Category: 2020

Merry christmas

I’ve had a Christmas tradition for about 33 years now. I’m not religious, nor is my family, who I am often separated from this time of year by an ocean. However, I’ve been watching the Sound of Music every year since I was in… Continue Reading “Merry christmas”

I’ll Fly Away

Tonight I am learning how to play I’ll Fly Away on my banjo. I’m a clawhammer rookie and this tune is great for a beginner. What a beautiful song. So simple, and yet it is one of the most loved gospel tunes. It was… Continue Reading “I’ll Fly Away”

The Book Pile

Behold: The Book Pile. I have developed a very naughty habit of starting books, and then casting them to the side when another book catches my eyes. Commitment issues? 😉 I think it is time to re-train the brain to focus properly. No more… Continue Reading “The Book Pile”

Goodbye social media

Hello cyber-world, I’ve bumped off of social media after foraying back into it these last few months. I am happy to instead make this site my ‘nest’ for the foreseeable future. Having just one place to call ‘home’ online is appealing to me. Too… Continue Reading “Goodbye social media”

Dreaming of Atlantis

Photoshop. The ultimate game of escapism! At the beginning of lockdown I realised, sadly, that it would be quite some time before I was footloose and fancy-free in the green spots taking photos again. So, I went through my huge archive of landscape photos… Continue Reading “Dreaming of Atlantis”

Hot cocoa

My friend’s mother got me into this daily ritual of having a cup of hot cocoa at the end of the workday. I don’t know when she started it herself, but when I used to call up to visit her after work in the… Continue Reading “Hot cocoa”

Grandma’s War Cake

When my Grandma passed away a few years ago, the things I chose to keep as mementos were largely based on things we used to do together. She was my hero, to put it short. I spent so many days at her house because… Continue Reading “Grandma’s War Cake”

Cú – saying goodbye

So, Cú returned to the rescue centre for some re-evaluation. His anxiety means that he may do best with other dogs around him for awhile. He has come such a long way in the last two months since he was found abandoned in a… Continue Reading “Cú – saying goodbye”

Moving again

A new home! I almost always prefer living in the country, although I like to pop into my little city here every so often for a year maybe of ‘faster’ paced life. It’s great to have the best of both worlds as options. However,… Continue Reading “Moving again”

Cú – My little foster boy

In early September, I moved out to the country and almost immediately spotted a story online about a recently-rescued little collie boy. He was around 2 years old, weighed only EIGHT kilos, and looked terrified in the photos. I got in tough with the… Continue Reading “Cú – My little foster boy”

Caherdooneerish at sunset

This week, a friend and I trekked up to Caherdooneerish (‘Cathair Duin Irghuis‘, after the Firbolg chief Irghuis), an ancient stone fort overlooking the Burren in Clare. We left it a tiny bit late in the day, but actually the conditions couldn’t have been… Continue Reading “Caherdooneerish at sunset”

Diarmuid and Gráinne’s bed

This journey out to Clare one sunny weekday afternoon was glorious. I ended up at one of the many places in Ireland known as Diarmuid & Gráinne’s bed. Legend says that she was meant to marry the powerful (and old) Fionn mac Cumhaill, but… Continue Reading “Diarmuid and Gráinne’s bed”