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Thu, 23 January 2014 downtime

I captured this incredibly display yesterday:

It didn’t last long, but it was beautiful while it did. Later there was more rain, as is the way in Ireland in January. You really have to enjoy it while you get it at this time of the year.
I’m going to be offline for most of the day as [...]

Fri, 24 May 2013 dogs and shoes

When I was in Dublin this week I was fortunate to stay with Lynda Rucker, and her housemates Liz and Charlotte. Liz has a fabulous dog called Coco who is a sweetheart. As I’ve mentioned before my dog Minnie is not one for PDAs, but Coco is a total extrovert with her affection. I couldn’t [...]

Tue, 22 March 2011 by the light that never goes out

Last night I made the mistake of starting the update process on my Android phone rather late in the evening, or early in the morning depending on your point of view.
It meant I had to leave my laptop and phone whirring away by the bed for a while as Martin and I were settling down [...]

Tue, 08 March 2011 thanks Mom

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day. The idea for it was proposed by German feminist and socialist Clara Zetkin in 1910 at the second International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen, and it was implemented the following year.
Here’s what the IDW web site says about Zetkin’s aims:
She [...]

Fri, 31 December 2010 bye bye 2010

I snapped this sunset over a week ago when Ireland was tucked up under a blanket of snow and ice. The extreme weather brought with it a couple of problems for us and other people we knew, but we pulled through and were luckier than many.
Overall I had a quiet, enjoyable holiday with my husband [...]

Sun, 19 December 2010 the kindness of strangers

It’s the last Sunday before December 25th so Galway city was thrumming with people and vendors earlier.
The above picture was taken of the Galway market by St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church with an almost-full moon adding illumination. Smoke from a wood-burning stove lends atmosphere to the shot.
The mood in the city was upbeat, if a bit [...]

Fri, 17 December 2010 sky confetti

Just before I landed last night Galway threw down some sky confetti to celebrate my return, which was a lovely thought but unnecessary. As we were in our final approach the plane had to pull up as the runway failed its ‘braking test’, and we soared back into the night skies. I admired the lights [...]

Mon, 06 December 2010 getting in the spirit

In the past I’ve been more of Bah, humbug! kind of girl when it comes to the holiday season. There are a lot of reasons for that, most of them to do with memories of Christmases past.
I haven’t even decorated my house in previous years.
This year because of the ice and cold weather, and [...]

Sun, 05 December 2010 Mise en abyme

This is a set of Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, I bought recently at the craft fair in Galway (they are from Minsk). I’ve always wanted at least one set, because there is something about the self-similarity aspect of the dolls that appeal to me a great deal.
I was introduced to the concept of [...]

Mon, 29 November 2010 Remembering Rob

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Rob Holdstock.
It’s still hard to believe that’s he’s no longer with us.
The above picture, which I’ve called ‘Elysium’, was taken a few days ago in Coole Park in Galway. As soon as I saw it I though of Rob.
I miss him.
The good news is [...]

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