Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse

Top O’ The Morning To Ya! And Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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On this lovely St. Patrick’s Day of 2018 I thought I would share my experience from Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse. What exactly is this you ask? It is a lovely brewery experience taking you through the history of Ireland’s most famous beer with seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. The ground floor introduces the beer’s four ingredients (water, barley, hops and yeast), and the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness.

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The journey continues up the rest of the seven floors explaining the history of beer with stories told through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship.

The building in which the Storehouse is located was constructed in 1902 as a fermentation plant for the St. James’s Gate Brewery (where yeast is added to the brew). The building was the first multi-story steel-framed building to be constructed in Ireland. The building was used continuously as the fermentation plant of the Brewery until its closure in 1988, when a new fermentation plant was completed near the River Liffey.

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It’s located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery which I found completely adorable with it brick buildings and horses around every corner.

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We did the self tour which was perfect. And I really enjoyed learning more about the beer making process and what makes Guinness so special (pssst they have their own famous strain of yeast). Some pics fer ya laddies.

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But the big finale was the Gravity Bar at the top which you can only reach with a paid ticket to the Guinness Storehouse. The ticket does include a free pint of Guinness from the Gravity Bar. Not only do you get to enjoy a perfectly brewed glass of Guinness but you can drink it overlooking Dublin’s famous rooftops with a 360° views of Dublin’s magnificent skyline.

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Dublin is such a fun city! And the beer isn’t too shabby either. I like my Guinness with a touch of black currants. Go to the Guinness Storehouse for a new cold one this St. Patty’s Day! And don’t forget to drink responsibly. Sláinte!!

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2018 Resolutions

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My 2018 Resolutions.

Paint more

Write more

Declutter/Organize House

Visit a new country

Quit trying to please everyone

Do the best I can in everything I do

Practice gratitude

Do things that challenge me

Try a new recipe once a month

I think that’ll do it for now. How about you? Did you make any resolutions you care to share?

 

Hike to Torre de Estellella

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Some people call them torres, which is Spanish for tower. Some people call them the watchtowers. But the real cool people in the know, call them atalayas. I will call them watchtowers…. even though I’m still cool. 🙂 At least I think I am and that’s half the battle, right?

A loooong time ago, Mallorca had a bit of a pirate problem. Who didn’t in the years 1200 – 1600s? Seriously. Especially with the famous Redbeard pirate (aka Hayreddin Barbarossa) hayreddin barbarossa and his brothers. In 1530 Barbarossa captured the castle of Cabrera and set up camp there to use as his base. They would storm towns in Mallorca and if you were lucky they would only steal your possessions and burn your home. Not so lucky, they were killed or taken as slaves. Due to the constant menace of pirate attacks a series of lookout and defense towers were built across the island.

There were 84 towers built in the 16th century on the island but only about 50 them still exist today. Some are in good to great condition and some are deteriorating rapidly. The majority of them were built without foundations, the towers generally had between two and four levels and can be square, rectangular or circular in shape. The entrance was several meters above land and was reached by a rope ladder.

Joan Binimelis from Manacor designed a simple communication system of smoke signals during the day and fires at night. With it, neighboring watchtowers could be alerted, and the information was passed from tower to tower to the Almudaina in Palma.

I see these watchtowers all around Mallorca and while I knew they existed to warn villagers, towns, etc of pirate attacks I love learning even more about how they worked and when they were built. You can usually check out most of them. Some you can enter but most are closed up and you can just walk around it. Kinda like the one I like to hike to in S’Estanyol. I wrote about my hike to the lighthouse here but you can extend that and hike about 20-25 minutes more and get to the Torre de Estellella. It’s a non-strenuous walk along the coastline and the end site is worth it. Think of the history! The pirates! The people watching for those silly pirates! Arrggghh.

Here is how to get there:

S’Estanyol is a small town in the southeast of Mallorca, to arrive you would follow the MA-6015 to the end (arriving at S’Estanyol) and turn right. Park at the end of the road, after the S’Estanyol Club Nautico and get ready for your hike. Walk along the beach and you can either stay on the coastline or walk on a path through the pine trees. They smell so good! Follow the FAR signs. FAR is lighthouse in Catalan (faro in spanish). Just keep following that and soon you will arrive at the rocky coast where you will find this beautiful lighthouse.

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We always like to stop here for a beer. A picnic is a wonderful idea too. To continue onto the watchtower just keep along the water walking away from S’Estanyol and towards Cala Pi. The path will curve to the right and soon you will have the watchtower in sight.

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And the view towards the sea ain’t too shabby either.

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If these walls could talk. I would love to hear the stories!

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And there you have it. If you are in my neck of the woods please stop by Torre de Estellella. We would love to see you. Don’t forget the camera and some sunscreen! See ya there.

Workspace Inspiration

Easter is coming up and I will have a free week to concentrate on life outside of the regular j-o-b, take a break and put my focus elsewhere.

