On the 8th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me

By the Dutch Gin. A new gin make this year. Great flavors of bay leaf, but meg and blood orange.

Had a great Breakfast last week up at the Hill of Tara. There isn’t a lot that needs to be said about this place. It’s always Top Quality. Good food. Fresh and clean with great staff and very good coffee. More places could follow.

Iv been finding it difficult lately to find a decent breakfast in Navan. And one that does both a good breakfast and a coffee. Very rare. The other off putting thing about eating during the day in Navan is parking.

The only decent coffee shop in Navan is Room 8. Fresh food, friendly staff and a clean building. The only negative is that it’s so small. If there’s a buggy in there, forget about having a quite breakfast.

Sunday is my treat day for a good breakfast. Room 8 is not open and I’m left with the “Greasy Spoons” type of places. So last Sunday I drove to drogheda for breakfast.

Stopped off in Boyne Pantry, and wasn’t disappointed. I got the Pantry Breakfast. I love the fact that they use local produce. Excellent coffee and friendly service. Can you open in Navan?

On a lovely afternoon in the Boyne Valley we headed to Slane Castle for Lunch. Brownes bar is new and I had heard raving reviews. 

Living a short distance from Slane I had never been to the Castle before. Which is a real shame.  As we drove up to the castle it looked amazing. Fabulous grounds and something  so magical about it. 


The entrance into Brownes is really special. Decorated with out door chairs and planters. A really nice walk to the front door. You could close your eyes and imagine been a princess The weather was so good we could have been anywhere. But the real beauty was that we weren’t just anywhere, we were in The Boyne Valley. 

We were lucky to get a table. It was very busy. We opted to sit inside, as nice as it was outside it was a tad cold . Menus dropped by a very polite young girl. 


Really nice information on the menu telling us the story about where the Bar got its name. I can confirm I was as relaxed as Ms Browne was. It was nice to sit there and try to imagine what it looked like back then. 

The menu was limited for me, as I don’t eat red meat or cheese. The only fish option was crab claws and I wasn’t in the mood for this. I did see other guests enjoying them and they looked delicious. But for me I went for a dessert and coffee. Doughnuts with strawberrys. Flavours were Jam and Salted Caramel. Absolutely delicious. So soft and fresh and just the right amount of filling. Coming back again for this and just might treat myself to a glass of prosecco. 


The only criticism I have and it’s not a major one, it seemed to be over staffed, with this leaving the service a bit sloppy, everyone seemed to be a bit like “busy fools” It was difficult to get anyones attention to get the bill. Saying that however it was a very relaxed afternoon and I can’t wait to return with friends. 

Recently took a short break to Faro Algarve Portugal. We were looking for somewhere quite with a pool and a bit of culture. Faro was perfect. 


We flew with Ryan Air. The flight was about 3 hours. Getting from Faro airport to Faro was very simple. You have options of shuttle buses, Taxi or bus. We opted to take the bus. It’s bus number 16 and takes about 15 mins to get into faro. It cost €2.25, pay the driver and have the correct amount. The last stop is the bus station where we got off and our hotel was a 2 min walk. Hotel Eva. 


Hotel Eva is situated right on the Marina and is a very good 4 star hotel. Roof top pool, rooms and suites. There is 2 restaurants with amazing views and they also have a health club. 

Our booking included breakfast. What a great selection of cold and hot food. Friendly breakfast staff. Only one negative, the coffee was filtered, and not nice. But the sparkling wine was excellent. 


Faro is small and you would have it travelled in half a day. But it’s beautiful. 


We booked a boat trip to the islands for our second day. It was a hop on hop off boat. Luckily Faro’s season hadn’t started yet so there was no queuing for the boats. Our first stop was the lighthouse. And this island was our favourite. 


There was a lot of locals here and the beach was amazing. Unfortunately we could not go up the lighthouse as it was closed on a Monday. Our next stop was llha Deserta which was pretty gorgeous. The beach went on for miles. We stayed a while and got some sun and then stopped off at the restaurant. There is only 1 restaurant and is expensive as far as Faro is. 


Our last stop was the fishing island. Another great beach. 


Faro has some great restaurants shops and bars. We really enjoyed our trip here and would definitely go back. 

After a very busy day yesterday with back to back meetings I was way to tired to cook. So we decided to go to The Central for something to eat. 
I’m usually in the central for coffee or drinks. When you have a chronic illness like mine eating out can be extremely difficult, painful and sometimes embarrassing. 
Pizza and a  Pint offer was on. David the very friendly waiter took our order. I had the veggie with no cheese and I was very impressed. We ordered a side  of the sweet potato fries also, my new favourite. 

The deal is available Monday – Thursday and costs an amazing €9.95. 

Highly recommend and looking forward to having this again. 

Gods Own Country  was first used to describe the Wicklow mountains. Several other countries followed suit like Australia,  Wales and even the United States. I recently had the pleasure to visit Yorkshire, but I didn’t get to see much of it as my trip was to visit family in Hull.

I found Yourkshire people are very friendly and polite. And can see why my sister loves to live in such a beautiful place like Yorkshire. There are so many places I would love to see, I would love to visit the Peak District in South Yorkshire, and visit the greenest city in Europe Sheffield and try and count all the trees. The North York Moors looks like a lovely place to visit also. More trips to visit my sister I think. 

Saramique Studio is a family friendly pottery painting studio and coffee house. 

We were in Hessle village for breakfast and popped here after a nice walk around the shops for a coffee. The coffee is locally roasted, their signature Jones blend is very smooth and slightly bitter. Really good coffee. 


Lovely little outside seating area to the front and a great big courtyard  area out the back. 


Their pottery is not just for kids,  but they have adult nights too with a BYO Policy. Sounds like a nice girly night out. I’ll be back. 

I love the decorations in this place. On one side of the room its light and airy where you do your pottery and on the other side is a more relaxed chill out area with comfortable seats. They have sweet treats and local crisps and lemonade. I love love love that they support local. 

This place is good for loads of reasons. A quite cup of coffee, a nice chill area, or pottery. I’m looking forward to popping in again on my next visit. 
Well done guys.