A West Cork Life

Home Improvement 2019

Posted on: 4th June, 2019 in A West Cork Life

When I first set eyes on the house it was a wet and miserable February, twenty-six years ago. It had not been lived in through the previous winter, and had been put on the market half-way through some major renovations....

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West Cork Ark

Posted on: 7th May, 2019 in A West Cork Life

It seems that someone has got the word out to whoever cuts the grass verges along main roads about leaving dandelions and daisies for the insects. Driving up to Cork last week I was happy to see both flowers bobbing...

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Interesting times

Posted on: 9th April, 2019 in A West Cork Life

“May you live in interesting times” is commonly quoted as an ancient Chinese curse. Well, if there’s one thing you can say about the times we live in – they are certainly interesting. Frankly, I haven’t ever seen the likes...

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The problem with plastic

Posted on: 4th February, 2019 in A West Cork Life

I know it’s not spring yet, but it sure feels like it. The camelia is in full bloom. The daffs are ready to burst. There are sprays of tiny little white flowers on one of the trees we planted to replace...

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Christmas is a time to share the gravy

Posted on: 10th December, 2018 in A West Cork Life

It’s been two weeks since I came home from Nea Kavala refugee camp in Northern Greece, after five weeks of teaching English, working in the Women’s Space, and meeting a group of people who have marked me as no other...

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Nea Kavala update

Posted on: 5th November, 2018 in A West Cork Life

It’s Sunday and I have been volunteering in Nea Kavala refugee camp in Northern Greece for one week. I am working in the Women’s Space with Hope, a young woman from London who has just graduated from Oxford. We are...

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Posted on: 8th October, 2018 in A West Cork Life

We tend to see life as a journey on a winding road with twists and turns, ups and downs over which we have little if any control. All we can do is keep going. However, along this road we sometimes...

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Save our Summers

Posted on: 10th September, 2018 in A West Cork Life

I’m always sad to see the summer pass, but more often than not the sense of loss is compounded by the fact that we didn’t get much of a summer to begin with. Not so this year. Saying goodbye to...

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