Phoenix Park Bike Rides

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and for two years or so, we were lucky enough to live a stone's throw away from it.  It was a place for walks, runs, picnics, photographs and long cycles.  Our affectionately adopted backyard.

Nearly 30% of it is covered in trees and reading this bio , learning that a herd of Fallow deer have lived in the park since the 1660's is just a reminder that no matter how familiar, there is always more to learn.  And if you've ever happened across these guys hidden under shade or out grazing- it somehow always holds you captive for a while.DSC_0099
It's been a long while since I've been back cycling here and renting a bike to explore it all over again was just the thing this afternoon called for.

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A little snippet video of my usual giddiness here on Instagram.   (Rental bikes are from 5 euro at the main gate.)

Candid Captures

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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If you follow along on Instagram, you may know that I re-injured my right knee on race day this past weekend.  It's not the nicest feeling in the world to have to stop and say 'enough is enough' but the kindness of these girls and some of the runners that day were unbelievable.  Races may not always start or finish the way we hope, but this one sure did end with a lot of heart.

Cannot wait to be back at it.

Evening Bliss

DSC_0076 Walked into the kitchen to see Jill on the balcony, classical music on play and watching the sunset. There are so many moments where cameras aren't on hand or words don't find their way on to a blog post but these moments of serene bliss in the simplest of ways inspire me in so many ways.
DSC_0082 To my flatmate who lights candles always, has the best music on play and is the best guru for all of life's questions- I am so excited for your upcoming two weeks of adventure! Evening bliss on repeat.

Liz Costigan | Positive Fitness

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Let's talk this lady for a second.  She is light, exuberance and drive in one pocket-sized body.  Her approach to fitness and lifestyle has been so influential to me in the last two months that I cannot help but want to cheer her on as she creates more programmes, opportunities and written posts to inspire others to get on board.

Never in a million years would I have thought of myself as a runner, but come Saturday- we take part in the 8K/5mile as part of the Dublin race series.  And with huge gratitude to her, we've all come to realise it really is about the finish line, not the finish time.  A healthy honest approach.

So proud to be trained by Liz.  She is dynamite, friends.

John

Monday, June 22, 2015

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To my brother- always an individual whose humour, dancing skills, work ethic and determination are forever cheered on by friends and family.

Happy Father's day to the brightest.

A little print for April & the Bear

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DSC_0534 Every now and again, there is a little nudge to be brave and try something different.  That whole stretch outside your comfort zone mantra and after many (many) a nervous conversation with the best sort of friends- this print was turned in.  I adore it and just the thought of it gracing a friend's, a sister/brother, mother or family's home or shop brings me more joy than all of those nerves and fears combined.

I've always loved those black and white floral prints floating around- these ones are just my version to you friends. Seriously geeking out that it is even out there in the world.
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Currently soaking up residence and for purchase in Siobhan's beautiful pop-up shop on 5 Dame Lane.

On Reflection

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Over the course of the last few years, through loss and circumstance, I've learned a lot about the habit of reflection.  Not in the frou-frou or superfluous way- but in that genuine use of a tool to better oneself.  It is so easy to keep going on a set, defined path but stopping and changing for a time has allowed for a period that I am so undeniably proud of- for its challenges, its growth and more than anything to help define a voice and spirit (my voice and spirit) that needed that time.

As a result, the definition of success has changed a great deal throughout this time.  More than anything, I am so grateful to have met and learned from people who have taught and shown kindness as a staple habit whilst working towards those goals.
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I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.
Bene Brown

These Sunsets

Friday, June 12, 2015

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These days of sun and summer have felt incredible in Dublin.  And the sunsets : candy coloured, painted brush strokes of clouds have been all sorts of perfection.

Industry: the Cafe

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DSC_0303 (1) Lately, Dublin has been seriously upping its game with pop-ups, new food ventures and this cafe in Industry is one of its loveliest additions.  With its bright display, magazine-worthy interior design and simple but gorgeous selection of food- there's really no excuse to not visit whilst in town.

The little lane that is Drury Street just keeps getting better and better.
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[edited update: Everyone's favourite foodie Ketty did a more-in depth review of the deli here and the warmest of hellos to Susie, the freshest (coolest) barista! ]

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