A West Cork Life

Waste not. Want not.

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in A West Cork Life

Last week I got a surprise present of fresh strawberries. We usually eat strawberries with condensed milk (wicked but yummy), but we had none in the house. Cream is the next best option and, lo and behold, there was an...

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Puppy love

Posted on: 20th January, 2015 in A West Cork Life

The tree has been taken down. There are still a few dozen chocolates to get through before I go back to healthy eating, but Christmas is officially over. This year was particularly lovely as all the girls were back for...

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Seeking peace and goodwill

Posted on: 1st December, 2014 in A West Cork Life

It’s been going around. Many in West Cork have been stopped in their tracks. The city has not been spared and if Facebook is anything to go by, neither has the rest of the world. Even my sister in Belgium...

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The circle of life

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014 in A West Cork Life

It’s that time again. Allhallowstide (a word I only discovered recently) covers the days between October 31 and November 2, which in the Christian faiths, encompasses All Hallows, All Saints, and All Souls day. It wasn’t until the 9th century...

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Down the boreen to Mary’s house

Posted on: 6th October, 2014 in A West Cork Life

I’ve just got back from a writing break at the amazing Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat in Eyeries. The landscape of Beara is so stunning that it’s surprising anyone gets any work done. My bedroom window overlooked the Atlantic...

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Now that’s what I call a bucket!

Posted on: 8th September, 2014 in A West Cork Life

By the time you read this, it will be old news. This week, however, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is getting more attention than the escalating conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East. Soon every person on this island...

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The Runaway Summer

Posted on: 6th August, 2014 in A West Cork Life

Some summers flow easy and slow. Last summer, with its wonderful weather was easy and slow. We had the occasional visitor to break up the glorious monotony, but overall we had the summer to ourselves and managed to make the...

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Midsummer magic

Posted on: 7th July, 2014 in A West Cork Life

It was as if I’d woken from a wonderful dream, and tumbled into a nightmare. Suddenly the world was filled with a sound that I’d forgotten ever existed. It startled me, and I found myself asking what the noise was,...

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