Showing posts from March, 2017

Its About Time

I love living in and walking through Dublin.   Not only do you not need a car in the city centre, you don't want one.  From the eclectic vibe of Portobello to the authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants on Parnell St.  From Capel St over River Run to Parliament St, the back alleys of Dublin Castle bringing me through to George's St.  Taking a short cut through Trinity College's campus, hearing the Campanile ring, noting the queue of pilgrims to see the Book of Kells then walking between the pitches and going out the secret door onto Nassau St.  The smiles, nods and little winks as you meet and pass the citizenry of Dublin.

Don't forget to look up - there are many architectural delights to be found but also the clocks! Oh, the many timekeeping clocks! You can walk through the whole of the city without needn't to check your watch or phone once.  Most of the outside time pieces are from Stokes of Cork, the alpha and omega of horology in Ireland.

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Onward, SPRING!

The lingering chill of winter may still be upon us but there are signs of the warmth and light that beckon just around the corner.

Tá sé early Spring i sa ghairdín and the daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are all right on time.  Every year I forget how striking the front garden border is with the spring colours bursting forth from the beautiful winter bleakness.  Every season I think, "This is my favourite season",  and when the season changes I am left, once again, spellbound by the beauty that is the next season.

Spring excels in a burst of colour and shape where we have become accustomed to none.  I am pleased that the narcissi are continuing to spread and the hyacinths, which haven't performed very well in the four years we've lived in this house, seem to be on the up.  I don't bring up my tulips and I'm very happy with how they continue to perform and divide.  This is the fourth year these bulbs have been in the ground and they appear no less impressiv…