Exploring La Palma

Hiking & running in one of the lesser known Canary Islands (December 2018) Visiting “la Isla Verde” Our 14th year away at Christmas, since John left us in 2005. We've always gone away. I look forward to it, so this time split my time by discovering a new island: La Palma. I’d read a blog … Continue reading Exploring La Palma


Canada & Quebec: What’s different?

Canada is a peaceful place. The pace of life is calm, even in the city. Drivers are patient. Cyclists are well lit and wrapped up. Streets have character, with unique shopfronts. Lots of Irish surnames – Murphy, Maguire, Mulcahy. Plenty of British influence: spelling - “centre” not “center”’; a bronze statue of the Queen on … Continue reading Canada & Quebec: What’s different?

Comparing Quebec and Ireland

Visiting Quebec for 2 weeks this autumn has made me think a lot about the parallels between these 2 places. Even though they are very proud of their language and heritage, they're not anti-British or anti royalty. They still show that patriotism to fight. On the face of it, you see so many differences: language, … Continue reading Comparing Quebec and Ireland

Quest Killarney 2018: Did Do Better

Sixth year running around Killarney, I was surprised to end up on the podium in 3rd after 4 hours of racing. This is a story of familiar faces, glorious gaps, muddy mountains, lovely lakes, stupid sheep, continuous climbs, dangerous descents, several surprises, pilates poses and lots more. I’ve been going down to Killarney since 2013 … Continue reading Quest Killarney 2018: Did Do Better