In May when I visited the rare and special plant fair, held on the Killruddery estate, I made the impulsive decision to pay €70 for annual membership of Killruddery which gives me free access to the gardens .
I have been using coconut oil to cook with for some time, not for ever, but I did start to use it before it became as widely available as it is now. These days it’s as easy to source as ice cream by the seaside on a hot summer’s day as it has slipped into the river of mainstream and is sold in supermarkets.
Greeting from the Cotswolds where I have been since Monday evening and which I leave on Friday to make my way a little further south to stay with old friends for the weekend before returning home via Somerset. When I booked my five-day stay here it seemed liked a goodly spell to spend in this ravishingly pretty corner of England but I now realize it’s only just enough time to get a quick peek at some of the many attractions the area has to offer.
I have mentioned before on the blog that I try to eat in a healthy fashion. Mostly! I say mostly because I am inordinately fond of cake; I also like to eat the occasional burger and fries with a dollop of added-sugar-horror aka tomato ketchup on the side; and I indulge in the odd ninety-nine ice cream cone.
Yesterday, knowing that today is the longest day, I briefly considered that I might get up this morning pre-dawn and go out with my camera seeking pictures of daybreak. Very briefly! Laziness won and the anticipation of a full eight hours sleep totally trumped the idea of clambering, bleary-eyed, out of bed at some ungodly hour this am.
When I drive into the centre of Dublin, Ely Place is one of my preferred parking spots so over time I have got to know it well. It’s nicely tucked away, yet central as it’s a mere stone’s throw from Dublin’s St Stephens Green and from one of the city’s main shopping arteries: Grafton Street. It’s lined either side with charming Georgian buildings and as city streets go it’s not long but there is a surprising amount one can do there.
Filling in the online application was as easy as gliding down an oiled slide. I was applying for a place, at a College of Further Education, to do a year’s full-time course in photography: the college’s website said that selection was by interview and I knew that was going to be the difficult bit.