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I’m Back

I’ve had a year of distraction between one thing and another.  However this morning it feels like I’m the old me again.  I didn’t wake ’til almost 09:00!  don’t you love a Saturday that doesn’t start early?  I’ve pottered about, had my breakfast.  I’ve started to use almond milk on my porridge – it’s a flavour combo I think works well together and the almond milk also reminds me of the Horchata we had when we were in Valencia earlier this year.  I’ve posted a photo over on my other blog Here, I’ve dipped into blog feeds I haven’t opened in months!  and I have a blanket on my hook that is calling to me.  I think all in all I’m starting to feel a lot more settled in myself and that makes me very happy.  Now I’m off to do a little of my Duolingo (one of the things that has occupied my time for the last year – I’m on a 233 day streak!) and then I have to actually start the day.

Have a great Saturday and here’s a lovely picture to start your… Afternoon!

Posted in Celebration, Cooking, Food, Friends, general, Life

Hello little forgotten Blog

This is supposed to be full of things that make me smile – given how often I post here you would be forgiven for thinking I never smile!  Sadly I’m going to shift the blame to facebook and it’s got nothing to do with my lack of effort 🙂 – honest!

We all know how it goes – you’re scrolling down your feed and you see something that you think is worth sharing for a number of reasons, so it’s easy enough – press share and the jobs oxo!  Well from now on I’m going to try and cross post a few of the more “Aww! cute” things over here – I might do an all in one post rather than each time…

So having said that I’m going to do an all in one post here’s an individual post ’cause rules were made to be broken!

Posted in Celebration, Christmas, general, Holidays, Life, Not Taken By Me, Photography, Seasons, Snow, Weather


If you know me, then you know I have a thing about snow.  I love it.  Actually, I love what is generally considered bad weather.

I also like to take photos.  There are a great many photographers out there that I wish I had but a fraction of their talent, but there is one photographer who takes the photos I’d love to take!

Meet Christophe Jacrot:  Facebook, Twitter, Website

On his site he has them all grouped – How about:


Melting Greenland (a sad thought for such beautiful photographs)

Winter In Town

and most recently White Iceland the photo on this page that I love is The Orange Tunnel!

this is a sample of his fantastic work:

SantaClaus – not going to make it too big – click on the links behind them holds such beautiful visions!

This is the one thing that isn’t making me smile – he had an exhibition in Paris November-ish time and we just couldn’t get over.  Hohum – I’ll just have to keep checking back just in case there’s another one.

Posted in Celebration, Food, Friends, general, Life

Body Confidence

Body Confidence, or lack thereof.  We all have something about ourselves that we’d change, that we want to cover up – me, I’m on a diet and I’m happy with my weight but believe me google maps couldn’t find an ankle and the legs will be permanently undercover.  SO!  it was with great glee when I saw Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) post her #TenTweets featuring Hilda (a girl that does not live in Ireland I can tell you – the lack of wellies & brolly are the give away!)

So are you smiling?

Posted in general, Life, Notions, Rain, Seasons, Weather


Hello there!  Long time no post…

I’m fascinated by weather.  I tend to keep an eye on it if we’re ever going away and the difference between predicted and observed is great – how wrong or right did they get it?

So what makes me smile?  The internet!
Previously the weather was simply something that was on after the evening news and a 5-7 day forecast on Countryfile.

These days there are websites such as :
Met Éireann
Weather Channel
Irish Weather Online (Facebook Link but excellent)
A Norwegian site:
are just a few samples

However my latest find is Earth Wind Map  I could watch this for hours!

So yes Weather Forecasts make me smile (although I suspect the Maths involved would make me cry!)

Posted in general, Seasons

Delayed Gratification

I love love love miserable weather. I think in some places this puts me in the odd category but I don’t mind. So unfortunately for me I am still waiting. I think we would have been happy to have temperatures like this during the summer!
Today it’s a bit windy and the leaves are swirling and dancing. The entrance into the building is full of leaves – I was sorely tempted to stick around andnkick leaves for the afternoon.
So while I am still waiting for season appropriate weather I am holding off on having a Chai Latte. There is something about that frothy, sweet & spicey tea that brings winter to mind (my mind) – cold noses and cold fingers.
This morning I was going to indulge but it wouldn’t be the same. Yes it would be lovely – it’s lovely any time of year but it’s cosy at the cold time of year.

