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Climate change, unpacking boxes and favourite books.

9 May


The weather is back to rain again so garden days are at a standstill for a little while. Really heavy rain last night…monsoon like…lots of flooding today. Apart from more rain in the last few years I also notice that the rain has changed…much heavier monsoon like sheeting rain. I suppose that’s climate change. There’s no denying it’s existence even here in Ireland.

Anyway the rainy days give us a chance to work indoors on the cottage renovations. The sitting room is finished now so with great joy we start unpacking things not seen since last September. The thing I missed the most in that time was books. I know everything can be looked up on Google now but for me nothing beats picking up a book.


As each box is opened one is reacquinted with old friends. Alice in Wonderland my favourite book from childhood….


an old herbal book given to me by a lady long left this world and from my school days a poetry book.


Time to stop and read once more my favourite poem…ever. The Road Not Taken by the American poet Robert Frost.


Herbal reference books and of course gardening books…all at my fintertips once again. These will be much used over the Summer as the garden work continues and herbal potions are made from hedgerow plants along the lane.


Soon the shelves fill up with treasures collected over the years. Andy still has many of his childhood books…they are here too…. on the top shelf. Of course every new house needs some new things…one of the new things is the mandala on the top shelf. I just love it…it’s from my friend June over at www.celticmooncraft.blogspot.com . The triskele is a favourite emblem of mine…


as is the trinity knot. This is on a piece of stained glass set into the sitting room door. The door was made by our friend Alan and the glass was made by a guy called Matt Black who used to have a shop in Drumshanbo. I really love to have things made by local people.  I picked up the porcelian handle in a charity shop for 2 euros. You can’t see it very well in this pic but it has an exotic bird on it.


Yippee! The books are back…onto the next room…or…if the weather picks up again…some more garden work. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Foodie Penpals.

29 Apr


Last month I joined Foodie Penpals which is run by Carol Anne Grady over at http://www.thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/ . It’s always nice to receive a parcel in the post, even nicer if it has some edible treats. The scheme matches people to receive a food parcel. You figure out what the person might like be emailing them and getting to know their likes, dislikes and any dietary restrictions. There’s a financial limit of £10 or €10.


My parcel arrived last Thursday and it could’nt have been better timed. We were both working at home decorating our newly renovated sitting room, the cupboard was running a little low on treats and neither of us wanted to go to the shops. The parcel which was sent by Cerys from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire was a delight. .


A mix of sweet and savoury treats to enjoy. I was so impressed Kerys had included my favourite sweet from my childhood, Black Jacks, love ’em. Aniseed flavoured, chewy,  black,  toffee like sweets. They did’nt last long, set to them straight away.


For our work break we had the chocolate drinks along with the Strawberry/Vanilla choc chunk biscuits.  Divine! Even more so beause our cookie jar was empty.


A large chocolate bar with hazelnuts also disappeared that night as we watched a bit of TV after a hard days work. Lots of whole nuts in there which we both love.


Also in the package were some pretzels, cupcake cases, some lovely sugar decorations and flower wafers. Also some Aromat seasoning which is said to make steamed vegetables taste divine.  The cupcake cases and decorations I will use next month to make treats for my neices birthdays which are on the 12th and 17th.

Hopefully the recipient of my parcel was as pleased as I was. Looking forward to next month’s already. If you would like to join check out  the website mentioned above if you live in Europe. For people in US and Canada the address is http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/ .

You can check out Kerys’s blog at www.littleboblab.blogspot.ie/ .

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