into the out of

Into The Out Of by Alan Dean Foster From Goodreads: An ancient evil… They’re small and dark–and as elusive as a shadow under your bed or an unexplained creak in the night. But the shetani are beings of awesome power, a swarm of spirits stealing into our world from the Out Of to destroy the very fabric […]

memories

One of the things I enjoy about walking, hiking, camping and similar outdoor activities is all the gear I can buy. I’m also a real sucker for badges, patches and similar collectable items. The perfect confluence of all of this is German walking sticks… I bought this stick from a gift shop on the shore […]

covid booster 1 – 0 niall

Just like the previous two vaccines the booster I received yesterday knocked me on my arse! I had the vaccine at 11am and by the afternoon I could feel the familiar ache in my upper arm. I had dosed up on Ibuprofen and Paracetamol as a preventative and headed for bed early with quite a […]

song of the week 01: the beautiful people

“The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson Genre: Alternative Metal Single Release Date: September 1996 Album: “Antichrist Superstar“ Although I’ve been a fan of rock and metal music since my early teens I’ve never really clicked with Marilyn Manson. Then I heard this track and it quickly became one of my favourites. That may be as […]

living with covid

I finally got around to getting my vaccine booster this morning. I was going to book an appointment at the vaccine centre for a day last week but then our health centre announced a vaccine day. I decided to delay for a week for the convenience factor. My first two shots were in the official […]

renewing old friendships

Last weekend I made the long drive to Portlaoise (3.5hrs each way) to take part in the annual Geocaching Ireland New Year Resolution Event. This takes place each year on the first/second Saturday in January. There’s a meetup in a scenic location followed by a walk, usually around 10km. As January is usually a busy […]

the farthest shore

The Farthest Shore by Alex Roddie (Read by Alex Wingfield) From Audible: In February 2019, award-winning writer Alex Roddie left his online life behind when he set out to walk 300 miles through the Scottish Highlands, seeking solitude and answers. In leaving the chaos of the internet behind for a month, he hoped to learn […]

walk: the steeple (meenavally)

According to Mountainviews.ie my closest recorded summit is a small hill (219m) just 6.9km in a straight line from home. In fact I can see it from my front door. The hill is officially called Meenavally but locally it is known as The Steeple. On the top of the hill there is a small, squat […]

happy new year!

Last year I started the New Year on the top of Errigal with a hike to welcome the dawn on the summit. I had hoped to repeat that this year but my back has been playing up all week making it unlikely. Then to top it off there was a weather warning for high winds […]

hike: altnapaste

Altnapaste is 364m high and located on the Eastern edge of the Bluestack Mountains just a few kilometres west of Ballybofey. It’s a hill I’ve had on my radar since I first started looking at my Local 50 peaks on Mountainviews.ie a couple of months ago. A number of cycling routes pass near Altnapaste and […]