Where two next?

Antipodean travelogue through the eyes of two - one textile and one building lover. It'll be hard to differentiate the two!

Monday, February 02, 2009

It's been that long since I started this post that I cannot remember the details anymore so here is a very pic orientated post of more of our holidays in Galway.

View taken along the Connemara loop.

Pics taken at Kylemore Abbey on a very bad day weather wise.

There is a very dramatic scenic route called the sky road which is not to be missed, here's some pics.

At this rate my next post should be in 2010.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rohan's first tramp

We went on our holidays last week to the West of Ireland. The west of Ireland in terms of sightseeing is the equivalent to NZ's South Island. It's not that there isn't lots to see and do in the North Island of NZ or indeed the East coast of Ireland it's just that there's more in the South & West of the respective countries. By coincidence the weather is the same also i.e. it gets pretty wild in the West of Ireland. We went to a place called Connemara in County Galway and below is a map which shows where we were. We actually stayed in Galway city too but I have decided to do this post first as it is easier. There's a good link to a web site here.

In Connemara there is a national park and within the park there are four tramps which are actually one big tramp broken down into four parts. As it happens the weather was relatively good the day we arrived, however, we decided not to do the longest tramp to the top of the mountain on the advice of the tourist centre. Too windy and dangerous for Rohan. Here's the entrance and a close up of the sign. I don't think you would have to be a native Irish speaker to understand the sign even if it is in Gaelic! Be warned it's not all as easy as that though!

After you pass through the entrance pavilion you descend to the tourist centre which is adjacent to a lake, from here you set out on a 4 km loop to the top of Diamond Hill.

Rohan being carried by his dad on his first ever tramp.

Mam & Dad and part of Rohan's head oops...

Some views along the tramp.

A view up the branch off for the full tramp up the mountain. You basically walk to the top where the views are meant to be very dramatic.

Some views along our decent.

Back at the tourist centre for a well earned bowl of soup.

More on Galway in the next post.


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Rohan at 5 Months

We are just back from a weeks holidays in the West of Ireland (more on that in the next few posts) and while we were away Rohan had his 5 month birthday. So here he is ready for bed...

....... and the following morning.


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Monday, September 01, 2008

Weeks 17-20

Some more pics of Rohan. This one would have been truely fab if we had managed to get his whole head. In my defense I was holding Rohan with my left hand and trying to take the pic with my right.

Rohan checks out who is holding him while chewing his hands.

Rohan sporting a baseball cap.

Rohan showing off some of Sharon's knitwear.

Rohan showing off some of his Granny G's knitwear also.

So Rohan will be five months old soon but since the last post he has really found his voice. He has also found his tongue and has started licking everything. He has also starting making "razzing" noises which are hilarious to listen to.


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Friday, August 15, 2008

Rohan at 4 Months

We mentioned in the last post how Rohan had starting turning from his back onto his belly. Here's a few pics of Rohan on his 4 month birthday showing us his new trick.

The doting father.

Rohan back to his old tricks.

Rohan has also found his tongue recently and tries to lick most things that come his way.


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Monday, August 04, 2008

Rohan 13-16 Weeks

So Rohan will be 4 months on the 8th August '08 and I thought I had better do an interim post. Rohan in the last few weeks has managed to roll completely over by himself from his back onto his belly. The only catch is he can't roll back so after a few minutes of frustration he starts to cry and mam or dad have to fix it for him. A cuddle or two later and he's back to himself.

Here's Rohan with his favourite teddy that his Auntie Annette got him.

Here's Rohan at three months old.

We decided that Rohan was too big for his moses basket a few weeks ago so he now sleeps in a cot. The picture below shows just how cramped the basket was getting.

Some more pics of Rohan with his teddy or should that be monkey. The first one is taken in his new cot, loads of space!

Rohan has also found his hands and can sit there staring at them for minutes on end (notice I said minutes not hours). He has also realised that his arm is connected to his hands which is kinda funny too.

Anyway more pics when he turns four months.


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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rohan weeks 8-12

Rohan was 12 weeks old a few weeks ago and it is hard to believe how quickly time is passing. So what has Rohan learned in the last few weeks? Well for a start he has found that sucking his fingers is fun.

Here's Rohan loosing his hair, that makes two of us!

Holding hands is a neat trick.

Having a chat which includes some laughing type noises is good fun too.
Acting surprised.....

and general enthusiasm .....

It's wasn't Hollywood but he enjoyed making a plaster cast of his hand nonetheless.

Rohan has also started turning from his back to his side. It's only a matter of time before he falls flat on his face and it won't be the last time either I suspect.


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