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Tue, 12 April 2016 robot serendipity

Thinking about yesterday’s blog post about items in one’s home that have meaning, it reminded me of a funny incident that happened to me back in 2010.
I was on my way to London, and stopped in a café (which is no longer in existence) to get a decent meal into me before the cavalcade of [...]

Mon, 11 April 2016 adorning our lives

Over the years I’ve become increasingly careful about what new items I bring into my home. I’ve spent several years paring back book collections and ornaments to remove anything I don’t truly appreciate.
I established my simple formula before Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy became a revolution, but from what I understand (as I haven’t read the [...]

Tue, 05 April 2016 Spring Blossoms

The drab days of winter are behind us, and in-between indifferent Spring weather, we do catch a few glorious hours during which garlands of fragrant blossoms glow in the sunshine.

Today has seen a stretch of magnificent weather which stirs the senses and brings with it a burst of energy.
I spotted this tree in blossom as [...]

Mon, 04 April 2016 Stark visions

It struck me recently that I’ve been a member of Flickr, the image-hosting web site, for 10 years this year. At this point I’ve a cache of over 3,000 images online. I’ve taken at least ten times that many, but I don’t just dump everything I take online. I like to be selective. In some [...]

Sun, 21 June 2015 persistence and endurance

It’s the summer solstice, and the weather has proved diffident. But where is it written that on the longest day in Ireland we shall be gifted with sunshine?
An island buffering the Atlantic’s whims is never granted predictability.

Yet, towards the evening the continuous clouds thinned in places so I ventured into the woods, in search [...]

Wed, 04 February 2015 keep flying

I took this picture in Galway city, down by the Spanish Arch and looking across the River Corrib, at the weekend.
We’d been experiencing bouts of sleety downpours, but in between there were blasts of sunshine.
I lucked out with this shot of a seagull frozen as it passes across my view of the sun. [...]

Thu, 20 March 2014 some lights lengthen, as some go dark

It’s the equinox, traditionally the day when Spring really kicks off (although some parts of the world are still iced under). Today we’ve had a proper Spring mixed bag – a tantrum of angry hailstones tossed about on moody winds, followed by sunshiny winsomeness.
The gorse is in full bloom now and its coconutty fragrance is [...]

Tue, 18 March 2014 daffodil season

I’ve never had much time for Saint Patrick’s day since I became an adult. When I was younger I used to march in my town’s parade, as I was part of the marching band in primary school. Later on I participated as a Girl Guide.
My memories of the parades are usually about the weather: [...]

Tue, 04 March 2014 parliaments

Anyone who has ever watched birds flocking will understand where Daphne du Maurier got the idea for ‘The Birds’ (or why Arthur Machen was inspired to write ‘The Terror’). There is something both hypnotic and intimidating about their aerial manoeuvres and tight-knit fellowships. They form tribes. And so often, people don’t.
Quite regularly a parliament of [...]

Thu, 27 February 2014 sunny selfie

When the sun shines in Ireland you have to get out in it.
Today felt like a fedora hat kind of day. I like hats.
As remarked upon in The Meaning of Life: “People are not wearing enough hats.”

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