Lately …

iPhone photo showing the macabre green stuff that got painted on my walls before they were skimmed.

iPhone photo showing the macabre green stuff that got painted on my walls before they were skimmed.


Lately it seems as if time has ghosted by and yet Christmas 2014 still feels as if it is as far away as the twenty-fifth century. And I have been absent from the blog. Again! That’s because, for the three weeks just gone by, I decamped to the back bedroom of my lilliputian house while a builder took over most of the rest of it. A diagram of my brain during that period would have shown show that I was ninety-five per cent preoccupied with the building work, leaving a mere five per cent for dealing everything else. Yesterday the work was complete and I got my house, now transformed, back.

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Kindness


I love this short video with its message about kindness. The speaker is legendary television producer John Llyod whose credits include: Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. The design and animation are by TOGETHER.

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Helicopter Trip

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I am neither a risk-taker nor an adrenaline junkie. So there are certain things I am as likely to do as a family of penguins is to arrive on a beach in Florida for a spot of sunbathing . Items on my unlikely to-do list include: leaving a plane at a surreal height and relying on a parachute to get me safely to the ground, bungee jumping off a vertiginous building, and white water rafting.

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Lately …

christine redmond photograph

Apologies for the quality of some of the images in this post. I wish I could blame my ‘second-best camera’ but the faults are all mine!

Last week, a couple of months into my photography course, I had a week off college. It’s such an aeon, almost the first ice age, since my school and student days that truly I cannot remember if half-term featured back in the day when I was last glued (not) to text books.

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Scary Stuff

scary decoration

‘Tis the season of scary stuff: ghosts and ghouls; tricking and treating; spooky spiders and other freaky frights.

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Blackrock: Fish Shop

blackrock  market fish shop

The Fish Shop is a new kind of fish and chip shop in the South Dublin suburb of Blackrock. Although it has customers who come from near and far I suspect that many who regularly walk down Blackrock’s Main Street don’t know of its existence as it is located a little off the main drag to the rear of The Blackrock Market.

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Stress Central

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Oops! It’s been a while since my last blog post.

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Photography Course. So Far …

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I am now officially a full-time student as I started my year-long photography course in September.

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Berry Foraging and Jam Making

killuddery house

One thing leads to another. Inevitability. So, when I checked the Kilruddery website, immediately after my August visit to the house and garden, I discovered that a berry foraging and jam making session led by Ed Hick was scheduled for Sunday the 21st September. And as I thought it was the type of event I might enjoy I promptly booked a place.

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Feature Writing Workshop at the Mountains to Sea Book Festival

mountains to sea book festival

I am forever wondering how I can improve my writing. There are tons of suggestions out there and one I often encounter is the advice to read a lot. Of course, there are other things I could do so when I saw that a feature writing workshop was on the list of events for last weekend’s Mountains to Sea Book Festival I didn’t hesitate for a nano second before signing up.

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