Archive for February, 2009

What Sweeney’s have done wrong

February 27th, 2009 4 comments
Jan: Cate Blanchett, Feb: Cheryl Cole, March: Lily Donaldson & The Catwalk Report.
They’ve been defacing my copies of Vogue!  From Left to Right:  Jan: Cate Blanchett, Feb: Cheryl Cole, March: Lily Donaldson & The Catwalk Report.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I have a kind of love/hate relationship with Sweeney’s Supervalu at Achill Sound. That’s because although it’s a 16 mile round-trip to shop there, they are our nearest shop and so they have more of an influence on my life than any shop should.

If you’ve ever looked at my Main Lifelist you might know that I’ve been buying British Vogue since I was 17. It’s the only magazine I’ve ever bought regularly and it’s definitely the only one I keep. I could never throw one away. I’m not worried about keeping them in pristine condition, I like to pick them up (they’re all quite well thumbed), smell them and touch them.

It’s not the perfume samples I like the smell of. It’s the ink on paper, the varnish and the glue. (I think it was the scent of toluene in the varnish that I used to find so appealing. I don’t think they use that anymore). When I worked in magazine production, I became obsessed with the print quality of Vogue and even visited the press where the cover was printed. Yes, I was a printing press groupie. I’ve visited lots and lots of presses not just in the UK but all over Europe.

Anyway, as I say, I’m not precious about my copies once I’ve bought them (I’m considering trying to make some furniture out of some stacks of old ones) but I do think that Sweeney’s should show some respect for the products they sell.  I should be able to buy a pristine copy. If they don’t value them, why should I? I’m paying the full price after all (especially considering the huge Euro mark-up).

There is no need to write the price in Euros on the front cover in BIRO!!!. With a cover as beautifully glossy as Vogue it’s difficult to make a mark with a biro and so whoever does it has to press really hard. Whatever beautiful creature is lucky enough to make the cover ends up with a really ugly tatoo. What a thing to do. It really upsets me that they treat my favourite magazine in this way. Not just that (and I’m sure they don’t see it this way) but they are selling damaged merchandise. I buy it of course but that feeling of saving my beautiful new copy to sit down and enjoy with a huge cuppa and some chocolate has been ruined.

Share site update

February 26th, 2009 1 comment

Last night we updated with a good number of small changes to the user interface – the look & feel – and a large amount of ‘re-plumbing under the hood’. From the visitor’s perspective the changes are not massive but, even so, added together I hope you will agree they make the whole site feel more neat & tidy.

The current economic difficulties around the world may lower the spirits a bit, so there’s no better time to create Lifelists® and think about the good things in life!

As ever, if you have any problems with please let us know.


So, how long have we got?

February 17th, 2009 2 comments

tideWe’ve had some of the lowest tides I’ve ever seen over the last week. Rocks have been uncovered that I’ve never seen before. However, all I can think about when I take a trip to the shore and look back up at our house is how long we have before the sea takes over completely. Al says not in our lifetime but I’m not so sure.


My Valentine

February 14th, 2009 2 comments
Al's Valentine's Bread

Al's Valentine's Bread

My lovely Al makes wonderful bread at the weekend. Today he made these heart-shaped Valentine’s buns especially for me. They were delicious covered in butter. He knows the way to my heart!


Trudi’s favourite game.

February 13th, 2009 1 comment
Trudi with Hanny-Penny, Beaky, Midge and Mungo.

Trudi with Henny-Penny, Beaky, Midge and Mungo.

She could sit there all day among the chickens. She thinks they can’t see her if she doesn’t move and so she stays, just swiveling her eyeballs, ready to pounce. Thankfully, she never does.


New page themes

February 11th, 2009 No comments

I’m creating a few new page themes to add to those we already have. I’m working on a nice springtime one and a party related one.  The party one is to go with a new addition coming soon to our Quicklists menu. Any suggestions for other page themes are most welcome. Maybe you’d like me to create a page theme especially for your lists? Let me know and I’ll have a go.


Before this blog

February 11th, 2009 No comments

Before we launched Lifelists, we had an online journal (mainly written by Al) that started in 2000 and covered our move to Ireland. There are lots of photos. It can be found here.

Between 2003 and 2005 I got very excited about Japanese Knotweed and frustrated with my local County Council and wrote about my experiences here.

Also between 2003 and 2005 when we moved into Corraun House I wrote a little about our lives, the leaky roof etc. here.

Between 2003 and 2006 we ran The George bar at our house. There are a few photos here.

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What Sweeney’s have done right.

February 10th, 2009 6 comments
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

We don’t have much choice shop-wise around here. It’s pretty much Sweeney’s Supervalu at Achill Sound (8 miles away) or nothing and so we’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship (one sided of course!).

Sweeney’s have been in my good books ever since they decided to start stocking my favourite confectionery. It was extremely lucky for me because this coincided with our decision to quit smoking and I needed something to fill the void.

I’ve been in Ireland for almost 9 years now and miss very few things from old London Town. I’d completely forgotten about Reese’s products, but when I spotted them at the sweetie counter, it was like meeting an old lover again and finding out that age has improved him.

Is it the glossy packaging? I really love the design, but that’s not what makes them so attractive to me. Over the last few years I’ve developed a taste for a kind of alternate sweet/salty mix. I’d got to the point where I couldn’t eat a chocolate bar without a packet of Walkers cheese and onion as a chaser and vice versa (my infatuation with Tayto has long been a thing of the past).

Reese’s have both, chocolateyness and saltiness in the one product and in the perfect balance for me. For a while I convinced myself that Reese’s are healthier for me based on the “why shovel two products down your cake-hole when you can just have one?” principle.  Now it’s turned into something else. There are two Reese’s products in Sweeney’s and I love them both and I can never make my mind up which to eat. It seems so much fairer to just have them both and that way madness lies.

Oh baby!

Oh baby!