Category Archives: Kettle Thoughts

The Pumpkin in the Lego

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The Raddle and the Ram

In which I am unwittingly re-indoctrinated into FARMING.   I come from an actual farm in Galway but I had a love-hate relationship with it as a child (loved pet lambs, hated the mortification of holding up traffic to move … Continue reading

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Dublin Doors

Victorian doors in Phibsborough, Dublin 7. I took this especially for my Instagram feed yesterday. And just look at those beautiful tiles. My daughter loves looking at the terraced red bricks in this area. She knows this was our neighbourhood … Continue reading

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Galvanise home

This little galvanise building is located near where we live in county Wexford. Somebody recently cut back the brambles from around it, which is when I first noticed curtains in the windows.

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My Instagram Life

Ever since I’ve had an iPhone, I’ve been using its camera and extensive storage as a sort of memo-book, documenting through thousands of images the things I want to remember, or need to tend to, or just simply to hoard … Continue reading

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44 Statements before Breakfast

My four-year-old daughter greets the day I’m still asleep I want to stay in my dream Mammy!! He’s jumping on me! My brother is jumping on my head and hurting me! I won’t walk to the bathroom, someone will have … Continue reading

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Lovely wooden bowls

I love wooden bowls. I became interested in them when I started postgraduate research on Viking age woodturning in Dublin, and started to accumulate this lovely eclectic assemblage soon after. I’ve had to stop the PhD research for now, and … Continue reading

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Josie’s penguins

  Two plastic sand-filled penguins live outside the front door of my home house. They’ve been there since about the nineteen-sixties, part of my grandmother’s proud front garden. Some time in the seventies, my uncle-in-law Tommy hid one of them … Continue reading

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Is the kettle on the range boiled?

It was once remarked that the most repeated phrase in my home house at Carrantanlass, Tuam, Co Galway, was probably “is the kettle on the range boiled?” In a house where everyone grazes, the kettle is used a lot. Or … Continue reading

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