Archive for March, 2009

Paddy’s Day in the Park

Posted by on Mar 17 2009 | General Ramblings

I’m not really a huge fan of the whole St Patrick’s Day thing. Although I live here, I’m not in any way, shape or form Irish, nor do I pretend to be. So I find it odd seeing people visiting Ireland and on the telly talking about how they’re Irish when, well, they’re just not. Irish-American, yes. Irish, no. It’s a tricky one I know, because it gets into questions of identity, and that’s not always clear cut for everyone. And although I’m pretty forthright on some things, in general I prefer to live and let live, so this shouldn’t bother me as much as it does.

Anyway. There are 2 things I will not tolerate: reference to “St. Patty’s Day” (Patty? Really? I don’t know anyone called Patrick who would be happy with that as a nickname. Paddy or Pat, but not Patty), and green beer. Green beer is wrong.

I don’t dislike the idea of having a day off work, or object to the festival at all, but the fake leprechauns, and stupid giant green hats, and, well, pick anything you can find in Carroll’s gift shops as a starting point – they annoy me.

So, instead, I stay at home. Much nicer.

Today was a lovely sunny day that felt like the beginning of spring. I’m feeling spring like at the moment – I’m getting on top of my to-do lists slowly and I’m getting my hair chopped short again on Friday. Anyway, a nice sunny day in Dublin means it’s a nice day for a walk in the Phoenix Park.

I love the park. It has so many different faces. We started our walk on a small slightly overgrown path that neither of us had been down before in the Furry Glen, and quickly realised why neither of us had been down there before, and made a mental note not to again, especially at night. Ewww.

Anyway, the rest of the walk was bright and fresh and lovely.

Nice wooded sections

Cute park ranger’s cottages

The pope’s cross and American ambassador’s residence across the 40 acres. The fallow deer are off to the right but out of the picture.

And finally, a cliche but not that unusual a sight the in park:

Then home for a nice spot of lunch and a big mug of tea. Perfect.

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Half a cloth

Posted by on Mar 13 2009 | Crafty things

This is what I’ve achieved this evening. Half a wonky cloth. It doesn’t matter that it’s a bit wonky: it’s for cleaning the bathroom, and it’s all I’m able for at the moment. Well, that and playing Scramble, a Boggle-like game for the iPhone. I’m a bit addicted to that at the moment.
A productive night so.

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Testing blogging from the iphone

Posted by on Mar 11 2009 | General Ramblings

Right then. I’ve gone a bit quiet. Sorry about that. You know those times when weeks fly by, and you’re not really sure where they’ve gone, but you know you’ve worked loads, got lots of things done and seen some friends but horribly neglected others?
No? Really?
Well, that’s how my life has been recently.

There are some friends and family who I really need to email, but I’m also going to make a bit of an effort to blog a bit more too.

We’ll see how that goes.

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