Maple + Mabel: What’s in a name?

Hampstead Heath London, Josephine Walsh, Jose Walsh, Maple and Mabel blog

18 months ago, if you’d told me that I would have:

  • agreed to yet another stint of international long distance,
  • got engaged and planned a wedding in 5 months,
  • resigned from a job I loved
  • moved to Canada in the dead of winter, and
  • travelled to Jordan solo for a trek in searing summer heat,

I would have laughed the rather large glass of wine I’m drinking right off the table.

I have to say that I never thought I would be here. And I’ve discovered that in itself is a great thing. 

Continue Reading

Long distance love – making it work

If you read my most recent article, you’d know that I’m a firm believer in the benefits of long distance relationships. Asides from making you and your partner communicate openly about your relationship, they can also lead to individual growth and independence, essential for personal happiness and being a supportive partner. Even if you’re not […]

Continue Reading
Flying the flag for long distance relationships - Mapleandmabel.com Jose Walsh, Josephine Walsh blog

Flying the flag for long distance relationships

Some say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Others say that absence makes the heart grow crazy, basically buys you shares in an airline and wracks up epic phone bills like nobody’s business. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, long-distance relationships are a fact of life for many couples. But it seems […]

Continue Reading
Jose Walsh blog

*All* you have to do is stay

Often the things that look the easiest are the most challenging. Lift. Tuck. Engage. Full. Lunge. Squeeze. Stumble. Hold. Try not to collapse in a pool of sweat and curl up into a foetal position on the floor. Get up. Try again. I set a couple of goals this year. They included fitness goals like […]

Continue Reading
'A love letter to Ottawa', a blog by Jose Walsh

A love letter to Ottawa

Hey Ottawa, I know I was a little shell-shocked when I arrived in early February. For someone who has never seen snow before, rocking up in -14 was pretty rude of you, despite everyone assuring me that this was a really ‘mild’ winter for Ottawa. Personally, I like seeing my taxes on a price tag […]

Continue Reading

Room to breathe

Somehow, I’ve managed to pick up three different types of infection in the last fortnight. I’ve started feeling semi-normal in the last few days after taking a 10-day course of antibiotics, not drinking for over a fortnight, and dosing myself to the eyeballs with cough medicine. This morning, I slept late and blearily stumbled to […]

Continue Reading
Jordan: What I loved and learned, Jose Walsh, Josephine Walsh, female solo traveller in Jordan, female tourist Jordan, female solo traveller

Jordan: What I loved and learned

This year, I’ve prioritised travelling alone. I didn’t do a gap year after school, and most of my international travel has been with friends, family or my husband. Although I love travelling with others and just lolling around on a beach drinking endless Black Russians, I really wanted to travel solo through a physically challenging environment […]

Continue Reading
Brunch - Learning to make new friends, a blog post by Jose Walsh

How to get in the friend zone

So, you’ve moved to a new city and want to make new friends. Luckily, your workplace has an active social calendar and is full of lovely, like-minded colleagues. You already know a handful of people who welcome you with open arms into their social circle. You envision chuckling with your freshly minted mates at after-work drinks, […]

Continue Reading
Jose Walsh wedding blog

Absurd things you needn’t worry about on your wedding day

Absurd things you needn’t worry about about on your wedding day Hands up all the brides-to-be who despite their best efforts are not feeling like glowing mistresses of wedding zen? I got married last year after being engaged for 5 months, and planned our wedding whilst my now-husband was living in Canada. Everyone told me […]

Continue Reading