A West Cork Life

From here to Rome

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in A West Cork Life

For most of us just getting through our busy days is an achievement. Our goals are limited by jobs, child rearing, housekeeping, money and that eternal taskmaster: time. Our plans are mundane: holidays and home improvements. Our wildest dreams extend...

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People Power

Posted on: 9th March, 2018 in A West Cork Life

One of the things I like most about rural living is the ‘can do’ resilience that comes from being far away from the urban support system of 24hr solutions to a problem – whether it’s a lack of croissants, or...

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Get ready for Spring

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in A West Cork Life

There is something different about the start of this year. There’s a sense of urgency to 2018 that doesn’t usually kick in until mid-Februrary.  January is generally pretty laid back as we, and the land, slowly start waking up after...

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Recycling blues

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in A West Cork Life

One of my least favorite mindless domestic activities is recycling. Don’t get me wrong, I am a diligent supporter of recycling. It’s just not one of my favorite things to be doing of a Saturday morning. It’s dirty, time consuming...

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Christmas spirit is alive in West Cork

Posted on: 11th December, 2017 in A West Cork Life

It’s that time of year again. The days are the shortest. The nights are longest, and we counter the darkness by filling our lives with light, love and laughter. Those of us lucky enough to live in West Cork need...

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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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