Thursday, 19 July 2018

NOT BEST PRACTICE !


I saw this in the local SUPERVALU store in Mountmellick, Co Laois this morning. 

I was horrified to see bundles of firewood blocking access to the defibrillator !

Just imagine, someone is having a heart attack nearby and precious seconds are wasted 

while the logs are removed to reach the machine that can help save a life.   




Then of course I realised that this is also the town

where a local politician hit the headlines suggesting that 

dogs should be fitted

with nappies!


Does this sort of behaviour occur where you live ?



Monday, 9 July 2018

Viewing The Cailleach.

The Weaver of Grass
left a comment on my last blog post saying 
that she expected to see something of the exhibition soon.

So in order to fulfil her request
here they are...



















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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

Phew! It has been hot with a capital H with temperatures of up to 35. 5 deg C and no rain for 15 days,
a rare old novelty for Ireland. In consequence I dug into the back of my wardrobe and brought out my light weight linen clothes.

Mrs H's exhibition of her wonderful paintings are now on display in The Loughcrew Megalithic Centre. I have been forbidden to display them until they have been released on social media however, I can show you what is going on the outside and tell you that we have met some lovely kind and very interesting people from all over the world as well as meeting up again with old friends.

We set up the exhibition on Saturday 30th June and were very fortunate in having two very exceptional friends who took on the work of hanging and arranging the eighteen pictures on show.
They were Maj the ladder and Patsy who directed the order of hanging with a few suggestions put in by myself. We started at 10.15 and were totally ready by 12.45 for the 1pm opening.



The courtyard of the Loughcrew Megalithic Centre.



Visit the Centre - LOUGHCREW MEGALITHIC CENTRE




Two old lads: Lar and Seán  from Dublin having a chat.




The Artist entertains two lovely ladies from Drogheda.



A Monkey Puzzle Tree that caught my eye.



A twenty-nine year old Toyota Starlet that next year
will be a Road Tax free vehicle when it becomes thirty years of age.


Looking forward to seeing you all there at the
Tales from the Cailleach Exhibition

Where I will allow you to buy me
a coffee and a cake.







Sunday, 24 June 2018

STONE and STRING

On our last day out we came home by a circuitous route that took us very close to the Burren
National Park. We did this because I thought I had seen a neolithic feature on my iPhone which turned out not to be one, however,  I really did see a stone man looking at me over the hedge.




Can you see his face  ?


As you are probably aware I have not posted for awhile and the reason is that Mrs H with a slight bit of help from me has been very busy preparing for her new exhibition. She has been doing all the behind the scenes work that artists have to do with their work, visits to the framers, selecting the right frame colour and style for each painting, besides having them all photographed and then resizing the images for our printer to make the art cards.



Additional cords


On the table is one of the finished paintings that we have brought back from the framers and you can see his cord stretching across the back which will be used by the new owner. 
For exhibition purposes I have to put an additional hanging cord on to allow the viewers eye to see the detail of the paintings.




A stash of completely finished works with their exhibition cords added.




The poster advertising Mrs H's Exhibition






Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Place of Interest

On our travels we often find interesting places, like the one below which is almost hidden from sight by shrubbery. It is the ruins of a gate lodge belonging to a once large coastal demesne of Finavarra House in Co Clare, built in the 1800's.

I expect if it had a voice there would have been some interesting stories it could relate.
Perhaps the gate keeper would utter tales about his employers coming and going at all hours of the day and night and talk of their visitors, those who would tip him well or those who would speak kindly to him and those who would not.



There is enough of the lodge remaining that it would be an interesting project
to renovate and carefully modernise the old building.




The gate has gone now and has been replaced with a modern tubular field gate
so that only the stout stone pillars remain.



All of the windows and the doorway have cut stone features.




Through the front window you can glimpse the interior. 
I can only imagine that it was once a cosy home with a roaring fire here on the hearth.



A superb view of the coastal waters would have been seen from the lodge.

Wouldn't you love to see this view as you woke each morning ?



Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Faerie Tailor of Co. Clare

If I have a fad for a particular piece of clothing it has to be that of a waistcoat. 
This all started at the age of fourteen when I became the owner of an ex-army sleeveless, leather drivers' jacket with a khaki lining; it became my pride and joy when going on long hikes across Dartmoor as it kept me warm and left my arms unrestricted to do those things that are necessary when camping alone.

Over the years I have had several waistcoats and still have quite a few in my possession.
As a consequence of this fad my eyes are always on the lookout for a new one.

We recently visited a treasure trove of books, cards, clothes and jewellery in Kinvara Co. Galway.
Ostensibly we dropped in to get Mrs H a copy of Jack Roberts' new book 'Island of the Sheela-Na-Gigs' (ISBN 978-908378-40-8) but you can imagine how delighted I was when my eyes fell on a rail of waistcoats! One in particular caught my eye and to be honest I did not know why at the time.



