Monday, 25 March 2013

Gorgeous in Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a beautiful city, with a long tradition of good design and jewellery shops. (Rudolf Heltzel's studio was one of the first jewellery designer shops in the country.) I spent a very enjoyable day in the city last week and each time I visit I discover new shops and cafes. One shop that opened last summer is Gorgeous on John St. and in a city with such a great choice of boutiques, this one really stood out. With many unusual gifts it's the perfect destination for wedding or house warming gifts. I bought some tapered candles by Ester and Erik, they were irresistible and beautifully displayed in their original dipping trays.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


While I was hibernating I see my "Followers" have crept up to 41, I had decided that I was going to celebrate reaching the Big 40 with a give-away, so here it is. Just leave a comment so that I know you have not all deserted me while I neglected you. Check back on the 27th. when I will announce the winner, I may need your contact details so that I can dispatch one of my cute little houses to you.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Happy St. Patricks Day

Greetings to you all from The Emerald Isle on this our National Feast Day. I always think this day is more significant for our diaspora than it is for us at home. I don't do anything to mark the day other than watch the festivities on T.V. from the comfort of my home rather than brave the elements as it usually rains on the parades. I did make a "pope costume" for a friend that will be going as an "Irish Pope" on a float somewhere in Co. Galway. To mark the day I am just posting a green photos of a place we refer to as "the hills" which is close to where I grew up and a photo of some "turf" on a hillside, this is what we use to keep the home fires burning for all our emigrants. It does look bleak and desolate and far from "green".  Imagine going from this place to the bustle of New York or Sydney? What a shock!and yet we have more young people broad than ever, Will the tide of emigration ever stop for the Irish? So to all of you Enjoy Paddies day wherever you are!

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