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Birthday bonanza!

5 May

My lovely birthday cake from Il Valentino bakery – tastes as good as it looks!

I’ve had a lovely birthday weekend with the boyfriend and my sister and brother-in-law who came to visit us.

We’ve managed to pack quite a lot into four days. On Friday we visited Howth, which has always been on my list of places to visit in and around Dublin. I’ve heard it’s the place to get fresh sea-food and has lots of lovely restaurants and bars, but unfortunately we got confused and only made it as far as Howth Junction which has a very small sea-front and only a couple of shops.



We had a bracing walk and some ice-cream and then headed back to Dublin in time for a delicious birthday meal at Luigi Malones. We ended up dancing (and drinking) the night away and woke up on Saturday feeling rather delicate!

We had pre-booked an hour’s kayaking on the Grand Canal with Extreme Time-Off, and the prospect was not a very welcome one when we first woke up with fuzzy heads! It actually turned out to be a great way to banish the last vestiges of a hang-over. Unfortunately we couldn’t get any photos as I didn’t fancy coming away with a soggy iPhone, but it was a lot of fun and none of us fell in – yay! If anybody fancies giving it a try, they say wetsuits are optional but I would go for them if I were you. We opted out but we didn’t realise that there were holes in the bottom of the kayaks and we came away with rather considerable wet-patches, leading to our new nickname “The Wet-Bottomed Bandits”.


The beautiful waterfall at Powerscourt, Wicklow


Today we drove out to Powerscourt Waterfall and Glendalauch. The sun was shining and the scenery was beautiful; I can’t actually say which I preferred as they were both stunning in different ways. The waterfall is so high and powerful, and the lauch is peaceful and idyllic. It’s definitely one of the best things we’ve done since we moved to Ireland, and Paddy has been snoozing for hours after expending all of his energy taking in the new surroundings!

To say I’m tired is an understatement but the weather has been glorious, the company has been great and I feel very content!

If you’ve been or have other places to suggest, I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy the Bank Holiday 🙂 DD xX

20130505-213413.jpgThe beautiful Upper Lake at Glendalauch

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