storm

While I was taking this picture on Sherkin’s Trá Bán the other day, Hurricane Sandy was building momentum mid-Atlantic and within hours would hit the USA’s East Coast, causing much devastation. Worlds apart, yet… Continue reading


Kilmoon. The very name conjures up a magical, mystical far-away place. I wrote a feature on this wonderful garden a couple of years ago for The Irish Garden magazine and just wanted to give you a glimpse… Continue reading

Webs of intrigue

Autumn may be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness but it also heralds the arrival of spiders in-doors. At the first hint of an autumnal chill, in they creep. I remember reading… Continue reading

An Irish blessing

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until… Continue reading

A dog’s eye view

Introducing Nellie, your personal tour guide of Sherkin Island. Nellibellikins (or Smellikins, depending on what she’s been rolling in) would love to share some of her favourite places on the island with you, like Cow… Continue reading

Jelly fish days

Legend has it that if hoards of jelly fish turn up on the shoreline, you can expect endless days of sunshine. I snapped these pictures in early June and it has rained more… Continue reading

Evening tide

Nellie, our dog, likes nothing better than to run up and down the seashore. I dedicate this picture in memory of our dear friend, Stuart, who loved the sea.

Stitch ‘n’ beach

Knitting and crocheting on the beach is one of life’s little pleasures. On a dull and damp June Bank Holiday weekend, I stashed the knitting needles in my bag and headed off to Silver Strand.… Continue reading

Where to now?

Step outside of the front door and you’ll find this on the flagstone right outside. Created one day by the island husband with an angle grinder, it somehow looks as if it’s always been… Continue reading