The COVID Stone

Outside the streets are quiet.  The usual sound of children playing and teenagers shouting is loud in its absence.  There are no cars driving up and down, no conversations with neighbours at the driveways, no work vans pulling in.  The only sound is that of the Autumn leaves as they trip over each other and…

Cobi

So funny story.  There’s a new teenager in my life.  As if I didn’t have enough to deal with in terms of teenage strops, mood swings, the constant requests for food and everything else that the presence of a teenager brings to your life. No, I obviously decided I needed more drama, consternation and commotion…

In Celebration of Motherhood

Today is that sacred day of days.   Despite our isolation and our social distancing, despite the lack of places to go, today is still a day to celebrate. For today is Mother’s Day. This is the time where we celebrate our mothers and show our appreciation for all they do for us, and the…

Belleek Woods Spooky Halloween Experience

It was a dark, wet and stormy night.  A real cliché.  The ground didn’t feel steady beneath my feet and the blackness engulfed all around me.  Creatures with scary faces and eerie knowing smiles waited at every turn and behind every tree lay a new menace.  The rain dripping incessantly down the back of my…

Friday the 13th

What is the big deal about the terror and tragedy surrounding Friday the 13th and where did it all come from?  There are two Friday the 13th’s this year to cope with cautiously, the first one nearly coming to a timely end.   So should we all ring in sick to work when Friday the…

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…