A West Cork Life

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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Beyond borders

Posted on: 4th July, 2016 in A West Cork Life

When I was a little girl, my family travelled a lot around Europe. That meant crossing a lot of borders. Some you could just step over. Others were long lines of creeping traffic, and producing documents to customs officials who...

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Bells and whistles

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

It’s been a weird month settling back into life in West Cork after six weeks in the US. Thankfully we’ve had some lovely sunshine to remind me just how beautiful this landscape that I call home is. It’s like a...

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Home at last

Posted on: 9th May, 2016 in A West Cork Life

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit (or to break one). No wonder I feel disconnected. Due to a family bereavement, I’ve been away from home for six weeks. That’s twice as long. Waking up in New...

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Time for a nap

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

It’s a confusing time. The fields are starting to bloom, but it’s still freezing. The flu and colds have abated, but are still lingering. Paddy’s Day and Easter are only ten days apart. And don’t get me started on the...

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