Lazy Sunday…

It has been an eventful summer this year, with lots of places explored, I am fortunate to live in a beautiful area of Ireland ‘the Sunny South East’ as they say. We have had exceptionally good weather this year, which also means more time spent in the outdoors. I have even been swimming in the Irish sea, that’s a first, have discovered a lovely long stretched beach in the south east area.

Here are a few pictures from my outdoor adventures, most of them around Wicklow Mountains as you would imagine. It has yet again been a busy year for us in the MR business, but wouldn’t like to be without it. It is extremely rewarding and gives a sense of purpose, being able to do the things you love – to be out in the outdoors and help others at the same time.

I actually did something new that I haven’t done before, I partook in a 5K race http://dfrun.ie/index.php/about-us/news/80-dara-fitzpatrick-memorial-run-medal-to-honour-the-rescue-116-crew and that was really nice. We were come 1500 signed up, and there was a great buzz, and all was for a good cause. I will definitely do it again next year. And after the race I ventured down to Youghal, a place I use to live before moving to Dublin & Wicklow. It was a lovely day for it. It’s nice to make a day out every now and again, I don’t mind driving on my own, and go places. I know my way around Ireland quite well at this stage after 12 years living here.

And now the Autumn is here and with that we have the shorter evenings, where the darkness falls early. This means more time spent indoors, I have lots of things to fill my evenings, doing a course at the moment in Criminal Justice & Criminology which is extremely interesting.

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Between the studies and various MR trainings/rescues I enjoy getting out on my own in the outdoors. Here is a picture from one of my favourite walks, around the upper lake in Glendalough. It’s a good 3-4 hours walk if you take it in an easy pace. I went out on a Wednesday morning, it’s the best time to get out, before it get too busy. This area is the most popular area in Wicklow, with lots of tourists visiting every day in the summer time in particular. And, also locals comes here of course. But we locals, know what time is best to head out to avoid all the crowds, I prefer early mornings. This picture was taken from the view point up on the Spinc, its a fantastic walk and I enjoy taking it walking the road up to the miners village, walking up the zig-zags and then turning left over the bridge and start my climb up to the spinc, walk along the ridge to end up going down all the steps and end up back down at the Glendalough visitor center. By the time I came down it was around 11AM and it started to get really busy.

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This picture is from another walk I did this summer, it’s located not that far from Glandalough, and it’s a shorter walk around 10km, nice if you want to get out of the house to get some fresh mountain air. Here I was walking up towards Brockagh East summit, a walk I have done so many times now I know every rock. These hills are filled with sheep walking around as well, but they seem to be use to people walking by so they don’t really give you that much attention.

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I am not afraid venturing out on my own, once you bring your basic gear such as map, compass, waterproof jacket and trousers, food/snacks, water and wearing a good pair of hiking boots. Then you’re safe. I tend to carry more than a normal hiker would, but I could not get out without being prepared for any eventualities, and I love every second that I spend out there. It always gives me a sense of freedom being out in the nature, it’s quiet, no cars, and all you can hear is an odd raven, and sheep going bah-bah, that’s about it really. and I just love that!

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This picture was taken from CroaghPatrick, a mountain in Westport, co. Mayo. We were out early and saw the sun rising, giving beautiful colours to the surroundings. This was in late July, but the colours looks a bit autumny, don’t they? Views like this beats anything else really.

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Beautiful sunrise at Croaghpatrick, Mayo.

I’m having a lazy Sunday looking back at this summer’s adventures. I have been travelling quite a bit this year, both for work and leisure. The next trip on the agenda is Neuchatel, Switzerland in December, that’s where our head office is located so will go back for our annual Christmas Party and catching up with colleagues. I’ve spent 1,5 month there so far this year, and will go back every now and again. While being over there I have views of the Swiss Alps, the likes of Eiger and Mont Blanc towering in the distance, some 3 hours away. But the sight of them is just amazing.

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This is from across the lake from the B&B I usually stay at, beautiful isn’t it?

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

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Mountains and Xmas decorations…

Well, it’s December already and every shop in town is playing Xmas songs, and have to admit that it is rather nice. It’s nice to have this festive season coming up at this dark month, and will reveal a little secret….I love Xmas and all that comes with it. But this year I am a little bit late with creating our Xmas card for this year, but finally got to do it today. I had a few illustrations to chose from and went for a picture that I created not long ago, by using some creative text.

