Tag Archives: behaviour

Sunday’s are quiet.

It’s Sunday as I write and this morning we went off for a drive, as you do. We were getting a feel for the surrounding area, checking out the nearest mini market, the restaurants, forest walks, pretty towns and villages. … Continue reading

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How often do Ryanair fly out of Pisa? Anyone?

We’re leaving Florence today, well, tomorrow as I write and we’re leaving very early (read 9am…) so I anticipate having too little time then (now, to you) to write so I’m writing now…. which is in the past… which means … Continue reading

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Surprise!

Yesterday we went to the Modern Art Gallery in Florence. You would thing there was a theme here because we also went to see modern art in Venice. There was a difference between the two… in Venice the artists were … Continue reading

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Ordinary Venice.

After my observation on the blog yesterday that I was not noticing the beauty all around me I decided to start paying attention. My mission: To pay attention and notice the ordinary. Here in Venice even the ordinary is different … Continue reading

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No need for you to do my job, I’ll do it…

(Rusty window at Killruddery, Bray) “It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.” – Byron Katie I’ll do my job and you do yours. Mairead.

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The little things….

  Quote on wall outside Francis Bacon Studio in Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” – Steve Jobs A baby step is enough, Mairead.

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Take a little break!

(It takes time to grow a tree) “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy It might seem like a huge effort will get things finished, sometimes… not so. Mairead.

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Fly birdie, fly!

(What you looking at?)   “The shell must break before the bird can fly.”  – Alfred Lord Tennyson Is there something you need to break? Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Expectations… Iive up to your own.

(Most of the Moon) I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. – Frizt Perls Well that’s a relief, Mairead

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Turn off your DLPFC!

(Mixed media in progress…) I’ve been reading and listening to Jonah Lehrer’s book Imagine How Creativity Works. I listened to it last summer with the hens in the forest. They weren’t hugely impressed with Jonah but I really like him … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Albert says….

(Well, if we’re including everything…. here’s the girls again) “Only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein You’re a miracle too, Mairead.

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Getting forgetful?

(Morning! Or afternoon?) As I sit here at 8.30am on Monday morning I wonder why I don’t sit here at 3.30pm on a Sunday afternoon. Why wait until the last minute? Why set up a habit that doesn’t support the … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Choose Happiness.

(Roisín and Caoimhe – happy cousins) “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” – Aeschylus Go on – make the effort, Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Go on, go on, go on…..

(From the summer garden – Love in the Mist doing its insignificant thing) “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi   Do your thing! Mairead.

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What’s the story? Part 2

(Widen your focus… and see the big picture) The story of us is part of a big Map. The Map is the representation we have created in our mind of the real world outside our mind. It’s just a representation, … Continue reading

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What’s your story?

(Mount Usher in Ashford, Co. Wicklow) The story of our lives is not the story of what happened… It’s the story of what we are. The story that starts “I am….” The story we think we became because of our … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Shush!

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi Listen to yourself, Mairead.

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Art Works – Caravaggio.

(Clare street looking onto Merrion Square – notice the perspective!) I saw a documentary on Friday in class about Caravaggio (1573 – 1610), his full name is Michelangelo da Caravaggio. Poor guy, he had a difficult life, one of his … Continue reading

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Good Luck!

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson Today could be your lucky day! Mairead.

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Why does this keep happening to me?

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein If you want a different result, then stop doing what you’re doing and start imagining  something new you could do instead…… Mairead.

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Friday Quote – There are many types of slavery.

(Flowers from the National Stud in Kildare) “The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.” – Mahatma Gandhi A slave… to fashion, to social standing, to … Continue reading

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Practice makes perfect…. bit by tiny bit.

(Printing practice) It’s before dawn on an autumnal wet kind of day here in County Wicklow. I’m up early because there’s a lot to do before I leave for my classes. Today it’s drawing… not my favourite but I want … Continue reading

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The rainy season has arrived…. time for a story change!

(Lovely day in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on Saturday) It rained all day yesterday and it looks like it’s ready to do the same today. As always it’s funny how I get used to the weather and think it’ll never be … Continue reading

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The Walking Machine…. another gadget or a guru?

(Collage) We have a walking machine, we’ve had it about six months now. Having one doesn’t contribute to good health but using one might… I’ve started using it. It has an added benefit of allowing my mind to drift away and … Continue reading

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We found the perfect rice cooker!

(Sky over Strangford Lough) From time to time we buy gadgets and I don’t mean the computer type of gadgets, I mean the kitchen ones. For a time these beauties take pride of place on the kitchen counter but eventually … Continue reading

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Hens are great teachers… listen to a hen today.

  (The menu) It’s very early in the morning as I write from our hotel in Swansea. I seem to have jet lag without crossing a time zone, probably the traffic noises, the pillow and the light peeping in around … Continue reading

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Sunshine, water and an excellent lawnmower.

(Some blue sky) Yesterday provided a few little challenges for me… or maybe I provided them myself. It was sunny again so I figured this was a perfect opportunity to cut the grass. Two days of rain followed by a … Continue reading

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Horas non numero nisi serenas!

(A bit of the sundial and fountain. Sorry, I chopped off the pretty parts…) In the end we went to Powerscourt House and Gardens. The house for lunch and coffee, the gardens for flowers and graves. One of the other … Continue reading

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Today was a bit slow……

(Vegetables for the lasagna) As I write it’s nearly time for bed and I’m not so sure I’m going to have something to write about. Today I made a vegetarian lasagna. Today I went to the shop. Today I read … Continue reading

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We’re Back in Ireland

(We didn’t take think it was worth the risk) We’re back on Irish soil again and for a few days it’s been very hot and sunny. Today is rainy but I have high hopes for tomorrow. I also have high … Continue reading

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