The Longer than Expected Hiatus

Well what can I say… it has been awhile?! It feels like a lifetime ago that I last sat down and wrote a blog post for Beyond The Wild Garden. But to be honest over the past few months the blog has been always in the back of my head as I went off on adventures or took photos of plants of gardens.

So now that I am back with blogger’s hat firmly back on I think I have to first start off by saying why I disappeared. As many of you who have followed the blog  over the past few years will know I was doing an MA in Journalism and Media Communications in Griffith College. Well this is the reason I disappeared… I had to finally finish the thing! To be specific I had to get my dissertation done.

To get the dissertation done (and carry on with my full-time job) the blog had to take a backseat. You may understand why I didn’t have time to everything when I tell you exactly what I did for my dissertation. I designed, photographed and edited a 32 page gardening magazine!

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It was a mammoth undertaking but I am delighted to say I got through it and in fact on a glorious autumn day last week I graduated from my masters! So that is a massive tick mark beside that part of my life to say it is done and dusted!

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In the coming weeks I will be getting some more copies of the magazine printed and publishing an online version of it so I will of course share the process of making my own garden magazine with you all!

Apart from finishing my MA there has been a lot of other things keeping me busy! I have a new job in UCD. I am the Student Ambassador Manager and Digital Content Executive which basically means I am on social media a lot more now and that I have a team of about 120 Student Ambassadors working for me! (Below is just a few of them at one of our events back in September)

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I was also at Bloom again this year for a week of plants and media! There was even a brief appearance on the six o’clock news on RTE walking around the show gardens with the President of Ireland!

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There were a few trips away to places like Birmingham and Malta and then a few trips around Ireland to round of the summer!

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There were also come great trips to gardens around the Ireland and lots of food adventures over the last few months so needless to say I have a lot of new content to share with you all over the coming weeks!

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