zaterdag 26 december 2015

The Queen of Trees...

...towering over the forest surrounding Moore Hall in the Wild West of Ireland.

Photo: ©

zaterdag 19 december 2015


...still haunted by the ghosts of 6th century monks.
Photo: ©

zaterdag 12 december 2015

A Mighty Tree

In the Pirate's garden, right next to the Folly!

Photo: ©

zaterdag 21 november 2015

zaterdag 14 november 2015

En Route to Polranny via Heuston Station in Dublin?

Then drop in at the Galway Hooker. It's a great place to have lunch while
waiting for your train.

PS No, not THAT kind of hooker, it's a type of boat.

Photo: ©

zaterdag 7 november 2015

zaterdag 31 oktober 2015

Above And Below

The waters of Clew Bay with the Croagh Patrick
in the background. a place of pilgrimage.

zaterdag 24 oktober 2015

As Evening Falls...

...and the little white houses acquire an eerie glow...
Foto: Annie

zaterdag 17 oktober 2015

A Sea of Many Colours

Here tinted by the surrounding peat bogland.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 10 oktober 2015

zaterdag 3 oktober 2015

Another Bloody Rainbow!

It happens all the time...

zaterdag 26 september 2015

They Say Every Thirteenth Wave Is a Freak Wave

No wonder this hardy swimmer is gazing at the darkness beyond!
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 19 september 2015

Pirate Bert...

...completing her ascent of the nearby Slievemore Mountain.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 12 september 2015

zaterdag 5 september 2015

It's a Little Known Fact...

...but Ireland is home to some of the finest breeders of teddy bears!
PS Her name's Ursula and she now lives with a small tribe of her kind in Holland.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 29 augustus 2015

Only in Ireland...

...a concrete boat.
Foto: Annie, Ballina

zaterdag 22 augustus 2015

Charles Tyrrell's Paintings on Show at West Cork Arts Centre

PS Charles's family were the original inhabitants of our house in Polranny so we are always very interested in his work and career as an artist.

zaterdag 15 augustus 2015

Pirate Guest Gea Performs at Festival in Arnhem

During her recent stay at our house in Polranny, Gea de Vries developed a new cabaret programme that is being premiered at Arnhem's Sonsbeek Theatre Avenue on Friday, 14 August, Saturday, 15 August and Sunday 16 August.

zaterdag 1 augustus 2015

Roadside Garden

Nature takes its course and creates a little paradise next to a busy
country lane on nearby Achill Island.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 25 juli 2015

Baby Jesus

...presiding over the bar in nearby Ballintubber Abbey.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 18 juli 2015

Pirate Bert...

...painting herself into a corner of the Folly studio!
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 11 juli 2015

zaterdag 4 juli 2015

zaterdag 27 juni 2015

So Sweet!

Sea daisies found on a local beach.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 20 juni 2015


Although larger than a cat, this magical hare can also be as tiny as a bunny.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 13 juni 2015

The Problem with Polranny...

 that it's so hard to say goodbye!
Photo: Pirate Annie

zaterdag 6 juni 2015

Evening Falls...

 an Irish landscape of dreams. 
Photo: Pirate Annie

zaterdag 30 mei 2015

Pirate Bert's Garden

Although there's masses of woodland around the house in Polranny, 
Pirate Bert still insists on having her own little garden. And it's lovely!
Hipstamatic: Annie

zaterdag 23 mei 2015

Horny sheep...

 the Sheffry Mountains.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 16 mei 2015

Somebody Nicked...

...Pirate Annie's new Irish cap!
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 9 mei 2015

The Way Is Clear...

...but a storm is brewing.
Photo: Annie, Sheffry mountains

zaterdag 2 mei 2015

Glamourous Rock...

 for Neptune's throne.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 25 april 2015

The Folly and the Mini-Follies

Our Folly studio space is an architectural extravaganza complete with its own colonnade.
It's even inspired a song thrush to build not one but THREE nests in the shadow of the pillars.
Photo: Mike Wilson

zaterdag 18 april 2015

A Bit of Wind...

...turns grass into fur!
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 11 april 2015

The Sea...

...always changing, never the same.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 4 april 2015

Stormy Weather

It can get a bit blowy round here.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 28 maart 2015

Pirate Bert...

...painting the floor of the Folly studio.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 21 maart 2015

Tree Creeper

A recent addition to the Irish avian population.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 14 maart 2015

All You Need in Ireland

Tons of wood, a fantastic stove and piping hot water for gallons
of tea! Everything you need for a great time at the Folly,
the smaller of the Pirates' two houses.
Drawing: Peti Buchel

zaterdag 7 maart 2015

Ballintubber Abbey

A place of worship for more than 1,600 years.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 28 februari 2015

Achill's Chosen Son...

 champion boxer Johnny Kilbane.
PS The rainbow's just a happy coincidence although
the weather here is so manic that they're all over
the place.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 21 februari 2015

Two Best Friends...

...enjoying the evening sun in nearby Achill Sound.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 14 februari 2015

zaterdag 7 februari 2015

zaterdag 31 januari 2015

Polranny Pirate...

...finds forgotten pyramid on Irish beach!
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 24 januari 2015

Ancient Rock Painting...

... of a human profile found on an Irish beach. Or was it simply created by Mother Nature?
Photo: Annie