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Last day in Portugal, sniff, sniff

(There’s a steep walk from the parking) We found another wall. In the town of Bragança in the north-east corner of Portugal. The town provides free overnight motorhome parking just under the castle walls. Unfortunately, the castle was closed on … Continue reading

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Spending time with Vera…

(Notice the colour for the houses here is white and grey) I hear there’s more bad weather on it’s way to you. So I won’t mention that it’s been a lovely day here and I’m outside as I write watching … Continue reading

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View from the Bed

(Having a go at grape picking) You know how when you’re buying a house you’re supposed to check out where the sun rises and sets in relation to your garden? Well, we only ever bought one house and we’ve lived … Continue reading

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Show Time

(This is me crafting last year in Canada) It’s that time again – Knitting and Stitching Show time! I’m very excited. Tomorrow I will be in a big room with thousands of noisy people milling around and getting in my … Continue reading

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Pensive on a rainy Monday

(Photo I took of Glendalough round tower last weekend) The weekend before we left Ireland I was down in Glendalough at a family gathering. Sixty-five cousins (four generations) from my Dad’s side of the family came together on a Saturday … Continue reading

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You are NOT stupid!

(Lost in a forest of little leaves) “Everyone is a genius, but judge a fish on ability to climb a tree & it will live its life believing it is stupid”. – Albert Einstein. Put your attention on what makes you … Continue reading

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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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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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Friday Quote – Once upon a time Picasso couldn’t paint….

(Remembering Canada)   I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso What do you want to learn to do today? Mairead.

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Leonard and Leonardo…….

(Botanic Gardens, succulents) We were looking at a very good documentary about Leonard Cohen on Saturday night. It was called I’m your Man and had other people singing his songs from a concert tour, while he chatted to the interviewer … Continue reading

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Watch La Luna by Pixar!

(Butterfly on lavender at Powerscourt Estate) I watched a beautiful short movie on Sunday… here’s the blurb about it. There’s a little boy, his father and his grandfather and they are out in their boat. In the beginning of the … Continue reading

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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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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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Helen Kearney’s welcome home.

(Picture of Helen Kearney in London. Source: Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe) I have more photos and things to say about Canada but first I want to tell you where I was on Saturday afternoon. I went to join hundreds of others … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – You can do it!

(You see that dot on the picture? That’s a man walking a tightrope between two (very tall) buildings in Niagara….)   “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.”—Norman Vincent Peale     Our … Continue reading

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Walking in Delgany Graveyard.

(One of the oldest gravestones with the sunburst motif) On Friday morning when I should have been packing (more about that later…) I was in a graveyard listening to a woman with a passion. It was Delgany graveyard and the … Continue reading

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Japanese Gardens Co. Kildare

(The Bridge of Life) Yesterday we went to the Japanese Gardens. Our admission included a tour of the National Stud (horses) but we just went for the garden and the food. We arrived around midday and it was busy, tour … Continue reading

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Killruddery Farm Market is on again this Saturday.

(This way…) Last month we went to the Killruddery Farm Market again and it was lovely again. As it happens only once a month (for the moment) I decided to keep the pictures until just before this month’s one, so … Continue reading

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A Town of Runners – beautiful.

(Remembering my girls) Last night we went to see a beautiful movie  – A Town of Runners. It was set in Ethiopia, in a small town called Bekoji. There was only a dirt road from the town so it has … Continue reading

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Be careful with the lettuce….

(Perfect Hands… Granny and grandchild) I will be giving a talk in Dublin on Tuesday night and one of the sections is about being unique. I was thinking… we’ve heard it all before…. each person is unique. From our finger … Continue reading

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Fear and Hand Holding in Swansea…..

(Butterfly enjoying the sun) The last stop on our Round the United Kingdom, Short Motorbike Tour was Swansea. We went there to attend our daughter’s end of year exhibition. Twelve movies in one evening… don’t worry they were short, about … Continue reading

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Really, Moira, it was no trouble :)

(View from the dart) Friday was an odd day. I went to Dublin on the Dart. I didn’t bring an umbrella, probably just as well – gusting winds. I didn’t bring a hat, so hair a bit streely (old Tipperary … 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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Kilruddery Food Market has crafts?

(Fiona from Treasurepalace) Yesterday for our Saturday date we went to Killruddery Food Market. I think it just started this weekend, but I could be wrong. Anyway, this is the first we’ve heard of it and it will be running … Continue reading

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Hello blog, whatcha got today?

(Brooklodge Hotel near Aughrim, Co. Wicklow) Every day to write this blog, I sit down facing a window with a view to the sky. I never know what I’m going to write about. I never know if anything will turn … Continue reading

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Inspiring Spring

(Soon….) The sun is shining through the window as I write and I think this could be spring… or it may be summer. Whichever, it has certainly imbued me with a sense of possibilities, of renewal, of regrowth, of starting … Continue reading

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The stories we believe…..

(Beauty in the eye of the beholder) So… I’m still here at the coffee shop and I’m thinking about the stories we believe about ourselves. When I was a new Mum, with a little baby that cried a lot, I … Continue reading

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Coffee shop writing…..

(Coffee Time) Since I’ve been sitting on the sofa resting for the past four days, I’m a bit stir-crazy. So today Denis dropped me to the door of a coffee shop in Dublin and I can get back to my … Continue reading

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A bit of history (apologies to history scholars)

(Lunch) Ok we’re in Berlin… on the west side… not that it matters any more. But it used to matter. Back in 1961 they built a wall, the Russians did, all around west Berlin. Yes, the wall wasn’t just along … Continue reading

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Lazy and Selfish

(Kate and Liam’s unusual sunflowers) For the first time in my life I went to a cafe with my laptop. It was last Saturday. I had a green tea and an egg sandwich (yes…) first. Then I wrote for thirty minutes, without … Continue reading

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