When the weather is nice this country really can look absolutely glorious. In this kind of weather the moniker "sunny south east" is fairly accurate! So far this weekend has been absolutely lovely and the countryside has been looking picture postcard perfect! Athy is picturesque no matter what the weather, but when it's a sunny day the castle and the river look so … [Read more...] about Finally Some Decent Weather
Getting the irrigation in the greenhouse sorted has been revolutionary. I was away for about a week in Berlin and Krakow and when I came back the plants in the greenhouse hadn't died. I might even need to water them less! So with that aspect of the greenhouse's management sorted out... Unfortunately some of the seedlings I'd been growing inside the house didn't take too … [Read more...] about Greenhouse Planting Progress
I've been lucky enough to be able to get to multiple concerts over the last few months. I decided a while back that I was going to prioritise personal activities over work ones. Sure, I still love what I do, but I've lost the appetite for bouncing around the place from city to city and conference to conference. I'll still do it, but I'm going to be a lot more selective … [Read more...] about Live Music Overload!
Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring and tickets are hard to come by, as well as being anything but cheap. I remember seeing them live in Milan back in 2002 or maybe 2003. I've no idea how much the tickets were, but I recall that we had a great evening, but that the show was definitely not sold out. Here they are playing "Give it Away" on Howard Stern's show a … [Read more...] about Give it Away Live
There are clear cultural differences between the US and Ireland. There are things that we say and do in Ireland that Americans find confusing, but they also confuse and annoy us with their optimism. I am saying this sort of "tongue in cheek", but not entirely. Tommy Tiernan sums it up nicely: Of course a lot of people just have me down as being grouchy! … [Read more...] about Americans’ Optimism can be Offensive