Forty plus shades of green

In contrast to yesterday’s post on the Pilbara region of Western Australia, I thought it was time for some GREEN instead or red and brown countryside!

Our trip to Ireland was partly to explore where the O’Halloran family originated from. My research found that Killaloe in County Clare has records of the O’Halloran family going back to about 1100. For more info about Killaloe, see the following link:  Killaloe, County Clare

In Ireland we mainly spent our time in Galway, County Clare and Dublin. I loved the countryside and the people. We had some problems finding our way around though and got lost several times. We also copped an excess baggage fee of around $100 from Ryan Airways. The airfare was cheap but maybe that is how they make up the difference 🙂



Weekly photo challenge: Background

april14 001 IMG_0935Oops! I didn’t mean to include myself in the background when I took these two photos 🙂


DSC00627In 2008 I went to Ireland in search of the land of my ancestors. I was looking into their BACKGROUND. The building behind me dates back to the 1100’s – WOW!


DSC00509I don’t think it will be too difficult to guess what is in the background in this photo.


DSC00580 DSC00571If you ever do a bus tour of the Tower of London, make sure you make a mental note of the background where the bus drops you off. I didn’t and then missed the return bus! Fortunately I found my way back to the hotel 😉


DSC00495For an Aussie girl who enjoys writing I couldn’t resist taking this photo with No.1 Fleet Street in the background.






An aerial view of the Tower of London as seen ...

An aerial view of the Tower of London as seen from the SwissRe Tower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

English: The island of Ireland, showing intern...

English: The island of Ireland, showing international border between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, traditional provinces, traditional counties, and local authority areas in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Burren, County Clare, Ireland

The Burren, County Clare, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was a tough one for me and quite enlightening as well! To choose an item that is MINE I thought about dozens of different items in my home. Most items are shared. I also thought that if it was MINE, to qualify for that title, then it would have to be something I couldn’t easily give away or replace.

Honestly, it was hard to choose! I found that things my sons had made for me at school were at the top of the list. Then there were gifts from my husband and friends that were precious too. I settled on a brooch I bought for myself in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland (on the Burren). For some intangible reason it links me to my ancestors and is a great reminder of my trip there in 2008. I loved the landscape of the Burren – it was “other worldly”


From my previous blog: NB – The results of my recent poll were 71% in favour of Alan Jones losing his job and 29% were not in favour