Running like maniacs, in the woods

thumbnail_20170718_125015My favourite pastime, wandering around the woods and seeing where I end up. Even better, when your sister decides to come with and brings the children.

thumbnail_20170809_183734Them little nutcases. You would swear, they had never seen trees before. Running around like little maniacs, shouting oh my glob, look how big that tree is.

thumbnail_20170718_123118Then attempting to climb the tree and barely getting an inch of the ground. Funniest thing, I seen in a while. No gold medals, for tree climbing, anyway.

thumbnail_20170718_125641They also have a weird fascination, with pinecones. Every 30 seconds, I was being handed pinecones and asked to hold onto them.

thumbnail_20170718_124722I left the woods, with pockets jam-packed, with pinecones. If someone had tried, pick pocketing me at that moment, they would have been left very confused.

thumbnail_20170718_123719My favourite thing about wandering around the woods, is the views and the places I end up. Truly beautiful. This time we ended up, by the shore and the view speaks for itself.

thumbnail_20170718_133909It feels like forever, since I’ve done one of these posts. I’ve shown you guys, a lot of scenery and weird forest finds, from the North of Ireland.

thumbnail_20170718_124928 I’ve only done one post of the South, so for my next wandering post, I’m going to try to wander, somewhere in the South of Ireland.

thumbnail_20170718_133901The 6 counties in the North and 26 in the South, can be complete opposites, in some ways, so it’ll be interesting to see the difference.

thumbnail_20170718_124229The woodland and forests aren’t as well-kept in the south and I’m not sure if they have themed forests, with random things placed, amongst the trees. But, the scenery is just as nice and hopefully, I’ll get some really nice photos.


Glitter Watercolours and A 3-year-old. Sure what can go wrong.

20170510_170514Today my 3-year-old niece came running into the house, calling my name. Normally, I’d go hide somewhere, because this usually isn’t good and means I’m about to be beaten with something she found in the garden. But I promised my sister, I would mind the child while she was at work, so I had to take whatever was about to come my way. Lucky for me, she just wanted to show me her glitter paints. I have to say, they’re kind of cool. Hard to see what colour the paint is, when its dry though. They looked much better when we were finished, surprisingly.

2After a debriefing from my sister, a little voice comes from behind me and says, “we need to paint” and rudely orders me to go get water. Which caused the whole “ask nicely” argument and somehow lead to the child convincing me to let her paint in my sketch book. She did make a good point, we have to share. Plus, she can’t do much harm with water paints.

I got everything set up ready to paint and then we notice there’s only one brush. Expecting an emotional melt down, I quickly told the child, she can paint and that I was okay.  However, she was having none of it. Getting all emotional, she piles up and shouts, “we’re sharing. You got to paint too.” One brush wasn’t going to stop her. She was determined to share these paints with me. It was really sweet.

Her solution to this problem was really cute, she said we could both hold the brush and make a beautiful picture. The shape of us, both trying to paint with this tiny little brush was hilarious. I was left holding the very top of the brush, trying not to lose my grip or she’d shout at me that “we need to share.”

6After a lot of failed attempts, we managed to paint a beautiful swirl together. Considering a 3-year-old was holding onto most of the brush, I think we done a good job. The paint worked well too. It was all glittery and stayed that way after it dried.

20170510_162950We murdered the brush but. Don’t think we’ll be painting much more with that.

1And after she decided I needed some beautiful tiger stripes, but just on my thumb.