In our wild garden



The wonderfully comfortable waistcoat



The rear view showing its sensible length


The embroidered emblem.

After a day of wearing the waistcoat I suddenly recalled that the design
on the back reminded me of my first mantra when I first started in the practice
of transcendental meditation of over forty-five years ago!



Detail of buttons


Regina Tierney  the Faerie Tailor of County Clare who is the designer of my waistcoat.
She also creates clothes and beautiful jewellery. 

Please visit her website here - http://celticfusiondesign.com/





Wednesday, 16 May 2018

POINTS OF VIEW

Since buying my new camera I have found myself becoming rather attached to it. 
There are times when it is not with me that I scold myself especially when I see a particular scene that, to my mind, would make an interesting photo.

So here are just a few of those photographs, things that have recently caught my eye.



The Ship on a Stick.

This can be found on the outskirts of Portumna, Co. Galway quite close to the River Shannon
upon which I doubt very much it will ever cruise again.



A conglomeration of coastal properties that sit under the Burren uplands and on the banks of 
Galway Bay. The smallest of them always attracts my eye.




The Keep

A very well preserved circular building made of local stone. 
I often wonder whether it was once a lot higher, though I guess that we shall never know.




Kiosk Lady

She must have plenty to natter about for she is always there, 
chatting away at all times of the day and night.





Rainbows on the wall

I captured these lads early one morning floating about and looking rather attractive, 
my one complaint is that the pots of gold are nowhere to be found.





Fresh leaves in Sunlight

The scene caught my eye this morning while visiting Mrs H in her studio, 
so I dashed indoors for my camera.




The Dog in the Doorway

How could I not resist capturing the magnificent Toby
guarding the entrance and enjoying the scent of spring.


It is a rambling garden that we have, with worn down paths that flow easily amongst 
whispering wild flowers where bees and other small creatures live in harmony.











Friday, 11 May 2018

Coffee in the Old School House.

This building was once Ballinahown’s National School and was built by John Ennis of Ballinahown Court in 1863. During 1924 the interior was redesigned by Canon Denis Reynolds making all of the classrooms co-ed as opposed to the segregated classes of the previous years’. This arrangement continued until the closure of the school in 1982 when a new school was built.
The Old School building was leased for a time as a private residence before being sold by the Parish and converted into business premises. 



An tSean Scoil
The Old School House

On the ground floor is Westmeath Craft Design selling a range of handcrafted products from jewellery to bog oak carvings.
The upper floor houses ‘Woodfield at Balllinahown Tea Rooms’. 
This is a new venture opened by our friend who owns the wonderful Woodfield Cafe in Birr which, as you know from my previous posts, has an excellent menu. At Balllinahown the food is great too and as always the staff are friendly, efficient and brew a wonderful cup of coffee!




Quite literally up the wooden hill.



The Café




The rear view of Ciara at work.



 Plates of mouth watering goodies 



I wondered what that old bald fellow was doing and then I realised

that he is checking his phone and so I was...




Thursday, 26 April 2018

The Wandering Camera

I often wander about with my camera, taking odd photos of anything that catches my eye.
Today though I was required to show off the latest pendent. 



The pendent made from the tine of a Red Deer.



I chose an old 5p coin to sit as a cap on the top.


Afterwards I ambled into the back garden to discover three splendid white ladies and a dog.



The three ladies


I opened my eyes, and in surprise
Looked in wonderment
At all that the She-God has made.

So beautiful! 
Everything
Above
and 
Below the skies!


©MRL 6th April 1985





Our one and only Toby asleep in the sunshine at the door of Mrs H's studio.




He awakes on hearing my chuckle and out pops his tongue !





The noble Toby follows me in to the studio and settles down by the easel for more rest, 
for he is now and old man of 90 in dog years and enjoys his sleep.


So do you have any old pets ?




Monday, 23 April 2018

Hidden Creatures in Natural Forms

Sorry for not having posted up a blog for such a length of time, but I have been busy using my grey matter on the project below - well that's the excuse for my absence !


We were given some antlers a few weeks ago by a good friend and decided to do something with them, other than just hang them on a wall or above a doorway, as we had done previously.

So together we sat and studied their form, turning them this way and that, until our eyes and mind connected and we saw the hidden shapes.



This one Mrs H saw as a deer feeding or perhaps it is the fin of a whale?



This piece will be used as a pendant eventually.




Here is a branch of coral, a seal, a sea bird.



This tine became a necklace strung with moss agate, Connemara marble and aventurine.

Just one question. 

Do you see the shapes of other creatures hidden within natures' natural forms?