A West Cork Life

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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Reclaiming the magic

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in A West Cork Life

Everyone has been so busy this year. Whether employed or unemployed, married with kids or  single, a bohemian artist or one of Leo’s people who get up in the morning – everyone is extremely busy. Meetings with friends and neighbours...

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From Corleone to West Cork

Posted on: 9th June, 2017 in A West Cork Life

I have spent the last week in a 19th century farm, high in the hills above the town of Corleone in Sicily. The landscape is incredible: rolling fields of wheat and barley, olive groves and vineyards; a lush and fertile...

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Telly smarts

Posted on: 15th May, 2017 in A West Cork Life

I’m not quite sure how many channels we have. I’ve tried to scroll through the list, but get distracted before I get to the end every time. Who knew that there were enough twins who commit murders to have an...

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