Monthly Archives: September 2010

No Post today

Due to a mishap yesterday evening, I was in no form to prepare a post for today.  By next week the bruising might provide colourful inspiration for creative artwork.

A quiet day spent with Elly while doing some running repairs with the assistance of my sewing machine helped pass the time.

Since we did not have a chance to sort out the photo problem, I have no samples to show.

Normal service should resume tomorrow!

Meme and the alphabet

I stole this idea a very long time ago from Ed but never managed to try it until now.

A – Available / Single?  Technically yes, but do I really want to change that?
B – Best friend?  Elly
C – Cake or Pie? Cake
D – Drink of choice.  Good Coffee
E – Essential item I use everyday?  Water
F – Favourite colour?  To wear? Raspberry
G – Gummy bears or Worms?  Neither.
H – Hometown?  Dublin, Ireland.
I – Indulgence?  Dark Chocolate.
J – January or February? February because the days are lengthening and new growth is beginning to appear.
K – Kids and their names?  One.  Elly.
L – Life is incomplete?  Life is never complete until we die.
M – Marriage date?  July 1977
N – Number of siblings?  Five, all living.
O – Oranges or Apples?  I like all fruit
P – Phobias Fears?  Hypothermia
Q – Favourite quote?  ‘A day without laughter is a day wasted.’
R – Reason to smile? Because I am alive!
S – Seasons? I like  Spring – a time of new hope
T – Tag three people?  Nah, I leave it open so anyone can try.
U – Unknown fact about me?  I’m lazy
V – Vegetable you don’t like?  I cannot think of one
W – Worst Habit?  You tell me
X – X-Rays you have had?  Far too many to list
Y – Your favourite food?  Savoury
Z – Zodiac sign?  Pisces

Food Monday – Italian Cauliflower Pasta

Italian Cauliflower Pasta
Preheat the oven to 180°C

1 Cauliflower cut into florets & steamed
100g penne or spirals, cooked
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 dessert spoon of flaked almonds
3-4ozs sultanas
Pancetta torn in small pieces
2 dessert spoons of Pesto sauce
grated cheese to top

Steam the cauliflower and cook the pasta until al dente.  Fry the onions, almonds and sultanas until soft and golden.  Add the cooked pasta, cauliflower and pancetta. Next add the pesto sauce and and mix through.  Spoon into an oven proof dish and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Serve with with bread and or a side salad.

A Tour of Ireland ~ Episode 3

Week Three and we are still in Dublin.  Check out Episode one again at your leisure, I have added some more general helpful hints to the list.


The official date of Dublin’s establishment was 988 A.D.  The area was first settled by the Vikings. Then followed the Danes who took control of the city. The city changed hands on several occasions until, in 1171, Henry II of England invaded and expelled the Danes. Over the centuries the city was home to turbulent times with continuous warfare, invasions, sieges, the black death, the potato famine, the war of independence and much more. Today it is one of Europe’s most vibrant Capital cities.

Historical Walking Tours (64 Mary Street Dublin 1)

Irish History in two hours. The historical walking tours of Dublin deal with the Potato Famine, the Easter Rising as well as the War of Independence. Meeting point is the Trinity College front gate.

Tour Hours:
May to September: Daily 11.00 & 15.00
April & October:    Daily 11.00
November to March: Friday-Sunday 11.00

General Post Office. (O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

The General Post Office became a symbol of 1916 Easter Rising, when it has been seized by members of the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army on Easter Monday. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic has been read out from the steps of the building by Patrick Pearse.

Famine Emigrants Sculptures (Custom House Quay, Dublin 1)
The emigrant sculptures were cast in memory of the hundreds of thousands of Irish people who were forced into emigration during the famine. With their few possessions they departed from Dublin docks to Liverpool with America as their final destination. The sculptures are located beside the Custom House on the riverside.

Leinster House (Kildare Street, Dublin 2)
The Leinster House has been the formal palace of the Duke of Leinster. The government bought it in 1924 for parliamentary use. Visitors may now visit the main rooms as well as the public gallery.
Admission is free

Dublin Castle ( Dame Street Dublin 2 )
Dublin Castle is a major tourist attraction. Based in Dublin city centre right between of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle. All historic buildings have been restored and may be visited – from the Medieval Tower to the Chester Beatty Library. The castles State Apartments today host Heads of State, Presidents and leaders of business, industry and government.

