Our Drinking Culture

There are some very obvious differences between the occupants of mainland Europe and us Irish.  These include the beautiful olive skin, helped no doubt by the healthy Mediterranean diet and the bucket loads of vitamin D from the shiny happy sun.  Many Europeans, residing in sunny climates are also known to partake in siestas during…

Hand Luggage

Summer holidays are looming and thus also looming is the annual family row about the luggage.  Hand luggage or checked in bag?  Large bottles or small?  Handful of paperbacks or downloaded novels?  Let the battle commence. No prizes for guessing who in the family prefers which option, but you see packing for the men is…

Daisy Chains

Have you ever realised how therapeutic it is to make daisy chains?  It takes an inordinate amount of focus, a high level of concentration and a gentle yet masterful touch.  The stems have to be split just right, the little flowers delicately plucked and the chain assembled just so.  It’s an art in itself.  When…

Rest Day

A Rest Day is a rest day is a rest day.  Except when it isn’t.  Except when your precious, much longed for rest day turns into anything but. The very notion of a rest day should be fairly straightforward.  It should involve a day with the feet up, a good book, some nibbles and maybe…

Transferrable Skills

So I was asked recently if I had any supervisory management experience.  I laughed.  Uproariously.  In my head.  Obviously.  I’m much more professional than that.  But seriously?  I’m raising three teenagers.  I have supervisory experience coming out my ears.  Are you kidding me?  I could run peace talks in the Middle East.  I could negotiate…

Bottle Bank

Whenever we have visitors to the house there is a box in the utility room that gets put outside the back door hidden away from view.  It’s not entirely different from closing the door to the children’s play room, or study room now, to protect sensitive eyes from the chaos therein.  It gives an illusion…