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 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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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

Enjoy your Sunday!




Waiting at an airport

We have all been waiting at an airport at some stage in our lives. At the moment I am stuck at Zürich airport in Switzerland, and what do you do when you’re stuck at an airport?

What do you do?

Intend to go browsing the duty free shops, but do we really make any bargains I wonder. Or are we just fooled by the marketing, making us believe it is a lot cheaper. It seems to be more the ”richer” part of the crowd travelling. Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries I have visited after Norway. Both are nice countries but to me, being from Scandinavia Norway always win of all countries I’ve visited.

Which country is your favourite?

I’m sitting here at one of the restaurants in a comfy chair and doing some people watching, I find that very interesting. You see all sorts really, and everyone is going somewhere. You see some that run around like headless chicken, having that panicky look in their eyes, dragging their clan around with all the bags, criss crossing across the place.

Then you have those that just take it easy, taking their time, giving way to people, and thinking ah well there’s no point in stressing. I fall into that category, I tend to five way to people a lot, letting them run by me, and I just take my time. As I am mostly giving myself enough time when travelling so that I don’t have to run around or stress.

Once I’m seated in the plane I often just nod off and relax, in await for the end destination. the German part of Switzerland because I can understand what they’re saying, I don’t speak a word French yet, but at some stage I might need to as I will be travelling back and forth.

Today I am flying back home, and that is always a nice feeling. It’s Saturday and know I will have one more day to chill.

I like travelling but it is always nice to get back home to your usual routines.

Ah the feeling of bliss once you are back home!

Here is a picture I took one evening, the lake in Neuchatêl is gorgeous and across you’ll have a view over the alps, you can see Eiger, Mont Blanc to mention a few. Lovely place with lovely views.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

November is here!

It’s November and looking back at the year it has been a very interesting one. I have had to put my art to the side due to excessive MR training, but it has been an interesting year and learnt many new skills. And it is nice when you have found your place and do something that is very satisfying.

But, having said that I have been able to take out my illustration kit from time to time. In the pictures below, I have been inspired by the Scandinavian folklore a little bit. The Gnome was going around from farm to farm and helping the people with their animals, looking after them, the children were putting out food for the Gnome.

My goal for this month is to illustrate our family christmas card for this year. That is a tradition I started a couple of years ago.

This was the card from last year, I tend to work with lot’s of details and this illustration took me a good while to complete. And then I usually custom make it for the printing.  This year I want to make something different, am still working on it in my head and know that by time, I will have some good ideas to work on.

You can have a look at some of my art here:

So, stay tuned… and see you soon!

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!

To Dad

I’m just writing a short post today

Today I’m honouring my Dad on his 20th Anniversary!

I have him to thank for what I am doing today – loving the outdoors!

He taught me a lot of things relating to the outdoors. He was also

a man of simplicity, a trait that I picked up early in life! I belive in keeping

things simple, why complicate things?

Thank you Dad, you were the best!!

Autumn is in the air


Well, wether we want it or not, the autumn is slowly making it’s approach, I do smell the difference in the air and it feels more fresh (sort of). Spending as much time in the outdoors as I do, you notice the changes even if they are very small. I can sense a slight change, and to be quite honest I do like the Autumn. However, having said that, I ain’t so fond of the rain, but if it stays reasonably dry it is very nice.


As an illustrator coming to the month of August, I usually get into my Christmas/winter mode, and all sorts of images are playing in my head. I am sharing a few ‘warm ups’ I’ve been working on in the past few days. Even though I am busy being out in the mountains and hills, I try to find time to do some art in between depending on the inspiration and mojo.


This picture was taken at the zig-zags above the miners village in Glendalough, we were hiking up towards the Camaderry mountain to have our bivvy night (sleeping out in the mountains). I am fortunate living near the mountains and get out doing things like this regularly. We came across a few dears that were observing us curiously, probably wondering what we were doing there, at their turf.


