22 Feb 2012

So, we went off-farming for a week.

A much needed dalliance;

a celebration of sorts.

With the team at home looking after the cows, chickens and renewables,

they graciously sent us on a journey down to the Costa Del Sol, Spain…

Where there was an endless blue sky

brimming with sun every day.

We feasted on food fresh from the sea

And shared tiny, creamy, gooey, exotic cakes for two each afternoon

And then,  early one morning…

We crossed the Strait of Gilbraltor

over to North Africa

Landing worlds away

in extraordinary Morocco

filled with sights, sounds and colours

that linger on in our senses…….


still make us smile.

We have come home to a busy farm

Spring calving has begun

And, there is a bucket of catching up to do.

Promise a farm fresh post next week, but until then…

The winner(s) of The Slugs and Snails tights are:

Bec Hem and Evin O’Keefe

Thanks to everyone who submitted a lovely comment.

Slan Abhaile,


Photos by Imen McDonnell 2012

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21 Responses to “Off-Farming”

  1. Lauren says:

    What a treat to come across a post highlighting where I grew up! You’ve managed to capture Andalucía’s spirit in just a few photographs. Love it!

  2. Krista says:

    I’m SO happy you guys were able to escape for a while, and to such stunningly beautiful places!! Sigh, it’s wonderful and your photos captured it beautifully. 🙂

  3. Bec says:

    Beautiful pics from what looked like an amazing break!
    And, thank you! I will be so happy to kit my Little Q out in a pair of the gorgeous Slugs & Snails!!

  4. Rebekah says:

    The picture of the blue door is just lovely.

  5. Ah Imen, Your photos are insanely awesome! I have loved loved loved watching you on Instagram too. I am a newbie there, but what a funky place to have a blast with photos, don’tcha think?
    Happy “back to farming life”…your travels looked incredible. Hopefully you feel refreshed and happy to get back in the saddle again of home life.
    With much love, Lynne xx

  6. Spent a couple of weeks in Morocco a few years ago and loved it – the food, the colours, the markets. Would love to get back there someday soon. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Tesei says:

    What a great holiday! I live in Spain, Barcelona and have no idea what those lovely little cakes you ate are called. Do you have the name? Would love to look them up.

    • imen says:

      Hi there, it was something different every day…this one had a coffee flavour with cream…no clue what the name was-just a “point and pay” at the little cafe near us type of scenario! They were all lovely though! I love Barcelona, spent a good bit of time there on production a few years back..good memories. Thanks for your comment xx

  8. Rowaida says:

    Welcome back Imen, I was following your beautiful and exciting holiday photos on Instgram wow amazing love love your photos. Best wishes xoxo

  9. christine says:

    I am totally loving these pictures. x

  10. Mairead says:

    Love your photos and so glad to hear you got a chance to relax and rest. Looks like a lovely holiday. I especially like your photos of Morocco. The colors in that ornate ceiling are amazing. Welcome back to calving season.

    • imen says:

      Thanks Mairead…’s winter in your American world? Maybe we could do a house swap one day! x

  11. Beautiful photos. Good you had some time off. Thank you for bringing us a little bit of summer through your photos 🙂

    • imen says:

      Thank you Magda…..long awaited break for the farmer, it’s been very busy on the farm so really great break for him especially. xx

  12. so glad you got away to two such wonderful places – the amount of jealousy in my bones is only surpassed by my happiness for you.


  13. Beautiful photographs Imen, I especially love the snake charming one which is strange as I don’t think I like snakes! Sounds like you had a lovely trip!

    • imen says:

      The snake charmer was INSANE. I couldn’t believe I was standing so close to a cobra, scary! Thanks Adrienne xx

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