Chester Beatty Library [ Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 ]

The Chester Beatty Library is the Irish museum of the year 2000 and European museum of the year 2002. It was created by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and is situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle. It is both, an art museum and a library with an outstanding range of Early Christian, Islamic and East Asian manuscripts and paintings.
Admission is free

Christ Church Cathedral [ High Street / Dublin Street Dublin 8 ]
The Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin’s oldest building and was founded by the Norse King Sitric around 1030. The city’s history is obviously linked with Christ Church as the medieval Irish Parliament met within the church and it is also the place where King Edward VI of England was crowned.

Kilmainham Gaol (Inchicore Road Dublin 8)
The Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe.  Many famous people in Ireland’s history were held in this jail – including the leaders of the 1916 Easter rising who were executed here. It houses an exhibition illustrating the political history of the prison and its restoration.
A word of warning though – the building is cold so in Winter be sure to wear warm clothes. Also it’s probably better if you have an interest in and/or basic understanding of Irish history


There are three National Museums open free to visitors.

National Museum of Archaeology and History Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The National Museum of Archaeology and History displays all archaeological objects found in Ireland. It houses over 2,000,000 artefacts ranging from 7000 BC and the late medieval period. Visitors may admire a fine collection of prehistoric gold artefacts, metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age and a range of medieval ecclesiastical objects and jewellery.

The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History has a wide range of weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware as well as samples of folklife and costume. One of the rarest pieces in the museum is a Chinese porcelain vase made around 1300 AD.

The National Museum of Natural History or as Dublin people might say: the “Dead Zoo”, displays Irish and world zoology. Ireland’s wildlife may be seen in the Irish Room, the wildlife of Asia, Africa and the rest of the world is exhibited on the first floor. Many of the species are endangered or rare.

Dublin City Hall Dame Street, Dublin 2
In Dublin’s City Hall visitors may discover the capital’s history. A multi-media exhibition captures a thousand years of Dublin. Audio-guides are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Irish.
Opening Hours:

Dublin Civic Museum 58 South William Street, Dublin 2
The Dublin Civic Museum collects and preserves material related to the city. It also displays historical items providing an understanding of Dublin and its past. There are regular exhibitions regarding all aspects of Dublin life.
Admission is free

GAA Museum Croke Park, St. Joseph’s Avenue, Dublin 3
The GAA Museum was founded in 1884 and officially opened in 1998. Croke Park is home to Ireland’s national games of hurling and football. The museum has been established to give a unique insight into the games of hurling and football.

Irish Jewish Museum Walworth Road, Off Victoria Street, Portobello. South Circular Road, Dublin 8
The Irish Jewish Museum is a former Synagogue. It displays paintings, photographs, books, certificates and artefacts related to the Jewish life.
Admission is free

The National Maritim Museum Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin
The National Maritime Museum is located in the former Mariners Church in Dun Laoghaire. It combines a number of historical models and tells the story of Robert Halpin, who captained the ship laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Another interesting exhibit is a French longboat that has been captured at Bantry in 1796.
Admission is free

Irish Museum of Modern Art Royal Hospital Military Road, Kilmainham. Dublin 8
Considered as Ireland’s leading institution for the presentation and collection of contemporary & modern art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art presents a variety of art exhibitions.
Admission is free

National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The National Gallery of Ireland displays the national collection of Irish art and European master paintings. The museum is located on the west side of Merrion Square, which is also a great place to admire Georgian architecture.
Opening Hours:
Admission is free

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Charlemont House Parnell Square North, Dublin 1houses a collection of contemporary and modern art. It includes almost 2000 pieces of artwork by leading national and international artists. The gallery also offers activities such as workshops, adult education courses as well as Sunday lecture series.
Admission to permanent exhibition is free

Now I think that is more than enough to keep you going for now.

Next week – Literature and the makers of. 😉

The wee small hours…

Time once more for another episode of the Loose Blogging Consortium.   Our topic for today was chosen by me and I cannot for the life of me remember why.


All along the wall were tombstones in aged graveyard grey.  Mary Kate had blinked, and as if from a dream in the dimness of pre dawn the shadows acted like a chill breeze.

Why were there six of similar style and height standing like soldiers called to attention?  It troubled her that no names or details were etched upon the monuments to eternal rest.  It begged a question – Why?

Was this an omen or sign from the spirits calling for the next entrants to their world.  She knew that the ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld  became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through.

Why six?

Six as a number did have meaning for her.  She was one of six siblings, all alive even if creaking gates. Multiplied by two and you had the age difference between the first and last. No two lived in the same place.  In fact it was several years since they were all in the one room together.

She was drifting…

This time it was a brightly decorated and well lit fitting room area with the voice of Bryn Terfel filtering gently through the speakers with the lyrics “She was beautiful” soothing the ladies as they slipped into the latest styles for the season.

