Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the colours, the feeling of settling down for the winter and the slowing down of everything.
This does not mean an end to activities though as I love to take this reflective time to create and learn. With this in mind there are some lovely events coming up that may be of interest.
Seaweed Cookery Demo with Marie Power
On Wednesday, the 14th of October at 8pm Marie Power, the Sea Gardener, will be giving a cookery demonstration and talk on the benefits of seaweed at Brownes Farmhouse Dungarvan. In response to requests from seaweed enthusiasts, she has developed a range of innovative sweet & savoury foods using seaweed, under The Sea Gardener label.
These will be available on the night! More Details Here >>
This Christmas I will be making Christmas gifts for family and friends and you can too! Blackstairs Ecotrails in Carlow are holding two wonderful workshops this weekend – details below:
NOVEMBER 15TH, EDIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS WORKSHOP
Want to make your own edible Christmas presents? We will show you how at this all day workshop. We will go out into the hills, lanes and byways to collect ingredients to make Turkish Delight, Sloe Gin, Rowan Berry Schnapps, Sweet Chestnut stuffing and more!
€95.00 / €65 concession for OAP & unwaged
WINTER HERBAL & CULINARY LARDER WORKSHOP
A hands on workshop to stock up your larder with herbal tonics, salves and creams to keep you fighting fit for winter. Jacquie Burgess our Master Herbalist will ensure our wellness and preparedness for winter.We will also cook up some delicious treats EG Sloe Gin,Rowan Berry Schnapps,Turkish Delight and more! Suitable for everyone who loves foraging and using wild herbs.
€95.00 / €65 concession for OAP & unwaged To Book either of these events click here >>
GortBrac Organic Farm & Eco Cabins have some cool events coming up including:
11 October: Mushroom Foraging with Jonathan Spazzi
Learn how to identify, find and cook wild mushrooms; includes a talk and foraging walk through local woods
18 October: Natural Cosmetics with Vivienne Campbell
Natural cosmetics are easy and enjoyable to make when you know how. Items such as lip balm, moisturisers, bath bombs and face scrubs can easily be made at home in your own kitchen. This practical course will show you how. Come along and pamper yourself and learn how to make gorgeous, natural products for yourself and loved ones!
08 November: Seaweed Harvesting and Cooking with John Fitzgerald
Learn how identify, sustainably harvest and cook seaweed; includes a talk, 10 course taster lunch, seashore foraging trip, seaweed bath pack and seaweed garden fertiliser!
Last week I had the opportunity to go to Tralee in Co Kerry for a business Conference with my sister TweetingGoddess. I decided to make the most of my trip by also visiting Ballybunion during my stay so I called ahead and arranged to meet local historian and ecotrek founder Danny Houlihan of ecotrekballybunion.com.
Danny met me at the beach and we headed around his trail whilst he shared local information and vivid historic tales that would not be unusual in a Game of Thrones episode!
From a Chiefs sacrifice of his nine beautiful daughters to Fionn Mac Chumhaills epic battles Danny made the trip so interesting we even had passers by stopping to listen in and hear him play the pipes!
After my time with Danny we headed out of Ballybunion for a mile to visit Mike of Bromore Cliffs – This spectacular piece of scenery took our breath away and Mike was such a lovely friendly guy telling us about a local picnic that had been held in the field there the week before. It all sounded very famous five!
Mike also has a gorgeous self catering cottage available for rent and the best thing about all this is that it’s open in the winter months too! I’ll be heading down that way again soon to include a local cheesmaker and more so do check back as we will adding these trails to our website in the coming months. Meantime Here are some photos of the spectacular scenery available in Beautiful Ballybunion!
Surfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards. Information about beginner surf lessons:
Adult €30 (3 lessons €85, 4 €110, 5 €130 on consecutive days).
Groups of 7 and more €25pp.
Kids €25 (from 8 to 16yrs inclusive).
Groups of 16 and more €20pp.
Lessons run at 10am and 2pm all year round.
5pm lesson available on request.
All instruction and equipment provided.
Transport to and from beach included.
The lessons last for about 3 hours.
Changing facilities, hot showers, and a hot drink after the session included.
All you need is a towel and swimwear.
We use 4/3mm suits in summer and 5/4/3mm suits in winter. www.bundoransurfco.com
“Paddle your own Canoe” holidays on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from our newest member ‘Go with the Flow’.
