Up above the streets and houses… Rainbow flying high

Implement ‘plan B’ winter measures now or risk NHS crisis, Johnson warned | Coronavirus | The Guardian

“because early action can be less drastic action”. — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/19/implement-plan-b-winter-measures-now-or-risk-nhs-crisis-johnson-warned

Emo Court – Ear Tree

Still on the Home Tourist front, Clonaghadoo wasn’t the only place we walked around during my quick trip home. My mum and I also headed out to Emo Court (which I’ve briefly mentioned here). We did the lake walk (accessible and not at all long) and the evening light coming through the trees was just … Continue reading Emo Court – Ear Tree

Clonaghadoo Labyrinth

On Sunday, my mum and I visited an improbably named village close to Geashill - Clonaghadoo. As a non-Irish speaker, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I required some convincing that this was a real place…and not something out of a Father Ted episode. Looking it up did not dispel my doubts… Clonaghadoo (Irish: … Continue reading Clonaghadoo Labyrinth

Geashill – The Pig’s Back

Many moons ago - dating back to the early 1800’s at least - Geashill used to hold one of the largest pig fairs in Ireland. In 2015, while working on the village green, large cut limestone blocks were found. These were originally part of a pig weighing scales. No. Really. Obviously, the village decided to … Continue reading Geashill – The Pig’s Back

‘It’s embarrassing how good everyone has been to us’: Glenisk rises from devastating fire

Yoghurt manufacturer's staff humbled by kindness of friends and strangers — Read on http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/it-s-embarrassing-how-good-everyone-has-been-to-us-glenisk-rises-from-devastating-fire-1.4701601 Such a beautiful, optimistic article, about a business only miles from the village I grew up in. Felt only fair to share a more positive piece after the last.

David Puttnam rues ‘pig-ignorance’ of Ireland in British politics

Film director says he is ‘embarassed’ by tone of debate as he announces retirement from Lords — Read on http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/david-puttnam-rues-pig-ignorance-of-ireland-in-british-politics-1.4701470 The final two paragraphs are damning and spot on.

You know you’re in Ireland when…

Everything I do, I do it for you is heard, playing in the background. I couldn’t find the ‘proper’ video with clips from the movie though. the official one is frankly wrong. https://youtu.be/agOHU-tR7bo Having a wonderful day with family.

Light Night at Kirkstall Abbey

It’s Light Night! Hooray! The 17th Light Night across Leeds has begun. View from ‘the rear’ As I wrote last year, a number of different venues across the city will mark this weekend by creating shining works of art and sending them out into the darkness. Even the little ruin was spotlighted Though I am … Continue reading Light Night at Kirkstall Abbey

LBC – November Book Clubs

Our final book clubs for 2021 #LBCHorsforth – 10/11/21 – A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes – 7:30pm In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them.In the … Continue reading LBC – November Book Clubs