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Green Like the Irish |Our Travels

We just got back from the most epic trip to Ireland and London, 2 weeks of no work, no thinking about work, and plenty of great laughs, experiences, Guiness and yorkies! (the chocolates, not the dogs). We started off by flying to Cork from London, where we hired a car and drove through Country Cork (via Blarney Castle where I kissed the Blarney Stone – rather nerve wracking I must admit) to the Beara Peninsula, one of the very scenic parts of south-west Ireland.

Blarney Castle

About to kiss the Blarney Stone

Castletownbere is the tiny town overlooking Bantry Bay, but that wasn’t our final destination. We then loaded our car onto the ferry and boated across the bay to Bere Island, a 4km by 10km knoll home to about 200 people, and the birthplace and childhood home of Ed’s dad, Steve.

Bere Island is a classic example of old-world, rural Ireland: plenty of intense green vegetation, much of it overgrown; many tiny slate & mortar houses, some of which have fallen into ruin, but which made for great contemplation and interesting photos; incredible coastal views, walks and bike tracks which allowed us beautiful hikes and excursions, and of course a very interesting heritage. The island was a place of great importance during the early 20th century, and was a naval base for the English during WW1.

Classic scene in Ireland

O'Sullivan Bar

Cycling on Bere Island

Gnoming Around

Slate & Mortar House

Another Guiness

Bere Island

Charlie Chaplin

Birds in the Tower

Kerry Woolen Mills in Kilarney

Anyway, after a few days of lounging around, eating Irish stew and drinking Guinness, and of course – enjoying the very long summer evenings! – we then headed to Kilarney, drove around the Ring of Kerry, bought an authentic Kerry woollen jersey and hopped on a train to Dublin. Which was Something Else.

We arrived at Dublin train station and caught the Luas tram to O’Connell Street, the most famous street in Dublin and home to the original Post Office Building, where all the action during the Easter Rising took place. We finally worked out which bus to catch into Drumcondra where our BnB was located and then flopped dead tired for a sleep & shower. Not for long though – The Temple Bar was calling! This famous part of Dublin is home to about 900 pubs, bars & restaurants, and on a Saturday night is normally quite wild. With a beautiful evening ahead of us, pink lippy & leather jacket sorted, we headed into Dublin’s hotspot.

And what an evening! We had arrived in Dublin in the middle of the Pride Parade, so there were THOUSANDS of people crammed into the small cobbled streets. We eventually found an O’Sullivan pub, where we settled down for a Guinness and authentic Irish music – was amazing!

Colmainham Gaol, Dublin

The Ireland Republic

The Temple Bar, Dublin

O'Sullivan pub in Dublin

Green Leprechaun

After a night of good fun & laughs, we were up early for a full Irish breakfast (including black pudding) and then headed into Dublin for a hop-on-hop off bus tour where we visited Trinity College and saw The Book of Kells, walked around St Stephens Green, did the Guinness Storehouse tour and saw how the black stuff is made, toured Colmainham Gaol (really interesting insight into some of the most tumultuous times of Irish history) and landed back at O’Connell for some last minute trinket shopping.

Then it was time to fly to London. And so the adventures continued! More photos coming soon x

How to Group Frames Together | At Home DIY

One very easy way of changing up a space is rearranging the way in which you hang photos, pictures, art, mementos and anything else artistic that can be be put in a frame. This includes postcards, decorative paper and even vintage newspaper.

A great way of working out what you’re going to hang, how you’re going to hang, and what effect you want, is to place your frames (sometimes it’s nice to have the same or similar frames, but it can be just as effective having different frames) on newspaper, cut out around them and then stick up the newspaper on your walls in different formations – this’ll enable you to get a good idea of how you want to hang before you drill the first hole!

Frames can be grouped together as a focus wall, as a balance to a room (like a staircase), in symmetrical groups of 3 x 3 in identical frames, or as a hodge podge of unique frames that feature a different piece of artwork or picture in each. It’s really what fits with your overall decor scheme that will give you direction as to how to work out your frame grouping idea.

Here’s some ideas for laying out your frames, as well as some great inspiration I’ve found on the web. Have an inspired Sunday! x

Ideas for Framing

Ideas for Hanging Frames | source – Pinterest

Peaceful Desk Inspiration

Peaceful Desk Inspiration | source

Dress Your Hallway

Dress Your Hallway | source House Dressing

Frames as an Accent Wall

Frames as an Accent Wall | source Steph Modo

Horizontal Picture Frames

Horizontal Picture Frames | source Steph Modo

Eclectic Grouping of Frames

Eclectic Grouping of Frames | source Steph Modo

Using Small & Big Frames

Using Small & Big Frames | source High Fashion Home

Framing Scrapbooking Paper

Framing Scrapbooking Paper | source Casa Sugar