Stowaway’s Adventures Again


Meeting the Gruffalo at Well’s House, Wexford, Ireland.


Kilkee, Clare, Ireland


Burton-On-The-Water, Gloucestershire, UK


Swallow Falls, Wales, UK


Powis Castle, Wales, UK


Stowaway montage, Mullaghmore Beach, Sligo, Ireland.

Happy days…




You know how I said, ‘no more photos…’

You won’t be sorry, promise because here I combine wonder with cuteness.

On our holiday, with thanks to my patient, long-suffering husband, we travelled with a small mouse called Stowaway.

This is his story…


Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, UK


Captain Cook’s Cottage, Staithes, Yorkshire, UK


Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK


Examining the exhibits at Whitby Museum, Whitby, Yorkshire, UK


Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, UK


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxforshire, UK


Wiseman’s Bridge, Saundersfoot, Wales, UK


Church mouse at Dore Abbey, Wales, UK


Bunratty Castle, County Clare, Ireland



Picture Perfect V

The final post of pictures from our travels…


A beach near Ballinphull, County Sligo UK


Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath, Ireland


Newgrange Monument, Brú na Bóinne, County Meath, Ireland. Although made only from stacked stone without mortar, this site had remained water-tight for the last 5000 years. Mind. Blown.


Menai Strait, Anglesey, Wales, UK


Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK


Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed, Wales, UK


I love the juxtaposition of this. Old vs new. Rhuddlan Castle, Wales, UK


Squirrel montage, Powis Castle, Wales, UK


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Reminiscing: Wales

A diversion from my regular posts, this is part three of four photographic blog posts covering my trip to the UK and Ireland. Welcome to Wales. We saw a lot of castles.

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Panorama of Lake at Llanberis

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Caernarfon Castle – we climbed those turrets!

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Proof we climbed those turrets!

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Conwy Castle.

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View from Conwy Castle

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Fair warning. Turret climbing is dangerous.

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Beaumaris Castle’s once palacial centre.

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Penrhyn Castle was more a extensive manor house built to resemble a castle. Exquisite building.

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Another angle of Penrhyn Castle

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Interior at Penrhyn. Yes, it is as extraordinary as it looks.

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Dining room. Penrhyn Castle.

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Dolbadarn Castle. All that remains is a small turret.

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The view from Harlech Castle.

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Interior of Harlech Castle.

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The view from Criccieth Castle

Still to come… Ireland.


Perhaps it is the jet-lag, perhaps it is the 371 emails jamming up my inbox or perhaps it is the five-week social media exodus but I feel wordless. I find myself melancholic like I’m experiencing some kind of holiday bereavement.

Holiday. Yes, I’ve had one. An amazing one at that. I’d largely forgotten about Twitter, haven’t glanced at Facebook and barely had the time to read my favourite blogs. I have to remind myself what is normal but then I’m left wondering if I ought to restructure my normality.


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So my husband and I travelled to the UK and Ireland.

We landed in Manchester (P) and you can trace our approximate journey following the letters from B back to P.

Everything was made of magic. So I’ll try and avoid a clinical analysis of our holiday and instead focus on my favourite photographs from the 1,500 we took on our journey. You’ll also get to meet Stowaway – so named because he was the little mouse that stowed away.

Stowaway, discovered by my husband in Manchester

Stowaway, discovered by my husband in Manchester

Perhaps I should begin with England…