Floral Friday : Hydrangeas

At Bantry House & Gardens

This shrub is known as the Hydrangea macrophylla normalis , or lacecap Hydrangea, and grows well in shade and flowers for a long period in late summer.  It is from the same family as the well known mophead variety, which can change colour from blue to pink in the garden, depending on the type of soil it grows in.  I have the mophead in my garden, and it is leaning more towards the blue shades, which means I have acidic soil, though being a bit of an amateur gardener, I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing – weeds don’t seem to mind anyway!

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A Photo A Week Challenge : From the Back

My picture for this challenge was taken last week when we visited Bantry House and Gardens, in West Cork.  It’s a statue in front of the house, partly hidden in the shrubbery, of Diana the Huntress with her catch, a young deer.   You can see the quiver of arrows slung over Diana’s shoulder.   This statue is a copy of one from the Palace of Versailles in France and Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals.

Diana the Huntress at Bantry House

Diana the Huntress at Bantry House

Linked to Cee’s Challenge : From the Back


White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake


Wonderful recipe from Melissa.with all my favourite ingredients.

Originally posted on The Glen House:

It’s been a whole month since I last wrote or posted anything.

Life has been extremely busy.

The new job is taking up my time- far too much of my time, if I’m honest. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but I seem to have abandoned everything else. That’s not ok. So, sitting at the kitchen table, with a cuppa and a pile of books… I’m back!


August was bonkers. We had lots of visitors, so in between work I managed to do a bit of baking. I wish I had time to bake more often. I find myself commuting to work dreaming of baking. Life is so hard!!!

One of the quick, easy recipes I used this summer was from the Cooks Academy in Dublin. Their White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake has been a favourite recipe at the school for the last ten years. It’s the perfect dessert for…

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Wordless Wednesday : An Amazing Maze

Bantry House & Gardens

Bantry House & Gardens

1 Event That Will Help You Expand Your Readership: Meet and Greet


here’s a great link for connecting with other bloggers

Originally posted on Dream Big, Dream Often:

imagesWhat day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

The Social Media post will publish…

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From Every Angle : Weekly Photo Challenge

This past week in Ireland was National Heritage Week, when a lot of houses, gardens and other attractions were open to the public for free, so encouraging more people to come and visit places of historical interest that are part of our heritage.

Today we visited Bantry House and Gardens, in beautiful west Cork.   While waiting for a guided tour of the house to begin, we visited the tea house and on our table was this candle in its holder, which looks very attractive from every angle, don’t you think?

A Trip to the Yellow and Blue Building

Shopping bag anyone?

Shopping bag anyone?

I was in Dublin a few days ago and went for the first time to the only Ikea in Ireland,

and came home with a few things that I never even knew I wanted, or needed!

Such is the power of this giant, that it enticed me in, gave me the loan of a big yellow shopping bag,

laid out all it’s wares in so many different rooms,

bedrooms fit for a king, or a princess


living rooms with comfy couches that looked so inviting in their warm colours,IMG_0269

kitchens full of modern devices and space saving ideas,

dining rooms,

whole apartments smaller than my living room with everything to make life comfortable,

and did I mention the bookcases…every combination of cubes and squares to fit every corner of my house,

and, and, and….

By the time I had walked through all these wonderful rooms,

decided not to stop for Swedish meatballs,

and with my mind totally confused, and still clutching my empty yellow bag,

I came to the Market Hall,

And here they were, every conceivable gadget and labour saving device, small enough to fit in my yellow bag

and fully assembled and ready for use.

So I picked up a few kitchen aids, a garlic crusher,

a roll of some kind of bubble wrap guaranteed to keep my pots and pans sitting quietly on their shelf till they are called upon to do their duty,

enough serviettes to hold a lot of finger food if I ever throw a party,

Party time

Party time

some brightly coloured pop up storage thingys,

a duvet set,

some pillows,

long handled shoe horns (for when I get old(er) and can no longer put my shoes on without assistance)

and maybe a few more totally necessary bits and pieces!

Now I am usually a fairly ‘sensible’ shopper, making a list, if only in my head, but faced with such a vast array of goods, what’s a girl to do, especially on my first visit!

That’s my excuse anyway.

Now to get busy with sorting out those noisy pots and pans!

P.S.   I just looked on the Ikea website, and the first piece of advice they give ‘before you go’   MAKE A LIST!!  

Oh well, it was fun!

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