And Winter Sunrises

After all the storms and rain from last week, I’m really enjoying the lovely sunrises and sunsets on the way to and from work this week.


Busy at work in the port in the mornings.

Wednesday Workout

*****WARNING***** This post mentions the C- word and it’s only November ;-)

With that out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about getting in shape for Christmas so that I can enjoy all the things without feeling too bad come January 1st!

I’ve done this for the last couple of years and it made the new year a little easier. Plus it’s always nice to feel good at Christmas time. Energy boosts ward off colds and flu as well. Bonus!



This year I’m going to try this workout with a very handy printed version from the Tone It Up girls.

If you decide to join in, let me know how you’re getting on!

It’s Baltic!!!!

First off, a little language note. In Cork, (not sure about the rest of Ireland), saying that “It’s Baltic” means that it’s freezing cold. So, when we were in Riga we really wanted to go to the beach at Jurmala to literally and figuratively say that it was Baltic!

We took the train to Majori and walked along the main street to Dzintari. The main architecture in this area is very pretty. It’s all old wooden buildings. Very beachy. At this time of the year it was quiet and a lot of the shops were closed. There were also a lot of little huts that I imagine are market stalls in the high summer season.

It was a perfect autumn day when we went there and the colours of the trees against the colours of the buildings were lovely. It’s also full of cats, which I loved! We did see a stereotypical Bond villain sitting outside a cafe stroking a cat!

After checking out the main street, and deciding where we would have lunch later on in the day, we turned onto the beach. And it was cold. It was the wind that made it cold rather than the temperature. I was very glad of my hat and scarf.

The beach went on and on and it was lined with hotels (when they say beach front hotel, they really mean it), but after a while we decided to get back into the town and warm up a bit.

I would love to go back and visit when more shops are open, but not when it’s too crowded with tourists.

Beautiful Riga

For the moment here’s one shot to sum up our trip to Riga. I’ll be posting more when I go through all the shots.

This one was taken a week ago at the end of a really long walking day.


It shows the Vansu bridge and the Swedbank building.

Using the Butternut Squash

‘Tis the season for butternut squash and instead of always making soup, which is lovely, we’re trying to find other ways to eat it.

I found this recipe for butternut squash and chickpea curry from Julia over at (she has amazing recipes, so check out her website) and decided to try it out. We ended up having it on Monday, not on purpose, but if you take part in meatless Monday then this is perfect for you. Click the source for the recipe.



I made a few changes to the recipe. I’m not a huge fan of frozen peas, so we left them out and I used a garam masala paste to make it a bit spicier.

I made nearly a double batch so that we could have some for lunch the next day and it was even nicer on Tuesday. So, I’d definitely recommend making a lot and keeping it for later in the week!

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