26 June, 2012

Fota Wildlife Park

V and I recently were discussing what to do on a weekend, and he suggested we go to Fota Wildife Park. Not being one who likes zoos at all (because let's face it, you can only see the same animals so many times before you lose interest), I was quick to dismiss the idea. He then informed me that it wasn't a zoo but a wildlife park and that many animals roam free on the grounds. 
I was interested, so we went. It was sort of hilarious to see some of the animals who are native to Africa with the Irish countryside as their background scenery.

But we had a good time nonetheless. I kept thinking about the weather that Ireland has been experiencing this summer (an average below 55 degrees F), and with all the rain I had to wonder how cold these animals got - being from, you know... AFRICA. But they didn't seem to be bothered.

12 June, 2012

A Favourite Corner of my Home: Oils, Butters, and Waxes

Welcome to A Favorite Corner of my Home, where I share with you one of the little spaces of my home that makes me feel especially happy. This week, I'm sharing with you my Oils, Butters, and Wax cupboard!

Admittedly, it's not a great name for a cupboard, but really I couldn't think of a better one. Suggestions are always welcome, if you can think of anything else! 
Also, it's not the whole cupboard that I love. It's specifically the top shelf that fills me with a certain feeling of warm goodness, every time I open it. It's times like these that I am reminded that I'm not a kid anymore...

03 June, 2012

A Favourite Corner of my Home: the Tea Cupboard

If you've been a long time reader, you might remember that I've not always been a lover of tea. It has taken me a couple years to warm up to drinking what is basically herb-infused water. For the longest time, I always took my tea with sugar, too. I desperately wanted to like tea and sometimes sugar really helped me get it down in polite company. 

A friend of mine, Hikari, inspired me to become a ginger ninja by cutting up some of the root and steeping it in water. That tea was sort of a turning point in my tea drinking life, and helped me branch out of my regular store-bought tea funk.


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