• 5 Things I love about working in an orchard

    cherries on tree

    When I lived in Australia, I frequently heard horror stories of orchard and farm work. At the time, doing 88 days of farm or orchard work would qualify you for an extra year’s working holiday visa. It seemed like 9/10 people had one hair-raising experience or another while completing their 88 days, but many persevered towards the light at the end of the tunnel – that coveted extra year in the land Down Under. However, the sheer number of negative accounts put me off so much that I forfeited the opportunity, and left Oz after a year. I am no…

  • vans at moke lake

    New Zealand: Van life

    I think that many of us have a romantic view of living in a van (or a large car). I was one of these people – I longed for the effortless freedom that living in a tiny, moving home could…

  • Skiing at TC

    To Ski, or Not to Ski – there is no question

    Who would have thought that speeding down a frozen slope on two unforgiving sticks could be such fun. Growing up in Ireland, where the tallest mountain stands at just over a thousand metres high, skiing just wasn’t a done thing.…

  • Living in Limbo

    After quite the hiatus, I decided that today was the day to pick up the proverbial pen, and write. It had been a while, what with work, learning to ski (at work), and living on a farm with no wifi…