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And here it is, I sort of like this one myself and here is the other one

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But voted against this illustration due to that it got cropped in the creation of the xmas card layout and it did not look too good. So the Xmas tree it is this year and was happy to finally put in the order of the printed cards. This is one of the perks about being able to illustrate your own cards, because nobody else will have the same card.

What else has been happening? Well, been busy being out in the mountains on various trainings and events, but love it. Yesterday I was out with a group where I am helping out and we decided to venture up on Scarr summit, from a different angle this time. It is a very steep climb at the start, and yesterday was a very windy and unfortunately misty day, so the views were not great, but at least everybody enjoyed it and on our descent we managed to see a little bit of the surroundings getting down towards Laragh.

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We had a few dramatic views heading back down, but it is absolutely gorgeous. After having spent the week in an office getting out on the hills is very rewarding. And this walk was no different, even though it was extremely windy at some places and we had to walk through the mist/fog, it was still great!! And in this group there is a variety of people, some I have known for a long time now and sometimes there is one or two new faces coming along.

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This month is going to be interesting as I will start a new course in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, during the past three years I have gotten into the world of Forensic Science and what I like about it is that it has so many different areas to dig into and learn. Why Forensic Science? Well, we all have something that we are interested in and is passionate about, this is my area of interest, and intend to learn as much as I possibly can. Nobody knows where it will take me, but I enjoy this path I am walking and will keep following this road. My next course in October next year will be CSI – Crime Scene Investigation and will really get into some interesting stuff.

My interest for this started a few years ago, when I heard an ad on the radio in the car, and I was like…hey that’s what I would like to do. And I started to do some research, and jumped on an introduction course to Forensic Science, mainly for the reason to see if I liked it or not. And lo and behold I am hooked, it is just up my street and suites my analytical mind and eye for details. This was back in 2015, and I started to build up my personal library of books in the subject (seen on the above picture). There is something special about having a proper book that references the various areas of your interest, to fall back on and read. You can find lots of information on the internet, but it does not always beet the sense having the actual book that you can get back into if you come across something you’d like to study closer.

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I have had this book now for some time, and will be using it for the new course, it covers the whole psyhology of Criminal Justice, not only the criminals but also everyone involved in a case including the court.

“I didn’t invent Forensic Science and Medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognise how interesting it is” – Patricia Cornwell

Mist on the hills

I woke up all exited this morning. I have been out travelling for three weeks for my work, I have been to Poland and Norway (my fav country). And, some may think it is exiting to do those travels, but the truth is that when you’re travelling for work doing what I did., is not that exotic. Living in hotels is nice maybe for one or two days but having to stay in a hotel for a week is no fun at all.

My last week visiting agencies in Oslo was the best part of my trip, mainly because I really like Norway and Oslo is a nice city.

Here are some of the pictures I took this week. And as you can see the weather was nice and clear, temperatures a bit low. But I love that fresh air.

So you can imagine the reason for my excitement this morning…I was finally home and the Mountain is calling my name. Had a walk scheduled for today with Mike’s Hike’s where I often help out with the group.

The route for today was planned to start getting up to Croghainmoira summit and continue along the ridge over to Fananieran, but when we gathered at Glenmalure Lodge it was looking very poor, the mist was down and it might be hard because the guys would not get any views at all ones up.

And we had to make a little change of the plan, we decided to walk up two different summits instead, and we set to it.

We decided to venture up to Carriglinneen but unfortunately the mist was still heavy in places, but I did not really care I can be out there in any type of weather, it felt so good being out on the hills again to smell the nature and the colours were beautiful.

There was a big crowd out today, and very nice meeting them all again from being away for a while, due to various MR trainings and such.

As you can see on the above map, we had to backtrack back to the car park and continue up to Cullentragh. We wanted to make a nice walk of our day since we had to change route. But I will get up to Croghainmoira again, last time we tried we had to deviate and get down to lower grounds due to a blizzard.

The weather in the mountains is forever changing, you can not really plan, the weather is what it is here in IRELAND. But I truly love getting out in any type of weather hot or cold, and even drizzles.

The mountains are calling and I must go!