Your canoe holiday generally starts in the quiet town of
Monasterevin. We will meet you by the river with your two-seat canoe and paddles, some dry bags, buoyancy jackets and a Kelly kettle (Always nice be able to pull in and have a brew with out reliance on the grid) and if required a tent. Typically you will be paddling for 2/3 hours in the morning and similar again after lunch. The river is very peaceful and quite intimate. There is an abundance of nature and wildlife all around. Walkway along the route is popular so you can expect many friendly faces, waves and chats and there are also many houses and old cottages, ancient ruined castles, farms, pubs, restaurants and stately homes. Each little town and village has its own unique character with plenty to offer the curious tourist. An audio guide to accompany you on your expedition is available as part of the Guidigo series. You can download the app via Google Play here then download Barrow way Historic trail.
Camping – (based on two people sharing) is wild camping. We can supply you with a tent and a kettle. When ever you feel like calling it a day you just pull over, set up tent and settle down for a relaxing evening and night in the great outdoors. Leave no trace policy applies. Camping and Canoeing:
5 days/4 nights only €100 pp
High season (June/July/Aug) €150 pp
Canoe rental and canoe transportation
Minimum 2 people
Alternatively you can decide to stay in one of our carefully selected bed and breakfasts or hotels – see rates below: B&B 5 day 4 night €249pp – High season (July /August) €299pp 3 Star Hotel
5 day4 nights €299pp – High season (July /August) €349pp 4 Star Hotel 5 day 4 nights €359pp- High season (July /August) €399pp For those choosing a B&B or Hotel option you will have a set finish point each day. Usually no more than 20k going with the flow. Sample Itinerary:
Day 1 Monasterevin to Athy
Day 2 Athy to Carlow
Day 3 Carlow to Leighlinbridge
Day 4 Leighlinbridge to Goresbridge
Day 5 Goresbridge to St Mullins
It is also possible to add an additional night or two along the way and/or spend two nights in one of the towns or villages enroute. Contact us directly for details of custom trips. www.gowiththeflow.ie
The Irish Seaweed Safari is an experience not to be missed!
Join our 4th generation Seaweed Foragers and enjoy the spectacular shore walk from the rugged coastline of Caherush meandering along the shoreline enjoying nostalgic views looking out on Spanish Point Bay along with the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.
During the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done.
You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits. You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
They will give their expertise in how to prepare and cook the seaweeds you have encountered during the Seaweed Safari. You will be able to sample culinary delights using Dillisk, Carrageen, Sea Spaghetti, Sugar Kelp and Sea Salad among others.
You will than learn how to use seaweeds both in the Garden and how can it help for Cosmetic purposes.
The Tour lasts approx 3 hours – Walks will run in conjunction with the tide times. We will inform anyone who books the time for their chosen date. What you need:
Appropriate Clothing for weather conditions
Camera for some stunning photos!
€15 per adult – €5 Children
Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.
If you are booking for more than 10 adults and also inc children then please do not select child numbers at booking point (to avoid getting charged) – instead please add if any children and numbers + ages of same in the NOTE box.
This guided looped walk is a wonderfully scenic walk in the heart of rural Ireland with lots of emphasis on the history and heritage of the Avoca area over the centuries.
Approx 15 km
3-4 Hour Looped Walk
The pretty village of Avoca and its surrounds was once the workplace of Bram Stoker (of Count Dracula fame) and its population was dependent on the Woollen Mills. Hear how the copper mines of Avoca brought prosperity and many engineering feats to this valley. See the engine houses and chimneys dotted around and enjoy your tour of the Avoca Mill established in 1723 and Ireland’s Oldest Weaving Mill.
The area is also home to the Red Kite – an impressive bird of prey which became extinct for over 200 years ago but has now been re-introduced to the local habitat. You may get the opportunity to see a Red Kite or some of the many more types of wildlife and farming animals as you walk with us. Enjoy spectacular views over the Vale of Avoca and beyond.
Hear how Ireland’s national poet Thomas Moore chose the Vale of Avoca for one of his most memorable songs the Meetings of the Waters.
Classification: Easy/Moderate (a few hills to climb)
Meeting Point: Avoca Handweavers Mill
How to Get There: by car to Avoca or bus to Arklow with complimentary transfer to Avoca
Start Time: 10:00 hours
Saturdays and Sundays
Booking: Advance booking essential Price:
Adult €25, Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children) €50
Packed Lunch: €5 pp (Hearty Sandwich and piece of fruit) Included: Guided Walk, Tour of the Avoca Mill, Bottle Water and Snack Bar EAI Map Ref:Avoca Handweavers Mill >>