Posts Tagged ‘favourite things’

2013? Bit of an update.

March 11th, 2013 1 comment

I’m ashamed of myself for posting so intermittently here. Twitter and Pinterest are to blame 🙂 Anyway, no need for excuses. I’ve been doing stuff around the house over the last year. Here’s the front hall now.

I fell in love with some fabric and went mad making a curtain and cushions. The fabric pattern and colour just makes me feel happy every time i see it. 🙂

Anyone who has ever visited and seen our front hall dumping ground will notice what a huge difference this is 🙂

That’s Al’s rowing machine.


Good behaviour in the hen house for once!

June 21st, 2010 2 comments


For once, ‘bad mother’ Calypso is looking after her chicks properly! Regular readers will be aware that in previous years she has abandoned her chicks and on some occasions, pecked them and thrown them out of the nest. This has meant that in the past, we’ve had to try and raise the chicks ourselves in a cardboard box in the kitchen. This always causes problems and definitely reduces the chances of survival for the little cuties, especially when it comes to the time we have to re-introduce the chicks to the flock.

This year however, she has behaved beautifully. She has 7 chicks. On the day that she left her nest, she left one chick for dead but it recovered after Al discovered it in time and I kept it nestled in my bra for a couple of hours (yes, really). She accepted the chick back and has been looking after them like a proud mother. In the last few days she has brought them out into the run for the first time and has been demonstrating scratching techniques and other hen-like behaviour. It’s been a joy to watch.

We haven’t even thought about naming the new chicks yet as we have no idea what sex they are… In the past, my eagerness to name them has resulted in hens called Mick and Dave and a cockerel named La Toya! Naming suggestions are welcome.

Here she is leading them into the hen house. The one in the love heart is my special favourite.



I Love Mayo!

April 20th, 2010 1 comment


Yes I really do and just to prove it, today marks the launch of To start with, this is where I’m selling my own original paintings and prints. I plan to sell locally produced art by other artists, photographers and craftspeople. I’ve always been surprised at the lack of locally produced gifts and souvenirs for sale in the area. Many gift shops sell products that have very little in common with the Ireland of today, let alone products actually produced here.

I will personally source products that I consider to be appropriate to sell and add them to the ilovemayo range over time. If you are a Mayo artist, photographer or craftsperson, and would be interested in ilovemayo selling your products for you, please contact me.

In time, I hope to be able to provide the very best of Mayo products in one place. As always, it’s Al who’s done all the hard work on this project so well done Al, he’s made a great job of the site! Hope you like it.


Some paintings

February 4th, 2010 4 comments
The view of Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay from The Mulranny Park Hotel

The view of Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay from The Mulranny Park Hotel

I’ve been painting quite a lot recently. I’ve put 3 new paintings in my online portfolio. There’s the one above, one of Trudi and one of the view from the shore in front of our house. Mounted prints of the picture above will go on sale at the Mulranny Park Hotel in the next few weeks. The original painting is quite large. Full sized digital prints on canvas (Edit: I originally typed ‘giclée prints’ here. It’s the same thing but giclée sounds too pretentious) will also be available for sale there. I’m quite excited about the whole thing.


Still Life (Talking)*

October 12th, 2009 1 comment

HarryKateportfolioI’ve added a new picture to my online portfolio. The picture was painted as a gift to our friends Harry and Kate who we stayed with in France, earlier this year. The items in the picture are all things that have meaning in their house.

By the way, you can read about my professional experience there and download my CV. If you have any work I could do for you, illustration or publishing consultancy, please let me know. I’m a joy to work with!

*It’s the name of a Pat Metheny album! and the only title that came to me.


Magic Monday!

October 12th, 2009 No comments

We’ve uploaded a new version of the site today. List items (except main Lifelist) can now be numbered. Text can be made bold, italicised and turned into a link.
We’ve done lots of testing of the new features but if you have any difficulty or any questions or if there is anything else you would like to see, then please let us know.


RIP Marilyn

August 19th, 2009 8 comments
Marilyn on the day she arrived here 31/03/07

Marilyn on the day she arrived here 31/03/07

Marilyn was found dead this morning. She was by far our prettiest hen and a real lady. We don’t know how old she was, there was no sign of foul (fowl) play, so we imagine it was just old age that got her.


What Bretts have done right.

July 12th, 2009 2 comments

Fantastic. Vogue August arrived today. There was a price sticker on front that was EASY to peel off. In small neat letters it said ‘Jane’. Perfect. I’m very happy. It’s the little things….


What Sweeney’s have done wrong (Part3)…a solution

June 20th, 2009 No comments

Why didn’t I think of it before? I’ve ordered Vogue from Brett’s and asked Olivia not to write on it! I’m a genius!!!!!


What Sweeney’s have done wrong (Part 2)

June 10th, 2009 5 comments

vogueLook at what they’ve done to Julieanne Moore’s neck this month. (for previous problems, see: What Sweeney’s have done wrong).  Trust me, the real thing looks much worse – it’s very hard to write with a biro on a super glossy cover, you can’t help embossing the first 10 pages. There is plenty of space elsewhere as the background is blue sky. Whoever does this seems to hate beautiful women. Why is it always chests and necks?
I plucked up the courage to speak to the manager last week…. “please don’t scribble on the cover of Vogue with a biro”. I could see he thought I was a lunatic. “We’ll take it on board” he said. I think that means…”yeah, whatever” in management speak.
Still, after a shaky couple of weeks when they ran out of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (see: What Sweeney’s have done right. ), they have more in stock so I’m grateful for that. Also, they’re half hidden away so you have to know where to look for them. (I’m not telling).