So like the child in the room alone with the sweets I have to pass the coffee shop every morning – will I have the chai latte now or will I wait for a more satisfying cup when the weather turns? Ok I’m an adult and can have both but somehow I know it wouldn’t be the same.

Posted in general, Life

Go Go Gadget Getter!

Why oh Why can’t I just let a gadget be released without having to get it?  I bought an iPad with it first came out and I have to admit that I absolutely love it! – I don’t have internet access in work so it’s handy to have hiding away in the handbag 🙂 So with my trusty iPad in tow I was in HMV yesterday to buy a proper cover – I got one when I took delivery of the baby but never got around to getting a proper one.  Anyway I spotted a poster saying ask about the 3DS and they will give you a demonstration (woohoo) – so on to my adventures with Nintendos 🙂

When I was little (- I’d like to say younger but as we’re talking decades I’ll plump for little) a friend from around the corner had Donkey Kong  and I loved it!   However when Santa decided to get me DK I was almost played out so I robbed my sisters Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong Game & WatchMario Bros. Game & Watch
So I played away for many a day and when I moved out I rediscovered both – teehee – you really can lose yourself in those games!  However when I say rediscovered it does mean they were put away for a few years 😦  I wasn’t taken by subsequent game consoles after all we had computers – mind you we weren’t totally game orientated either so I don’t know what it was that made me get a DSLite! – at the time the colours were limited so I got myself a lovely black one.
Black DSLite Of course they then released a few in different colours Colours Colours Colours! but I have one so I couldn’t really go out and get a different coloured one – could I?  Well I am a bit good and didn’t  – so back to yesterday and a 3DS – what to do???  they will only have them in shiny blue or ‘cosmos black’ but I can get a discount if I trade in my (or his DSL) – eek!  my usual behaviour  would see me running in tomorrow with my money for a deposit and I’d have a new toy!  but no!!!  I’m going to wait – teehee!  I love the colour red and they have previously released a red DSL so what are the chances of a red 3DS? Well google is my friend and I’m going to hold onto my cash until I see these on the shelves:
My Next Purchase
Amn’t I good? For once I’m not being impulsive – although I’ve never regretted being so!
In the mean time I’m just going to have to play with all of my other gadgets – or maybe I might just get a move on with my neglected mountains of wool & projects.

Actually I have a camera I still haven’t gotten to grips with!!!!!

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It’s at this time of the year you really can see the seasons change – for the most part over the year they simply slide into one another but not at the moment – it’s almost like one day you are coming home in broad daylight and the next day the sun is setting – a week later and it’s dark. I have to admit I love it – the lengthening and shortening of the days. I was talking to a friend recently and who is originally from Zimbabwe and she was telling me that when they were being taught in school about the shorter days in winter and longer in summer it meant nothing to them – it made no sense as their days stayed the same more or less all year – it was only when she came here that she realised what the teachers were on about.
This morning I woke up and it was pitch dark – no more morning walks (even though there weren’t too many in the first place – well not this year) – and it was the first morning that I was actually aware of the darkness. As I type the sky is brightening, some of the clouds are pink and there are trails from the planes. Soon this won’t be happening for at least another hour and then winter will have set in – going to and returning from work in darkness.
Speaking of work – must dash!

Posted in general, Life


If there is one thing that I love it’s SNOW!!  I just noticed that somebody mentioned they had snow and I thought jealously nice for them!  I glanced at the window and realised we had snow too!  I just bounced up and down the hallway and ran out into it.  I’ve been promised we can both go out for a little while after QI but for now here is my Tilly (the car) in the snow:

Posted in general, Life


I am going to have to dig out a notebook and start making lists.

I was in a shop this evening and I saw three things I wanted to get but I know in my heart and soul that I will have forgotten them by next week.  Ok so they were games for my DS and I’d get more enjoyment if I bought them one by one but at least with the notebook I’d remember.

On a side note I got an email from my mother with photos of my niece – she really is just a little doll.  I might have mentioned it in places but she really is the cutest thing and is growing out of her Winston Churchill phase. – I’m bold – sorry!