A West Cork Life

RIP Sam and Dave

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in A West Cork Life

It’s been over a week and I still can’t bear to go outside. I had a quick tour the day after Ophelia hit, but I think that I was in such shock that I couldn’t let the destruction sink in...

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Going native

Posted on: 5th October, 2017 in A West Cork Life

Back in the days of Empires, and jolly hockey sticks, one of the dangers of living abroad was the risk of ‘going native’. Going native is defined as: ‘to adopt the lifestyle or outlook of the local inhabitants’. It implies...

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Pink and Blue

Posted on: 31st August, 2017 in A West Cork Life

I remember being around seven-years-old the first time I heard the rhyme: ‘Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of’. That sounded good to me. There was nothing I didn’t like about that, but I...

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Reclaiming the magic

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in A West Cork Life

Everyone has been so busy this year. Whether employed or unemployed, married with kids or  single, a bohemian artist or one of Leo’s people who get up in the morning – everyone is extremely busy. Meetings with friends and neighbours...

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From Corleone to West Cork

Posted on: 9th June, 2017 in A West Cork Life

I have spent the last week in a 19th century farm, high in the hills above the town of Corleone in Sicily. The landscape is incredible: rolling fields of wheat and barley, olive groves and vineyards; a lush and fertile...

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Telly smarts

Posted on: 15th May, 2017 in A West Cork Life

I’m not quite sure how many channels we have. I’ve tried to scroll through the list, but get distracted before I get to the end every time. Who knew that there were enough twins who commit murders to have an...

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You gotta have faith

Posted on: 10th April, 2017 in A West Cork Life

These days I feel grateful that my children are all raised and grown. Not only because of the 24/7 responsibility and often boring drudgery of child-rearing, but also because I would find it more difficult today to find a balance...

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West Cork musings

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in A West Cork Life

Sometimes I take a step back and think about of how much West Cork has changed since I first visited in 1990. Looking around, remembering what it used to look like, is like a Pokemon Go augmented reality experience with...

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