We come across these fella’s quite often during our walks and at times being out practicing night navigation, they stay in the distance just observing and then we can only hear them. They have a very destingtive sound.


In the early morning on Saturday, we had to get up early because the mist was coming in around us and we had to head down towards our base. In the mountains the weather can change extremely fast from one minute to the other basically. And you have to be prepared for it, and most importantly knowing where you are. We chose to follow the path all the way down to Glendalough village, but if you don’t have a track to follow your navigation skills are important, and knowing how to use a map and compass.


Well, we finally arrived at our base beside the old Monastery village where this round tower is located. Shortly after this picture was taken, our day should turn out to be a very busy one, helping other walkers/cyclists/mountaineers in need.

The mountains are calling and I must go!‘  – John Muir



Summer travels part 3

On Thursday morning we started our long journey from Oslo over to Stavanger. It is somewhat 485km, so we better start driving. We got off to a good start with nice motorways and fine roads. I was the designated driver for the day, so that himself could relax and have a look around at the landscape and other things that we were driving by. One thing that we noticed is, that there is a lot of tunnels in Norway. Why you may wonder, and the reason is that there are quite a lot of hills and rocky mountains. And rather than driving up and down these hills/mountains, they have built tunnels that goes through instead. The first 250 km or so went smooth, but then when we were getting closer to Kristiansand, there were roadworks (of course), and the traffic slowed down to 50-60 km/h. So, that made our travel time a little bit longer, that Google maps hadn’t taking in to consideration giving the total travel time LOL!

We were driving quite a long time before we came onto better roads again. But, the speed limit was pendling between 50 to 80 km/h due to very bendy roads and at some places narrow. And the tunnels!!! Gosh, I completely lost counting of them all. Beside me himself were doing a lot of oh’s and ah’s and snapping like mad with his camera. The truth is that driving through Norway has that effect on you. Because no matter where you go, there’s always something spectacular showing up. You can drive through a tunnel, and when you come out on the other side you are greeted by a view that simply take your breath away. I have said it many times, and will say it again – Norway is one of my favourite countries, the landscape is fabulous! With all the hills, mountains and the fjords!! Absolutely AWESOME!

Anyway, when we had been driving for a good while and still had some two hours left til our destination Stavanger. This view came into play, we simply had to stop to take some snap, I did not care about the driving time. At this stage we had been on the roads for some 7 hours. But close to 9PM we finally arrived to our destination and the hotel we would be staying at for some nights.


Stavanger is the capital of oil and is located on the south west coast of Norway. It is a typical harbour town, with beautiful buildings as you see in this photo. And, most of the houses were made in wood and the design was very interesting. I can say that I fell in love with this town, and it is here all the seriously gorgeous fjords starts. On our second day we went out on a boat trip up to Lysefjorden which was an hour away by boat. Lysefjorden is 42 km long but we would only travel 15 km in.

Norway is a big Viking country, many viking kings were from here and lived here. And you can get the idea when looking at the pictures above, there is a lot of water and those high cliffs are just amazing. All along the fjord the cliff raised some 1000m, it was absolutely fantastic. The landscape is very dramatic, and if you look into the horizon, there are layers upon layers of mountains, and they sort of differ in colour. From being darker in the foreground, and becoming more shady/smokey as further you see. The boat took us all into the cliff walls, and they played (at a few places) beautiful music by Edvard Grieg, he has written some beautiful classical music. And the music made the places even more dramatic, and there was an echo going around the high walls.

We made an interesting visit to some friends that were standing at the shore waiting for us, there were a few goats being at the green hills that were close to the water. We drove all the way in to say hello, and the crew threw some carrots to them which they happily accepted. The boat took us some 15 km in the fjord itself until we reached a waterfall that were cascading water out from the cliffs and the sound was defening but so beautiful. The boat drove us all the way into it, and it was just aaaaaa….so beautiful! We eventually arrived back into the harbour again to continue our sightseeing through the town.

One thing though, in Norway everything is ferosiously expensive, but it was worth it.  In my next post I will write about our journey back to the east coast again, it was the journey of our lives, so stay tuned…!

