Daily Archives: February 6, 2008

Grannies and Cooking

Today on several blogs I read about another book for Charity called Our Grannies Recipes.

Our Grannies’ Recipes is a production of Mercier Press Ltd. (www.mercierpress.ie). They have opened a website especially for this production and describe it as:

A site that gathers together the recipes that have been favourites of Irish families for generations. Using the recipes posted on the site, Mercier Press will publish a book called Our Grannies’ Recipes in October 2008 as a hardback priced at €14.99. For every copy sold Mercier will donate a royalty to Age Action Ireland

I almost posted a recipe, but then stopped to think a little more about it!

Mercier Press publishes books as a business, right? If I went to them to publish a book they would have reams of regulations about my or their rights to the final publication. ‘Money’ would play a Big part in the discussion e.g. how much minimum I might expect for say 100 copies sold, or 1,000 copies or even 10,000 copies and how many copies per print run. The cut that Mercier Press required would also be mentioned I am sure.

At this stage of the proceedings for ‘Our Grannies Recipes’ I am sure that within Mercier Press all the money issues have been sorted, particularly the %-age for the Charity chosen. Note I said %, now is it O%, 1%, 51% or 99% I wonder?

Before I contribute to any charity I like to know how much ACTUALLY goes to the charity and how much is spent on Administration.

When this is made clear I will reconsider whether or not to contribute!

What do you think?


Thank you Eoin for your speedy reply on behalf of Mercier Press to my blog post and the comment I made on your site.

Please see comments below for the update.


‘It was a one of those days’ the song says, alas one of those days for me, is no more like the song than I am like the Kerrygold Butter Queen!

I had a post up on my blog but it was the worst thing I ever produced. I felt I let Jefferson Davis down. Reading a couple of other entries for the meme that he set us I was annoyed with myself. I wanted to remove it. In fact I wanted to close down the blog altogether and never look at it again!

Everything I touched took on a mind of its own. The computer froze – I rebooted Firefox froze so I rebooted. Meanwhile I went to do some chores. Things I wanted to move refused, but the things I wanted to stay put, fell from my hands or from where ever I put them. 😥

My head was fuzzy but I was determined to work it clear. There would be no giving in today, no going back to bed!

The Post man arrived with a big box. It was the long awaited external Hard Drive. The instructions for installing seemed so short and clear. Just what I needed; a new toy to concentrate on! I cleared all the gear from my desk and pulled it out. The mass of multicoloured cables scares me. They always seem to be a twisted mass no matter now many times I sort and tie them. In fact they were like my brain felt, twisted and mixed up!

I sorted a socket for the new drive and then connected the USB lead to my USB hub. A light came on a then NOTHING! Zilch! Removing the USB I tried another hole (very un tekki term but you know what I mean!) it didn’t work and the third didn’t work either. 😡

Brilliant I am down to one.

So the one connection worked – that is the one I use for Podcasting or Skype. It works so stop complaining Grannymar!

Well I will have to be like a man for a few days – one job at a time! 😀 That last remark was not a good idea ‘cause the ‘puter heard it, and of course computers are Male! It froze again!! I gave up and shut down! I put on the electric blanket and headed for bed. I lay in the warmth and listened to a play, read a few pages and drifted off into a peaceful sleep. A couple of hours later I came too feeling so much better. I cooked my dinner and had a fresh go at the computer. Everything except the USB port was working and I went ahead with the installation of the new hard drive. IT worked!

Now why don’t I do as I preach to others – ‘Listen to your body’!

Today the sun is shining and all is well with the world. Nick came to my rescue. he called me mischievous and accepted my tag for the meme. He came up with a wonderful idea and I look forward to following the progress.

Nick said:

My thought is that it seems a bit of a waste to keep dreaming up new characters. What I fancy doing is one of those continuous stories, in which one person starts it off and then the next person continues it. I rather like the Pricilla character so I’m sure I’ll soon have some ideas about something that happens to her.

So visit Nick and keep an eye on how the story develops!