Author Archives: Mairead

Project Blackbird Snack Bar

I love projects, I have about sixteen on the go at the moment. Yes they are exhausting and yes it is a little sad when I consider that I will never finish them but they were so exciting in the … Continue reading

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Another New Normal

Eilish is gone. No, she’s not dead. She’s just gone home. We are learning to live in this new normal. How many new normals will there be? A friend reminded me that Darwin’s theory was not about survival of the … Continue reading

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We have a flour mountain…

We seem to be settling into a bit of a rut here at the moment, one day is very like the rest with spikes of excitement on grocery days and 5km walk day but last week there was a huge … Continue reading

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New Normal Gifting

I could hear Eilish rustling papers in the larder and wanted to know what she was up to, she told me to stop being so curious. Next thing she arrives out with a brown paper parcel tied with yarn. It … Continue reading

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The TO DO List exploded…

We are still working away in the garden but we have slowed down. Thankfully. My back was starting to ache and Eilish was getting better at being the boss of me. She has a very productive way of getting me … Continue reading

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Community Spirit

There’s a bigger prize than normality waiting for us on the far side of this… Continue reading

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Hidden Shed Treasures

And now we’re painting. Not art, no, the shed. Well it was bound to happen. I blame Eilish. She saw the old paint tins that I was storing until next year or the year after when I’d get the date … Continue reading

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The shredder is all mine…

The gardening continues. I’ve just realised this might be why my dabbling in the garden previously didn’t bear fruit (pun intended.) It’s a continuous game, gardening. Persistence is rewarded and popping in and out once a month is very much … Continue reading

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The fairy princess and the dragon…

There will be a short story time interval from the garden… (Disclaimer:This is not my garden. This is Dorothy’s garden. One day my garden will grow up and be like Dorothy’s garden… maybe) Once upon a time there was a … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(This is clematis and it is going to look beautiful soon… possibly) New experiences continue here and we’re like children (nice children, not cranky children…) as we discover different ways to be in the world together. Denis has returned to … Continue reading

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Learned Experiences

(Our shed-growing daffodils are still going strong) I realised something today. Although it seems like NOT a lot is happening here, there’s a lot happening here. Only last week I learned how to make a loaf of brown bread that … Continue reading

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The Journey

Today is the day we were booked to travel on the ferry from Rosslare to France ❤️ then onto Spain ❤️ on our journey to Portugal ❤️. Right about now I would be writing my first post from the car … Continue reading

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Back in Ireland

(Passing gates, grass, hedges and ploughed fields on our way home…) We did indeed have calm seas with just a bit of waving motion which I don’t like so I went back to bed until it passed. When we finally … Continue reading

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Nice Calm Seas…

(That’s the door of the church) We are (hopefully) on calm seas somewhere near the south-west coast of England if you are reading this on Thursday morning. There’s hardly a puff of wind and it’s very cosy onboard… but that’s … Continue reading

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Here’s the story with the Bayeux Tapestry…

(This is where you will see the Bayeux Tapestry) We’re in Bayeux, an absolutely beautiful town and home to the Bayeux Tapestry. A 70 meter long, 58 panel, linen craft piece housed in the dark in a big house in … Continue reading

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I might be hallucinating…

(We found another amazing Beautiful Village of France) It’s a wee bit dreary today. I’d love to sit by the fire eating some scones just out of the oven. I suppose it had to happen, I’m suffering from scone-sickness. Croissants, … Continue reading

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The Lovely Gentleman of La Flèche

(That’s the gate of the military school on the right and the spire of the church with the ashes to the left) We spent three nights in La Flèche, the longest we’ve stayed anywhere this trip. On Saturday I went … Continue reading

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Do I look stupid in this?

(Duck!) Well, hello you! Here we both are (you and me) in the last week… of France, of the daily blogging, of the travelling, of the waking up in a new place every morning. Now what? What will we do … Continue reading

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Living the Dream

(Beautiful trees in the campsite) As I write I’m in the laundry room of the campsite in La Flèche standing guard. This is a lovely campsite with hot water in the showers and toilet paper in the toilets – it’s … Continue reading

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The doors

(This door in Couhé) I love old doors in France, especially when they are framed by stone or wood or greenery. This town was mentioned in the old sign yesterday and now here we are rambling along its streets. It’s … Continue reading

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A sign of the times…

(This barn wall looks like a piece of mosaic art) Sometimes when I can’t think of what to tell you at the end of a day I look at the pictures I’ve taken. I’m often surprised at what I see. … Continue reading

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I’m not looking forward to Christmas…

(More pictures from Aubeterre, here’s the square with all the restaurants) I’m not sure if I told you that Linda and I are running a workshop on Saturday 9th of November, about two weeks time. It’s our tried and trusted … Continue reading

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We are lost…

(Cute touches everywhere, like flowers in the stone fonts) Aubeterre is one of the Beautiful Villages of France. It’s on the official list but even if you didn’t know about the list you’d think it was beautiful. It’s old stone … Continue reading

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We might be in a movie…

(Grand Hotel de Bordeaux) We left the small town of Créon early on Saturday morning to drive to a lakeside campsite just north of Bordeaux. The journey took about 30 minutes. (Driving over the Dordogne) We’ve bypassed it many times … Continue reading

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Funny name, adorable place

(There’s Denis racing over to the coffee) We drove to the town of Le Bugue on Tuesday morning with a bag of dripping clothes and my nerves on edge. We had checked in the Campercontact app and were heading for … Continue reading

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The Writing on the Wall

(Here’s a river that was probably around since the beginning of our story… it’s the Corréze river which flows through the ancient town of Corréze. This river is a tributary of the river Vézère which runs through Montignac (the town near … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms Always Include Lightening

(One Mississippi) My shoes are still soaking, so are my second best pair of jeans, socks, raincoat. We walked back from the town last night after dinner. All day it was hot and overcast. Funny weather. The kind you know … Continue reading

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Living Rich in Ancient France

(The single-lane stone bridge into Vieille-Brioude) Stopping for a coffee or for the night in ancient villages and towns is making me feel a little bit overwhelmed. They are so beautiful, they are so weathered, they are so peaceful… and … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Volcanos

(View from the top) There’s a lot I didn’t know about volcanos. Like, they are called dormant if they’ve erupted in the recent past and they are extinct if they’ve erupted in the distant past. We visited Le Puy de … Continue reading

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Village Étape

(Our view) The difference a few hours makes. We drove to the town of Massiac after the fog show. The sun shone the whole way and the temperature rose… to 23 degrees! That’s 19 degrees hotter than in the morning. … Continue reading

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