Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Visit from the parents!

Mum and Dad visited me in Cambridge back in... May, I think it was! My uncle Gorry also came up from London and as always, the weather was lovely!

The main highlight of our trip was our first punting experience. Punting is the best way to see the different colleges of Cambridge and it's so relaxing! You just sit in a boat and get pushed along...

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Dad and I walked to Grantchester through a very pretty meadow...

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And we saw a pheasant!

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Mum and Gorry met us in the village for Sunday lunch and a few sunny day pints in the Red Lion. It was super tasty!

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It was so nice having them down and spending a long weekend together. And I love that I live in a place interesting and close enough for people to visit me!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hiking in the Mourne Mountains

The week after my graduation, I went back to Ireland for a hiking trip up North with my Mum's family. I flew with CityJet from Cambridge Airport and it was so relaxing! I left work in a taxi an hour and a half before the flight and was at the tiny airport's only departure gate about twenty minutes later. The whole experience was amazing! Comfy chairs in the departure lounge, a snack on board the super interesting Fokker 50, smiling staff! The last time I flew home, I even cycled to the airport!

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During our trip, we rented two small cottages and a big house at the Rostrevor Holidays. The site was small so walking between the houses wasn't an issue and having the big house so well stocked meant that we could enjoy our dinners, drinks and downtime comfortably!

As for the hiking, we went to the Mourne Mountains and trekked up Slieve Donard. That link is not the exact route we followed but it's close enough. In numbers, we walked a total of 16 miles, up 853 metres, for (roughly) six hours and it took three days for my legs to recover. Honestly, I was hobbling like an old lady the day after! But it was beautiful and challenging and so worth it.

Looking down once we had reached the top, I was exhilarated that I actually did it!!

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xx

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Big Exciting News!!

We're engaged!!

And we're so happy! After a few *cough* failed attempts, Paul finally got tired of my ruining everything and proposed to me one evening while we were chilling out at his place. I was stunned! We had been talking about marriage and our lives together quite a bit, but I thought an engagement was at least a year off. Once I came around to myself and said yes(!), out came a bottle of champagne, two glasses and a box of macarons to enjoy. What an evening!


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The next day we hopped on the train in the centre of Dublin and travelled out to the seaside with a few stops along the way. The sun was shining and we were loved up and carefree!


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The ring is from about the 1940's, with an emerald and two diamonds. It's the exact opposite of what I imagined I'd fall for but it was literally love at first sight! Even now, when I catch a glimpse of my ring finger, I swoon.


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Another very exciting thing that happened during this altogether exciting summer (and year) is my graduation! I have a doctorate now. I am not a student. I don't know which of those statements I love more!


It was a really nice day, filled with friends, family and good food and beer!


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When we were getting the official photos taken, Paul and I were laughing at the height difference between us and the photographer whispered to me in all seriousness... "Would you like an extra inch?" It was pretty hilarious! (We said no.)

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The next day, Paul and I got up early, had breakfast in McCambridge's and then strolled out to Salthill.


And I realised that I still love Galway! I was so eager and happy to get out of there in January. But that walk along the sea brought all the good stuff back! I miss the beach.


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We spent the weekend after my graduation in Dublin and went for a walk out by the docks to Ringsend one evening. The weather was lovely, we were exploring a new area and we found some lovely curiosities like these herb boxes!

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Pints are always gonna happen when Paul and I go for an evening stroll... This pub was so lovely!


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Later in the weekend, we sat out in Iveagh Gardens and ate ice creams in the sun.


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Two weeks ago, Paul visited Cambridge for a long weekend. We didn't do anything in particular, just spent time together.


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It's all been so special!
I'm so lucky.

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. 
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