A West Cork Life

Are you ready?

Posted on: 8th October, 2019 in A West Cork Life

There’s no denying that we are well into Autumn. The landscape is rapidly shedding its summer greens and moving into the russets and browns of the season, the evening stretch is no longer, and the desire to light the fire...

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Grey is not the colour

Posted on: 10th September, 2019 in A West Cork Life

Before you ask – No my house has not been painted yet. Every week this August we have looked forward to D-day the following week, only to have our hopes dashed by heavy rain on Monday morning, or the disappearance...

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Make Summer 2019 a turning point

Posted on: 6th August, 2019 in A West Cork Life

So far, so good, lads. Summer 2019 has had its ups and downs in terms of weather, but overall, it’s been grand. On the grey side my house has yet to be painted due to a rainy June and a...

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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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