My Fave Garden in Portland, Japanese Gardens Get Their Facelift

The Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon is 5.5 acres of beautifully cared for land featuring a rather large koi pound, beautiful sculptures, a rock garden, and the green vegetation that Oregon is well known for. Dan and I went during the off season. There were pros and cons to this, it wasn’t very crowded so we […]

via Visiting the Portland Japanese Gardens — Daily Style By Carol

Belfast Foodie Fest

I had the opportunity to dine at Souls with the owners, new friends and family to celebrate the birthday of the owners son. Once again excellent surroundings, fantastic service, delicious and well presented food and plenty of it. For starters I had the meat antipasti consisting of home made spiced bread, Parma ham, tapenade, olives and […]

via Another excellent meal at Souls — Belfast Food Man’s Blog

Connemara is Calling: Western Ireland Escapes

Connemara is majestic, desolate, devastatingly beautiful. It surprised me, skeptical as I was about the allure of the Irish countryside (I take it all back). There’s something about a whitewashed cottage with a fire burning in the grate in winter. This one (below), at splendidly isolated Killary Harbour, had no TV, no WiFi, no central heating – just a […]

via A Connemara Road Trip & a Cosy Cottage — Different Shores – Childfree LIVING