~A happy traveller~


The wild Mountains

Recently I have been out on a challenging walk through rougher terrains of the Wicklow mountains. A few of us were out doing a walk. We walked a part which took us over very rough terrain, with wet grounds, rough bog areas and mist. I knew from the start that this would be a long day’s walk, and prepared myself by starting out eating a good breakfast. Packing my provisions I would need during the day, to refill your energy depots are extremely important while doing the hill walks. I always carry raisins/sultanas, chocolate and snack bars in my “food bag” along with some lunch which usually is wraps that I prepare before heading out.

To chose the right gear is essential, and always be prepared for the worst, anything can happen while your out there. It can be nice weather when you start walking, but it can change very quickly once you get up a bit higher. The air gets cooler and you are facing stronger winds and many times mist/fog which makes the visibility limited. And this particular morning it started out pretty good on the lower grounds, but once we started to get up a bit higher we were facing the mist and cold air. The climb up towards Art’s Cross was the toughest part, because it was quite steep and you had to take it very slow and easy while climbing up. The ground was extremely wet and mucky, so it was quite slippery.

This day we were walking some 17 km and it took us in total seven hours.

When we were out on the flat area working our way back, we came across a pack of deer, there is a lot of them around the mountains. Luckily for us, that the fog had lifted otherwise we would not be able to have such clear sight as we had here. The deer’s were gorgeous as you can see in these photos. We stopped and were quiet not to disturb them too much, they eventually ran off  and we could continue our journey over the bog.

So you can see from these photos, that the grounds we were walking were not even, you had to be really careful and look where you put your feet. My advise is to always wear a good pair of boots with good ankle support, to help you feel more comfortable. And gaiters is always good to wear to prevent muck and wet get into your shoes and it also keeps the lower part of your trousers clean. I made a few jumps over the bog where I landed with one foot, and I could hear a ‘swomp’ and my foot went down a few inches in the muck. This happened a few times on this walk, but thanks to my good choice of gear my feet were warm and dry when I got home as well as my lower legs. However there were a few times I had to make a bum slide to be able to get down from a high sloop where it was wee too high to make a jump. But that comes with the work as they say.

Here are a few more picture, that will give you an idea of the area we walked. The views are always spectacular, even on a grayish day like this.

I have been resting for a few days this week and will be heading out on the hills again on Saturday, to a different part of Wicklow Mountains. This time we will walk down in the Glenmalure area which is south west from Glendalough.

I will be back with more updates next week. It is getting closer to Christmas and hope that you are all prepared to enjoy this holiday season.

Spring is an inspirational time…!

Hi All,

Well it has been a while since my last post, and it’s time for a little update.

I went on a little trip to Gothenburg, Sweden for a couple days and it was really nice. It’s funny though how when you get back to your ‘home’ place you know exactly where to go. I know where to go have a nice cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun a la mega.

IMG_0349But this time I found a very nice French coffee place and they had gorgeous pastries but I was there to get my good ol’ cinnamon bun lol! I enjoyed sitting here on Saturday morning, outside, just admiring the surroundings and watching people walking by.


But my favourite spot in Gothenburg is to walk down to the Guest Marina, and just sit down watching the boats, smelling the sea and listening to the seagulls screaming.

Passenger boat from the outer islands approaching ‘Lilla Bommen’ Guest marina, Gothenburg.


Guest Marina ‘Lilla Bommen’, Gothenburg

During my three days there I collected some renewed inspiration which I have implemented in my latest illustrations.

Work in progress – Seagull sitting on a pole Derwent Inktense pencils.

I am going to add some blueish background to this one as well to give it more depth.


Graphite drawing in progress, this is a picture of my grandson and his daddy.

I love bringing out the graphite pencils every now and again and working on some different drawings, like this portrait picture for example. It’s a picture of my grandson and his daddy.

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Well, this was what I had for the moment, I will be back next week with more updates.

Have a lovely week!