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Apple Tart Omelette

(Mmmm Bread and Butter Pudding Version 1.0) Another wet day today which is making me kinda sleepy. I might have a little snooze after I finish this. Well, I finally made my version of a bread and butter pudding. Lets … Continue reading

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Free Food! Free Food! Free Food!

(The sky last night and that’s a small plane up there) I want to walk every day after breakfast while I’m here, just for twenty minutes, a budding exercise routine. So this morning I got up a bit earlier than … Continue reading

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Wake up and smell the eggs!

(Two of the girls… saying something in French) A wonderful thing happened! Our host went away this morning for a long weekend and left me in charge of the hens! Well, Denis too but I don’t intend to allow him … 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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The art of being scared to death….

(Street lighting outside the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.)   Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Harold Wilson Kinda scary being who you want to be…. Mairead.

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Free trip to the barracks.

(Decorative Arts and History Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7) We went to visit Collins’ Barracks in Dublin yesterday. I had never been. It’s just twenty minutes walk from O’Connell Street and right beside Heuston Train Station. It has free parking … Continue reading

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Self Discovery…. Getting lost, frustrated and confused……

“I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost.  Maybe Lost is exactly the right place … Continue reading

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For anyone who’s feeling a little tired this morning….

(Happy Buttons) “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” -Aeschylus It’s worth the effort, Mairead.

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Courage and Fear are close associates!

(Tree with some battle scars) “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain If you’re scared, turn it into courage by taking that next step. 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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My dark January.

(From winter in Cashel 2010) It’s January. For me that’s the time of year when my energy is at its lowest. When the winter has been long enough and I want some spring….. now! I want it now like my … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – All is Well.

(Winding path, Mount Usher) “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs Listen, sometimes it’s very quiet…. 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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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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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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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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How are you today?

“People who say … they’re perfectly fine [are] more insane than the rest of us.”  – Ruby Wax We’re all crazy, Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Choose your own Way.

(Path in the Wilderness) “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. … Continue reading

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Wake up Time.

(Agawa Canyon… picture by Doris or Grahame (forgot to ask!)) I’m rushing off to a course this morning (more later) so instead of a post here’s a story from the book Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh that explains what … Continue reading

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Fear and Lightening on the way to Niagara Falls.

(Treats at Tim Hortons) We set off for Niagara Falls this morning (Tuesday). Denis went to pick up the hire car while I packed enough for the two days away. Something lovely happened when he got home. You remember Doris’s … Continue reading

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Friday Quote. Something not quite perfect?

There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light get’s in. Leonard Cohen. Nice and bright here today, Mairead.

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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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Swirling currents and calm patches while we’re here.

(Part of Grey Abbey) After the Physic Garden we wandered around Grey Abbey. It’s in ruins now with only a few walls still standing, but there are helpful drawings dotted around to show us what it looked like when it … Continue reading

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Friday’s Quote. The path to beauty holds a little pain.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life … Continue reading

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The sun always shines… even if we can’t see it.

(Shadows) Would you believe, it’s very sunny today? It is! It’s not very hot and there are a few black clouds on the horizon but overhead the skies are blue and the summer shadows are very pretty. I was thinking that … 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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Who let the hens out?

(The girls) I woke late this morning because I’d had a very disgruntled feline visitor during the night who needed to get outside urgently (at least that’s what I think he was saying) at 3.45am. It may take me 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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A belief is only an opinion we think is true…

(3fe Abbey Street Dublin) Still here at 3fe, it’s very busy but they haven’t asked me to leave…yet! So yesterday, I was talking about tying ourselves to a belief. I have another belief to share. When I was eighteen and … Continue reading

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