In Cubicle six Mary Kate was standing looking at the reflection of herself in a mirror. With not a hair out of place and the understated make-up she felt she did justice to this slate grey unadorned dress.  It brought to mind Jean Muir. The line was simple flowing from shoulders to hem. The skirt had a lovely swing to it as she turned.  It had possibilities to dress it up or down to suit many an occasion.  Add bright accessories and some tasteful jewellery and it would look elegant at a wedding.

She decided on a  whim  to make the purchase, after all with simple pearls it would be sombre enough for a funeral and at her age Mary Kate knew there would be no shortage of them to attend…..

Now Mary Kate was fully awake but feeling tired from the night of vivid dreaming.  Perhaps she was overtired from the long busy hours of the previous day. All the chatter about family, their ailments and the forth coming events were reasons enough to keep her brain spinning. Her world was fast losing colour as the cataracts took over…

It was becoming a very grey world!




The inspiration for this story came from Fran – Mr Foam himself and the polystyrene tombstones he made for a Halloween party either last year or the year before.  Yes Fran, You may have made Toyboys for me to sleep with at home, but in Dublin, Grannymar’s bedroom is very different.  I wonder if there is a hidden message there for me???

I need Help

I am in Visual mode and click on the icon to add an image.

Next step is to choose Browser uploader, and I do.  It takes me to the full myriad of photo folders in my computer.  I choose one folder and select a photograph I wish to share.  At the bottom of the screen I click open.

I am taken back to the previous window and the code is there ready and waiting.  I click on upload, the window changes and my photo is there!

Moving down the screen I choose centre alignment then medium size.

The final stage is to click on File URL and INSERT INTO POST.

I am taken back to Write Post page and the photo is exactly where I want it to be.

The photo should be above this line

I hit Save and  and then once it is saved I click on Preview to Post….

All text is there but photo is missing.

Going to HTML mode the code is there for the photo.  Even if I decide to delete this code the photo remains in the gallery.

Is there a limit to how many photos a person can use on a blog?

Thursday Special ~ Punny World.

Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

A dyslexic man walked into a bra.

A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: “A beer please, and one for the road.”

Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: “Does this taste funny to you?”

An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.

I went to a seafood disco last week… and pulled a mussel.

What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, “Dam!”

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Not surprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.


Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.  Daisy says to Dolly, “I was artificially inseminated this morning.”

“I don’t believe you,” says Dolly.

“It’s true; no bull!” exclaims Daisy.




Thank you to all the friends from whom I borrowed these snippets over the last four or five years.

Art with a Needle ~ Week 54

This drinking lark is hard work, and since the liquid is cold, I am making poor time.

So far I have only this to show for my effort:-

Six coke cans opened washed and then torched.  In daylight the colours are really interesting, each piece unique. It is a slow process to get them this far.  The best place to work is outside so that the fumes can evaporate.  Care needs to be taken as the aluminium can get quite hot and as Elly say, it is fine for my asbestos fingers, but not everyone can take the heat.

Once cold the sheets need to be flattened, covered and weighed down with some heavy books for at least 24 hours.

I found it very difficult to get a good clear photo to show the patterning.  I am thinking of some form of Christmas decoration…..

So before I produce my packing needle, I need to find some paper and a pen to work out a design or three.

I’ll keep you posted!

By the looks of it I need to sort out why my photos are disappearing from the preview of the post!  It appears in both the visual and HTML formats as I am writing the post.  It is the second time this has happened with posting my own photos in .JPG format.

Now I wonder if it will appear in the published version?  Time will tell.

UPDATE:  Apologies folks, I tried taking the photos again and adding them in the usual way, but no go it did not work.  Back to the drawing board.….


‘The Night I Punched My Baby Son In The Face’, by Tinman was a very funny post that I read the other day and it was the inspiration for my story today.

My uncle and aunt were travelling beyond the Pale and staying in some place like Mullingar, Athlone or Longford.  I don’t actually recall the town although I was with them at the time.  Locating our chosen hotel they parked on the street opposite the building.  You could do that with no problem fifty years ago!  Anyhow, my uncle collected the carry-cot with son & heir from the back seat and proceeded to cross the road.  One of the carrying handles slipped from his grasp and the child rolled out over the blankets (which broke the fall) and across the road only stopping as it reached the pavement.

Suddenly flustered and in shock, my uncle bundled the child back in the carry-cot and covered him in the blankets,  then walked casually into the hotel.  It was only when we reached the bedroom that they checked out the child for damage!  Relieved to know that all was well, my aunt and uncle sat on the bed and started to laugh, more at their own actions than anything else.  It was pure Keystone cops!

Now come on own up,  sure there’s nobody listening  …..  😉