Archive for November 13th, 2020

Absolutely delighted to have completed the Ring of Kerry virtual challenge tonight.

After I’d updated my Conqueror app kms last night I found I only had 1.1km left to complete the challenge. So tonight after I got back from visiting the kids, I went for a short walk along the clifftop and 1.6km later, I’m done.

Challenge #5 in the bag. For someone who said she was only going to do one….๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ

Total 1194.7kms

A cheap way to travel the world. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Congratulations, you have completed Ireland’s well known scenic route the Ring of Kerry. Before you leave spend a little more time in Killarney by visiting the historical site of the 15th century Ross Castle.

Overlooking the third largest lake in Ireland, called Lough Leane, the castle was built by the local ruling clan, O’Donoghues Mรณr. Ross Castle was one of the last castles in Ireland to surrender to Cromwell’s forces. Up until the 17th century the castle was surrounded by a curtain wall with towers in each corner. A portion of the curtain wall was torn down to make way for expansion whilst in use as a barracks. Today the castle is open to visitors, retaining the tower house, part of the curtain wall and two towers.

From the castle take a boat ride on the lake to Innisfallen Island, the home to the ruins Innisfallen Abbey. Founded in 640 AD by St Finian, the patron saint of the area, it was occupied for nearly a thousand years. Nothing remains from that early settlement. The current ruins are a late 12th century Augustinian Priory. Over a few hundred years the resident monks wrote the famed Annals of Innisfallen, a chronicle of Ireland’s medieval history. In the late 16th century during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, the monks were dispossessed of their abbey.

An excerpt from Thomas Moore’s poem entitled Sweet Innisfallen (c1870) describes it best:

Sweet Innisfallen, fare thee well,
May calm and sunshine long be thine!
How fair thou art let other tell,
To feel how fair shall long be mine.
Sweet Innisfallen, long shall dwell
In memory’s dream that sunny smile,
Which o’er thee on that evening fell,
When first I saw thy fairy isle…

It’s so easy to get discouraged these days what with lockdown and various crazy things happening in the world, so for me this has been a fun way to keep motivated, and even when I really don’t feel like getting out, the thought of adding kms to my challenge gets me out the house.

I love the milestone postcards we get and the information that comes with them. The plant a tree initiative is fantastic and its exciting to know that my walking challenges have planted 25 trees so far

Virtually – anything is possible

If you’d like to join me on these virtual challenges, you can sign up here via my link.


This is not an affiliate link and I don’t make any money from people signing up, but you get a 10% discount on any walks you sign up for and I think I get a 10% discount as well….which is a moot point really since I’ve already signed up for all the walks I want to do ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ, although that’s no guarantee and I’m pretty certain that if they bring out more challenges, I’ll sign up ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

What’s next you might ask….well I’ve 477.7km to walk to complete my personal challenge of 2020kms in 2020, and next on the horizon is the Great Ocean Road, Australia and Alps to Ocean, NZ. Next year I’ll be walking the Cabot Trail, Canada and the Ring Road, Iceland.

Hope they bring out a 2021 challenge too.

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Finally after 13 years I’ve taken the unprecedented step of applying to register with another agency.

Loyalty no longer works both ways. After 13 years the agency I work for have let me down really badly and I can no longer trust that they have my best interests at heart.

I started writing a post a few days ago about being a ‘disposable commodity’ in the care industry, and it saddens me tremendously to be reaching the point of taking this action, but I can no longer trust them to looking after my best interests despite over a decade of loyalty and upholding their reputation.

When dishonest carers are able to get off scotfree after sneakily ‘stealing’ assignments from right under your nose, and the agency acknowledges her duplicity but does nothing about it, is when you have to question your own loyalty.

I have to now question their values if that is how they allow their carers to behave.

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There are a number of wonderful analogies, idioms and proverbs that we could use to describe the current situation in #10 as the skittles fall. But I’ll stick with this one since it best describes….

he that lieth with dogs riseth with fleas : proverbย If one spends time with bad people, one will suffer in some way (often by becoming like them).

As they fight like ‘ferrets in a sack’ a delightful phrase I heard on tv this morning,

And now that they (the culprits) have brought this country to the brink of ruin with their Leave campaign, and we’re on the cusp of exiting the EU without a decent trade deal, and we enter deep water….the fleas are jumping….

The current ‘top dog’ is and has been weak. Bullies usually are weak. The only strength he has is his use of the English language and the way he pens his articles.

So goodbye to the fleas, may the dog follow soon…

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