And what exactly may I be focusing on?

Ah, so glad you asked. I also work on writing, creating designs for clothing, caps, mugs, etc., and just my general business of having 104 other things on my plate that I am thinking about doing, creating, trying. And for this, I need a nice office space in my home.

So that is what I will be doing in a few weeks. Making a space that helps get my creative juices flowing. I like a large desk with things that inspire me. But not TOO many things. Just the right amount. Tricky, no?

Here are some ideas I’ve found that I like…. or my dream home office:

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Patti Smith drew my eye on this workspace. She is the coolest rock star evah. I like this workspace, it’s a lot what mine will end up – a bit messy, a little chaotic but still with flair – the cool chair with a fur (fake please), some inspiration on the walls, a plant or two, headphones and some storage with books and bags. I always strive for clean lines and simplicity BUT let’s be real folks. This is me! And I will never be able to keep my space completely free and clear.

But a girl can still dream.

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Like this space. Good Lord, that is one organized office!! I bow down. It is very nice, so very tai chi. I love the shelves.

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Such organization! HOW DO THEY DO IT!? And there is that fur on the chair again. Is that the latest cool thing in your workspace? For me only if it’s like sheep or something that didn’t have to die to be made.

All that white is so comforting. Ahhh, breathe, create, focus.

I like it.

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This is a bit of a mixture of the first and the next two. I wish my room had a big window, I love that so much about this room. Plus the plants. Plants I can do! Making a huge window in my room, not so much.

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I need some kind of inspiration board on my wall. Something where I can pin pictures or ideas or what not. I love the glass of light pink roses on the desk.

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Another idea for an inspiration “board”.

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I really REALLY love this inspiration area. The huge frame where you can pin or paint or write whatever things make you feel happy, creative, ready to work! And I already have that screen saver on my computer – so one thing already checked off the list!

Well, I will give an update to how I changed my workspace in a few weeks. So don’t forget to come back and check it out.

How about your workspaces? At your home or at your office? What inspires you?

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Keep Fighting The Good Fight

STENCIL:

I’m still here. Are you still there? I’m in shock and wasn’t exactly sure what to write, what to do but here I am. How are you holding up? Donald Trump has only been in office for a week and he is already wanting us to pay a 20% tax on products from Mexico (I’m sorry, didn’t you say Mexico was going to pay for that wall?) and discriminating against Muslims and legal green card holders from entering our country. What?!

Are you angry? Because I am. And as I said my Safety Pin post – “And I will give him the chance to lead. But never forget Mr. Trump, we are watching. And if you do things which are detrimental to people’s well-being, trust me, you will hear from us. We will fight, we will protest, we will protect the things that so vehemently need protecting. We will not back down from something that is right and good.”

And here we are. Already. Just one week in. You gotta be kidding me. But I have a lot of strong women who ARE fighting and calling and protesting. I have friends who went to the Women’s Marches, who are donating to the ACLU, who are calling their senators and telling them what they don’t like. Some are listening and some aren’t – Senator Inhofe (R-OK) is NOT listening. We called and said we didn’t support Devos and we were told that he didn’t care. The person we spoke to said a lot of people have called to complain but he isn’t changing his mind (and NOBODY called to support Devos). Because he doesn’t care! Please Oklahoma peeps. VOTE.HIM.OUT.

Back to Trump. What can you do? Here are five ways. Take a deep breath. We are fighting this together. You are not alone.

  1. Donate to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – The ACLU has filed suit against the Trump administration, arguing that his executive order is unconstitutional. Donate to causes supporting legal challenges.
  2. Make calls to your government. This is the best way for them to hear your voice. Better than a Facebook post, better than a petition, call them and tell them what you think. 5 Calls is fantastic (it really is). They use your location and give you the representatives numbers PLUS they give you a script to use if you are unsure of what exactly to say or if you get too nervous.
  3. Join a protest. Last weekend it was the Women’s March, which was a planned event. But this weekend it was spontaneous with people protesting at airports against the detained travelers. Say loud and clear to all who is listening – “This is NOT who we are!”
  4. Stay informed. Be loud or be quiet – but either way I hope you keep informed about various movements in this country and then decide what you, personally, want to do with that info. Flippable.org is the biggest one at the moment (most developed) and you get emails from time to time, but their info is very well researched. Their main focus is on state races and to flip the seat back to blue. They let you know which races are important, who is running and how you can support them.
  5. And last. Get your friends involved. Those that are feeling like you and are frustrated and angry and scared about what is happening. Speak out and speak up! Let people know this is not who our America is!

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Women’s March Signage

THANK YOU! To all the women (and men!) who participated in the Women’s Marches around the world. I got tears in my eyes seeing all the incredible images from Washington D.C. to Paris to Kenya to India! WOW. Thank you for fighting for our rights. Human Rights. And we will continue to fight. I loved all the signs – some funny, some serious and some on animals. 🙂 Here are some of my favorites. GIRL POWER.