Saturday, July 19, 2014

John and Máire's lovely wedding!

In typical fashion, this is a very late post; the wedding was in April!! But I still wanted to share these photos as it was such a wonderful wedding. John and Máire are awesome and we all had a lovely day!! 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Cambridge Botanic Gardens

I went to the Cambridge botanic gardens over the Easter weekend.*

They're lovely!

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*I'm so late in posting this, it's terrible! Obviously, I'm taking my time in getting back into the swing of this blogging thing. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Birthday fun in Brighton!

We all went to Brighton for Laoisha's birthday in April. She turned twelve! She's nearly a teenager!! It was a really fun weekend, as always! The weather was lovely and we enjoyed good company, great food and a million doughnuts!

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My family is all kinds of incredible!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A few trips to London!

Cambridge is just over an hour away from London by train. It's fabulous! I try to take advantage at least once a month and do something touristy.

I was at the Natural History Museum for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition awhile ago. The photos were really incredible and the setting was... Well, look for yourselves!

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Nice, huh?
Also, look! A dinosaur.

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On a separate day, I went to Burlington House for some training for work. It was fancy! Burlington House is home to a number of learned societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

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The RSC offices are so nice and filled with some interesting books and chemistry related artwork. It was such a treat to be there!

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After learning about the inner workings of the RSC, I met Paul (who had just flown in from Dublin) and we took the train to the Camden Market. Wow! It was so fun and different.

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I also picked up some macarons from Ladurée... It's becoming a bit of a thing now. They're just so delicious!

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And then a romantic stroll along the Southbank, where we got a great view of Big Ben, passed by the Globe and saw Tower Bridge...

There's a lot to London!*

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*And I'm so lucky!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Big Emigration

Moving to England has been fairly simple: I didn't need a visa, getting myself set up with a bank account, etc, was simple and there hasn't been any culture shock... Well, I got a bit of a shock last week when I realised the Brits don't know the meaning of the term 'giving out' but that's a minor issue.*

I'm very lucky: I've only moved across one small sea; I work in the friendliest place possible; I have friends and family in other cities here; and I get to go home regularly. Not to mention the fact that everyone wants to visit Cambridge!

Before the move, I spent some relaxed time in Galway, visited Paul's parents in Mayo and then my sister in Dublin.

I went for a farewell walk to Salthill with lovely friends.

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Paul and I enjoyed a night in O'Connor's, the most Irish pub in Galway!**

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We strolled around Westport House...

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I walked my nephew through Phoenix Park and he didn't fall asleep like he was supposed to.

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I visited the Book of Kells and the Old Library at Trinity, which was amazing!

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And then, at eight am the next Saturday morning, we left Ireland. This was our view on the way into Holyhead on the ferry.

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To get the ferry at eight am, we had to leave home at about six thirty am... After a not-so-heavy-but-still-late night out... Yeah. Clever. Once we got to our lunch stop, I was exhausted. It wasn't pleasant.

We were in Portmeirion and I couldn't drive any farther, so... Well, this is Castell Deudraeth and our suite was the one on the right! 

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Despite the initial awfulness, it turned out to be a really lovely day, exploring this bizarre fake Mediterranean village in the heart of Wales and having a mini holiday.

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The next day, we drove on to Cambridge via Snowdonia National Park and a host of lovely mountains. It was lovely! 

*It means telling off.
**Probably not the most Irish pub in Galway.

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