Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Tidings!

Hellebores ,still a little short on height but looking lovely from my kitchen window, and just spotted the ladybird now!
Day Lilies greening up!

Monkshood sprouting nicely.
Heavenly Hellebores! I always cut off the green leaves once the flowers emerge,they seem to look better without them too.
Daffs. all in a row!
These I posted on the blog a few weeks ago and now they are so much better!
And now for something completely different.............and spectacular! I do not normally involve my family in my blog blatherings but drumroll daughter has just published her first book!
As you can see the title is Mousetrapped and is an account of her experience when working abroad in Florida,disneyworld to be exact! It is an entertaining story of how she travelled all alone,knowing no one to Florida with a job secured at a hotel in the Disney complex,leaving a neurotic Mother behind in the process! Catherine,my eldest has always wanted to write a bestseller and with a novel completed and with her agent at the moment we are keeping our fingers crossed! This one went the self publishing route and is for sale with so if you would like to read more.............well you know what you gotta do!

Back cover!
Last weekend dawned lovely and sunny here in Cork,so on Sunday we took a drive to Tramore,Co Waterford a two and a half hour drive approx. Imagine our surprise when we came close to the seafront to be confronted with a sea fog so thick you could not see out to sea,and the cold was no fun either!We left the blue sky and sunshine behind us in Cork.After a quick walkabout we retreated to a local restaurant,Mistys,cheap and cheerful and a favourite since many years ago,and enjoyed a light meal before heading home.It rained on the journey back even to Cork itself.Next time we will head West!
You can see from this photo how dense the sea fog was!
The horizon is not visible with the sea fog,no blue sky here!
Lots of people strolling along the promenade,the fog is descending fast here and it was so cold!

Not Disneyland but the teacups and saucers ride in the amusement park in Tramore, Co.Waterford.Well you could close your eyes and dream I suppose!


  1. I like the new look of the blog!You should have come out to the plot, it was a lovely sunny afternoon no long driving.Your garden is really greening up and I am waiting for the virtual launch on Monday to purchase the book, it look great from the photos.

  2. Oh Dear not everything in Waterford is worth travelling two and a half hours for - mind you I loved Tramore as a kid and my kids loved it too and dear daughter now 14 is a bit too cool for it but at a push would go on all the rides. But the fog is too bad - now Lismore would be well worth a trip and it only an hour from Cork! The gardens are starting to bloom now in the Castle - magnolia and camellia showing their colours. Well done to your daughter for her published book, self or not it's great to have done it and best of luck to her with the rest. will look out for this one.

  3. Hi Kathleen,
    We have no flowers yet..I did buy a few flats of pansy and viola as I am flower and color deprived and I want to plant some pots for Easter.
    All the gkids will be here, so I am hoping for good weather for the egg hunt. Do you do that in Ireland.
    I remember being in Disney one year for Easter. They hid chocolate eggs. It was about 90 degrees and they all melted!
    Congrats on your dau's wonderful!
    I will look for it..Love the title!
    A blessed Easter to you!

  4. Kathleen, yes we do the easter egg hunt here in Ireland,I do it for the past few years with the two children I mind aged 8 and 12 now. I hide the eggs around the shrubs in the back garden and great fun is had by them seeing who gets the most!Large scale egg hunts are held in various community groups too.Happy Easter to you and yours!

  5. Peggy and Catherine (killing two birds with one stone here)!
    Thanks for the comments, points taken!!!

  6. Congratulations to your daughter, the book looks most interesting, and I'm sure is an amusing tale.
    My Hellebores are doing well this year, and like you I always take off the old leaves. I am especially pleased with a double one!

  7. Congratulations to your Daughter on her book. I went to amazon to check about it and saw her pictures. She is very beautiful. I hope she has great success on it.


  8. Elizabethd and Willow, thanks for your kind comments!


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