A West Cork Life

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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Food is my compass

Posted on: 17th January, 2017 in A West Cork Life

After a year that had me travelling half a dozen times, I find myself starting 2017 in a snow-covered Brussels. They say you should start the year as you intend to continue it, and if that means more travel, then...

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Christmas is a time of giving and receiving

Posted on: 5th December, 2016 in A West Cork Life

It’s not quite 5pm, but the back of the house is already shrouded in darkness. The front, which faces south, is still bathed in the dying pink glow of another spectacular sunset. Outside is freezing cold, but here in the...

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First World problems

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in A West Cork Life

I’m as attracted by the new as much as the next consumer. New gadgets and tech are often desirable merely because they are new. What’s not to love? New is better, bigger faster, shinier.   I for one am totally...

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I hope that I might maybe stay

Posted on: 10th October, 2016 in A West Cork Life

Twenty-four years ago, we packed up our belongings and moved to West Cork from Brussels, Belgium. Today, this beautiful, little part of the planet has become my home. After two decades in the same place I have a different understanding...

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The Turning

Posted on: 5th September, 2016 in A West Cork Life

We may have been in tank tops and shorts as the sun split the stones for the last few weeks, but one look at the garden and there’s no denying it. The message is clear: we’ve entered the season I...

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Glory be – it’s summer!

Posted on: 5th August, 2016 in A West Cork Life

Welcome back to my heart West Cork — all is forgiven. After a winter of floods and wind, flu and vomiting bugs; after months of bad news and death, Brexit and Trump, we woke one morning to find the bluest...

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