Living in Paradise

I just couldn't resist 

and post this solitary image I took yesterday morning before work. I take the dogs for a little stroll at 5am everyday (only when I am working) just to clear my head do a few exercises and enjoy the fresh air while they get a little breeder and do their business.

Usually the cats come as well, I can make a long post with those photos but that is a pleasant task for another day :) For now here is this one:

image with a thatched cottage and a beautiful garden

see you soon 


Fairybridge Summer

I got really lucky recently. I moved house. And not to any house but into a real fairy tale.

I guess no none will believe me until  I post some photos ;)

It has been a fantastic spring so far, I foresee an amazing summer!!

The place is called Fairybridge and this is how it looks like:


The first glimpse you get when you arrive from the road
Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Fairybridge cottage © Annie Japaud Photography

Living in a 280 year old house is the most incredible experience for me so far. 

It simply a dream...Think of all the photos coming up....

Spring is on its way

daffodils

Spring is on its way...

I certainly hope so because it is the middle of March now and we have been deluged by constant showers, blown away by the ice cold wind and totally frozen in despair while waiting for the good weather.
Yes, 2016 weather is so very disappointing so far. At least here in the West of Ireland in the beautiful Galway county. I won't be surprised if in Dublin and the East parts the birds are singing and the weather is all nice and rosy. 


You can not imagine how many times I have traveled to Dublin and back witnessing and enjoying fantastic lovely sunny weather over there. Then on my way back half way across the country clouds appear out of nowhere and slowly and menacingly swoop down until by the time I arrive in Galway it's cold and rain is pouring like there is no tomorrow. 

So it is really time for spring. Nothing is blossoming yet, which is so strange, I am waiting impatiently for nature to be revived and reborn. 
Come on sun!! Stop hiding!! I need some light and colour!! 


daffodils

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daffodils

daffodils

daffodils

daffodils

daffodils

daffodils

daffodils

For the time being the daffodils are one of the few flowers blossoming... But spring is on it's way, soon there will be more ;)


UNDERCOVER DOG

My dog has extra special training. He goes undercover. All the time now. 


He starts from one side of the sofa, dives under the covers and crawls all the way through until his nose shows on the opposite side. Then he is snug and comfy for the night. My boxer dog is so clever. He really has special training.  

We are so proud of him and we love him so much ;) 

sorry about the bad quality photos
boxer dogs sleeping

boxerdogs sleeping on a sofa

boxer dogs sleeping

boxer dogs sleeping on a sofa

Lights in the Darkness

Once Christmas is over, New Year's Eve is almost forgotten and we have totally recovered, I don't want to feel cold anymore, don't want to see snow, don't want to look at the rain (tough luck on that one) I yearn for the first green leaves and the spring flowers and the weak winter sun smiling from somewhere up there among the clouds (hopefully).


But well, I am perfectly aware that it is far too early for that anyway. There is 3 to 4 more months of cold and rain and possibly frost and snow (depending on where you live, here in Ireland we don't really get snow) 

So what I am going to do is, post some of the images I captured in December and never had the time to show you because I was so outrageously busy baking away at The White Gables. 
The only thing that keeps us going during the long devouring darkness of the long December days and nights is the hopeful and colourful twinkling of all the Christmas decorations everywhere. 

Tell me now, who doesn't like to see Lights in the darkness??!!!

Christmas lights in Moycullen, Galway, IrelandChristmas tree, Christmas lights in Moycullen, Galway, Ireland

Christmas lights at the Village bookshop in Moycullen, Galway, Ireland

abstract image of Christmas lights

Christmas trees, abstract image

abstract image of Christmas decorated streets of Galway, Ireland

Christmas decorations in Galway city, abstract image

abstract image of people walking down Shop street, Galway

merry Christmas neon sign

random window decorated for christmas

Jewelry store window

people walking shop street Galway

 tree decorated with lightsChristmas decorations on a window

Image in the dark with sparkling lights

tree with Christmas lights

at the merry-go-round, at the Christmas market in Galway in the darkkids smiling at the amusement park

night photo from the Christmas market

walking Galway in the dark at Christmas

Shop street image in the dark at Christmas, Galway

I hope you can indulge my weakness for abstract photography and taking photos at low light without tripod. I find the effects rather striking and quite fitting the season of darkness...

Thanks for being here