Archive for June, 2024

National reptile zoo

Sunday, June 30th, 2024 | Travel

They have lots of reptiles.

I learnt some cool stuff. Did you know, for example, that an axolotl is a real creature and not just made up by Minecraft?

I was a bit unsure at first. Everything is in one room and you can get around it in around 30-45 minutes. That in itself feels like not much for the entry fee. And there were no talks on. But it turns out they just had the wrong sign up for the talk times and they started 30 minutes later.

Once the talks started, they were great. We went to two, spaced 90 minutes apart, with Dr Polly who brought out three animals each time. She told us a bit about them and then we got the chance to touch them. Snakes are lovely and soft: no wonder they used to make stuff out of their skin. Each talk was 30 minutes so there was a good hour of live stuff going on which made it well worth the visit.

There is a small cafe selling toasties where you can grab some lunch.

Kilkenny parkrun

Saturday, June 29th, 2024 | Sport

This is a lovely parkrun in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. But hill, but nothing too steep, and I was familiar with most of the route having done Kilkenny Triathlon last year. There is an outdoor cafe in the grounds, too, but they could use a public toilet.

I needed a letter K for both the alphabet challenge and spell your name challenge, so this ticked a lot of boxes.

I managed to make it into the background of one of the photos by accident:

Jack’s European tour

Friday, June 28th, 2024 | Friends

Hanging out with old friends is the best.

Jack turned a couple of conferences into a tour of visiting people in Europe so I was delighted to be able to host him for a few days. Last time he was here, we spent most of our time in Wetherspoon’s, according to my blog. This time, I’m delighted to say we did some more exciting stuff including the maritime museum, a proper pub, Glendalough, Ticknock and several beaches.

But mostly it was just nice to chat computers, philosophy, meaning of life, religion and a whole host of other topics. I managed to fully switch off for a couple of days which was great for my mental health and a really fun week.


Thursday, June 27th, 2024 | Travel

A bunch of cool stuff to see here including the valley itself, grave yard, tower, ruined church and other buildings. But really shines if you fancy a hike. There are two lakes you can walk around so well suited to a range of fitness levels. And there was a food van selling toasties, so that was lunch sorted.

Scenery is gorgeous.

I did get eaten alive by insects at upper lake, though. I got bitten eight times despite having jeans and a hoodie on. They got my on my arms, wrists, ankles and hips. Why am I cursed with being so tasty?

Thoroughbred 10k

Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 | Sport

Thoroughbred is a series of runs with a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon option. It takes in some nice country roads before coming back through the National Stud. Very scenic.

Parking was a nightmare. There was no event car park and all of the suggested car parks were full. After 30 minutes, we decided the find a quiet street to park on. Should have done that from the start. I feel bad for getting in the way of the locals but nobody else seemed to bother.

I haven’t done much fast running recently so I decided to go out at an easy pace and see how it went. I did my first kilometre in around 5:30 and that seemed fine so I gently sped up and soon found myself running sub-5:00 which I was delighted with. In the end, I finished:


I was thrilled with that as I don’t know when I have done a last 10k but it felt like it could equally have been a 65-minute run/walk job.

Lovely to hang out and chat with the club, too. We had 24 people running across the distances but someone I managed to mis all of the group photos 😭.

Father’s Day 2024

Tuesday, June 25th, 2024 | Family & Parenting

It was an excellent choice to do a family trip to the Chocolate Garden the day before Father’s Day. Thanks Venla!

Chocolate Garden

Monday, June 24th, 2024 | Travel

We did a family trip to the Chocolate Garden. They have a small playground and a toilet, so that is lovely. But they could probably do more on the chocolate front. They had a small wall of chocolates for sale and ice cream, but only one of the flavours was chocolate, and if I am being honest, I hoped for a little more there.

We also had lunch at the MerryTree restaurant at Rathwood garden centre and that was excellent.

Emotion-Focused Therapy course

Monday, June 24th, 2024 | News

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on people’s emotions. Throughout this course, we will dive into exploring primary, secondary and instrumental emotions, as well as how to use emotion to transform and resolve painful feelings.

My new course provides you with a comphrensive introduction to the basics of Emotion-Focused Therapy for individuals. Preview the course on Holbeck College or watch the trailer below.

Carlow Town parkrun

Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 | Sport

Beautiful parkrun along the river. I came down for event 249 so maybe I should have waited a week, but happy to be here anyway. My 5th C for the Pirates! challenge: only two more to go!

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 | Books

Life, the Universe, and Everything is the third novel in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It tells the story of the robots of Krikkit and their attempt to destroy the universe.

It’s a great read filled with fun characters like Agrajag. Not fun for Agrajag, of course, but they’re not real so it’s fine. It does feel like an add-on to the originals, though. The first two novels wrap up nicely and this has to invent a whole new series of events to get the science fiction back on track. But it does and it’s entertaining.