Monday, October 7, 2013


I was absent here for a while for various reasons - family visiting, work in the Uni starting again after my long summer off, needing time away from the computer after long sessions of teaching myself Adobe InDesign - and came back only to find Blogger stubbornly refusing to cooperate, so I have temporarily lost bits in the sidebar. While I attempt to solve this, here are some glimpses of recent happenings and be-ings:

View from the prom in Salthill. Galway Bay was eerily still for a few days - a mirror-like surface, coupled with thick warm air and people moving slowly; it felt like walking through a dream.

Encountered on another walk. I must emphasise I do not approve of people dumping old furniture in the landscape, but this was at least aesthetically pleasing. It also reminds me of that famous Cranberries album cover. 

My sister and I are busy preparing for crafts fairs, Christmas markets and online shops. I am trying to establish whether buttons or hooks and eyes or snap fasteners work best on crochet cuffs.

Baking. There has been a lot of baking, for birthdays, hikes, visitors and visits. I found out that liberally substituting honey for sugar is not always a good idea (banana mash instead of banana bread) and that a cake described as "really moist" in the recipe still can turn out excessively moist (pear mash instead of pear cake), to the delight of my visitors, who thankfully were all family and brave and ate it anyway.

Rab and I presented some of our collaborations at the first ever Cong Arts Festival. My sister and brother-in-law kindly helped out in various ways, from driving to filming our show. Cong is a picturesque village most famous for the film The Quiet Man. We loved this sign plus painted ducks' footprints.


  1. I am so glad to see a post from you. I've missed you my friend!

  2. Your muffins look delicious! Date purée works well as a sugar substitute. I made banana bread today with dark brown coconut flower sugar. -`ღ´-

    I love your photo of the red chair. Perfect!

    Although I don't always comment, I often visit your blog. I was reading some of your former posts in Spanish. Makes me curious... xx

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Holly, and for the tip re sugar substitutes - I must try those!
      I am the same with commenting/visiting - I may not always comment, but do visit regularly. Oh yes, I'd forgotten I used to write in Spanish, too! xx

  3. I absolutely love the photo with the red sofa! Happy to know you kept busy with all these nice things :)