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R.I.P. Shaun the Bichon

1 Oct

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now — it’s been two months since my four-legged friend, Shaun, passed away.  Tilly and I lived with Shaun and his people for a year so he was near and dear to my heart (and he totally had the hots for Tilly). 


He passed on while I was away this summer so I didn’t get to say a proper goodbye so I thought I’d do so here with a few photos of Shaun from our trip to “Norn Iron” back in July. As you can see, he was never far from Miss Tilly. 

Hooray for Ouray

17 Sep

I’m still catching up on things that I saw or did over my summer vacation that I wanted to share on the blog.  One of the places where I went with my friends, the Childers, was Ouray (pronounced “you-ray”).  These are not great pics — just some quick ones taken with my phone but I wanted to share them because it was such a beautiful, blue-skied day and it’s like a little town still lost in 1849.  

We spent a couple of hours at the Hot Springs Pool and we “filled in the cracks” after lunch at Mouse’s Chocolates where I had the most delicious chai tea milkshake and a chocolate truffle (or two).

There was a cute little rusted Stop Sign hung in the “loo” at the restaurant where we had lunch. I just had to snap a quick shot.

Creative Herb Gardening

15 Sep

Okay, last post from Electric Picnic but I thought this little garden was adorable.  I’m not entirely positive but I think the objective was to promote the GIY movement.  At any rate, it was cute and made me want to go find an old wheel barrel or maybe a kids’ bed to load up with herbs. 

Get your kicks at age 66

14 Sep

Clodagh turned 66 on Sunday which is partly why her four daughters, son-in-law and I headed out to Electric Picnic — her idea, by the way — and a great idea, just not one you’d expect from a 66-year-old.  But Clodagh’s not your average 66-year-old.  She’s pretty hip and has more energy than most people 20 years younger.  Good on ya’, Clodagh.

Here are a couple of pics of Clodagh and the gang on Clodagh’s birthday at “the picnic”. 

I love this kid

13 Sep

But seriously, how could you not?  This is Casper at Electric Picnic.  He’s such a good festival baby.  He’s been to quite a few (the family friendly ones) and he’s a natural.  







As mentioned before, he’s my housemate for a couple of months and he’s a good housemate, too – he loves my dog and says  “Niiiice” to her as he (somewhat) strokes her gently; he enjoys giving her the food he’s supposed to eat; he generously gives kisses and hugs before going “night night” — I could get used to this! 

Just thought I’d share a few photos of Casper from our day out at Electric Picnic. I love, love, love the fact that Casper and his cousin, Mia, were trying to takeover the stage during our friend, Erin Fornoff’s poetry reading at the Brownbread Mixtape performance.  Hilarious. 

Bunting at Electric Picnic

12 Sep

Bunting is just another one of those things that I always seem to feature and write about here — it’s just so cute, no?  Well, apparently, a lot of the folks behind Electric Picnic agree because many of the tents and stalls featured bunting.  The crushed can bunting is very clever.  Again, great inspiration for an outdoor party, event or wedding!  Here’s a few shots. 

The Wishing Tree at Electric Picnic

10 Sep

I was very taken with this “Wishing Tree” at Electric Picnic.  I was reading a bit online and this custom of adding wishes or coins to a tree has been around for centuries.  I’ve seen mentioned things like this before but I thought this one was particularly beautiful and had some funny, nice and sad sentiments — I guess that’s just a sign of the times.  I love the honesty of the wish that says, “I wish for lust not love.” Fair enough.

And my heart aches for the woman who wrote that she wishes for her “autistic grandchild Jude to speak soon.”

I think this Christmas, instead of a Christmas tree, I’d like to have a Wishing Tree…

The Design of Electric Picnic

8 Sep

I want to highlight some very fun and inspiring things I saw over the weekend at Electric Picnic.  Electric Picnic is Ireland’s version of Glastonbury — a weekend music and arts festival.  My friends have been trying to get me to go for years and now that I’ve gone, I can totally see why.  It’s right up my alley — very arty, very design-y, great music and some incredible food (I was really into the cakepops! Which will definitely be the subject of a future post!). 

I only went in for the day versus the entire weekend but I still managed to take 300 photos  — edited down to about 200 and now I need a few days here on the blog to share just a few.  There was so much eye candy between the scenery, the people and the stall and tent designs. 

My friend, Kalle, was performing in The Word venue with his increasingly popular spoken word, music and comedy show, The Brownbread Mixtape, so a lot of my gang were there making the day extra special. 

Sidenote – I kept thinking as I was walking around looking at all the designs that there were some great ideas for anyone planning a big outdoor party, wedding or even set design – I especially love the umbrellas and lightbulbs (as raindrops) hanging from the tree and also the old scalloped lampshades in clusters  – clever. 

The predominate design approach was to incorporate something ordinary in an unexpected way — whether that’s umbrellas and lampshades, printed circuit boards, beer cans or retired washers and dryers. 


Kilruddery House & Gardens

4 Sep

I’ve been to a lot of mansion houses in Ireland (being the penultimate tourist that I am) but Kilruddery House is now topping the list of favorites. I went there the other night for an event and couldn’t stop snapping pics. 

The formal gardens were created in the 17th century and apparently,  are one of the few surviving gardens like it in Europe.  The site also has a beautifully restored Orangery modeled on London’s Crystal Palace which houses a collection of Italian marble statues. 

The house was also the site of a number of well-known films including “Far and Away” (for the record, Tom Cruise has the world’s worst Irish accent) and “The Count of Monty Cristo”. 

And finally…the Denver Zoo

21 Aug

I thought about including the photos from the Denver Zoo in my recent “Critters” post but then I thought someone might skim the post and think that elephants are running amok in the Rocky Mountains.  On our drive down from Estes Park to Trout Lake, we decided to stop off at the Denver Zoo on a very HOT Sunday afternoon and check out the creatures there.  It was a whirlwind visit and midday on a hot day isn’t the best time to catch lively and engaged animals but we enjoyed our visit nonetheless.  One of my favorite creatures was the baby Orangutan – he was hard to capture with the camera so pardon the fuzziness of the photo.