A blog by an Irishwoman, written in both English and Swedish, depending on what humour is on me....
En blogg av en irländska, skriven på svenska och engelska.
Just scroll down to find the English bits among the Swedish, or vice versa.

Ta Gaeilge agam freisin, más é an rud é go bhfuil éinne eile le Gaeilge ag léamh mo bhlagsa.

Ich verstehe auch ein bisschen Deutsch, je parle un petit peu francais och klarar av lite norska med.

Wondering about the background of the blog? They're the Cliffs of Moher, in the neighbouring county, County Clare, 8km long, 700m high, and magnificent. Well worth a visit if anyone is around the West of Ireland

Thursday, June 10, 2010

taking a break...

Hello all, it's almost 6 months since i started blogging. Not a long time but long enough to have dipped my toe in the water and to begin to get a feel for the whole enterprise.
It has been very interesting to get to meet and know you all, it has been a great journey.
However, I feel that the time has come for a break for me from blogging. Having the time and energy to write and add the photos is one issue, as is the growing 'addiction' to the whole checking the blog thing, and living my life at one remove from reality.
Is it really important how many visitors the blog has had, or if any new flags have appeared on the Feedjit thingummy , (these are the questions I'm asking myself.)
For now, I can honestly say that I will miss being a part of the online blogging community, but I feel I need to give myself and my kids that time back and I need to see if I can live happily for the next 6 months without blogging....

Hej på er allihopa,
det har varit intressant och givande, det har varit roligt att lära känna er, men nu känner jag att jag vill ta en paus i bloggandet, och jag kanske kommer att radera hela bloggen. Vi kanske ses igen nån annanstans, nån annan gång, jag kanske kikar in hos er av och till, men just nu är det dags för Au Revoir...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

wildflowers, vildblommor

Fläderblom, Elderflower, Sambucus nigra

I was up early this morning, at 7am (yes you heard that right, 7am on a Sunday morning of a bank holiday weekend!) The eldest daughter who turned 15 yesterday, had to be at a training session for camogie at a place about 30 miles away (about 48km) and training started at 8.45am. So early rise this morn, but the reward for me was an hour long walk down country roads, in the beautiful morning air, just birds singing and me taking photos of wildflowers along the way. I used my camera, so not sure of the quality.
Here's a few...

Ovan: Ox eye daisy, prästkrage, Leucanthemum vulgare

Ovan: Meadow vetchling, Gulvial, Lathyrus pratensis

ovan: BirdsFoot Trefoil, Käringtand, Lotus Corniculatus, tror jag

Senare så såg jag de här växa vid vägens kant. Jag stannade till och tog en bild. De kallas för Ragged Robin, och de verka vara sällsynta, så jag blev så glad att se dem i år.

Lychnis flos-cuculi, also known as Ragged Robin, på svenska Gökblomstret (Silene flos-cuculi).

För att fastställa namnen på blommorna har jag dessa två böcker till hjälp...

Jag har börjat att sticka en kofta, så här ser det ut. Jag stickar fram och tillbaks med runtnål, det är så smidigt, man tappar aldrig ett nål!

Jag lånade en bra bok på bibblan, boken ovan, den innehåller mönster för t.ex. en vanlig kofta med flera olika typer av garn så man behöver inte leta efter olika mönster. Jag får hålla tummarna, att det fungerar för mig...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

a school tour, en utflykt...

Today I took 23 children, aged roughly 7 years old, to the Hunt Museum in Limeriick and then on to a children's play centre, called Delta Adventure Centre.
The museum is not based on hunting, but on the combined donated collection of the Hunt family. It is based in the old Custom's House in Limerick, right by the river. It was a wonderful day, the setting was lovely and the museum was very interesting. I really must take my own children there some day soon.
Delta had lots of activities for the children including Bungee trampolines, climbing walls and a giant Pirate play ship.
We were all wrecked by the time we got back, tired, but happy...
let's see if I can find a few pictures for ye from the net...

This is a photo of the museum from the water, taken at night. The house faces the water, so it's more imposing side is towards the water.

This is the back if the house, which faces the street and this is the entrance for the public.

We saw these crucifixes and were told that the one on the right belonged to Mary queen of Scots.

This alabaster vase was so gorgeous, it's Egyptian and very old. We were told that John Hunt and his wife used to use some of the items which later became the collection in this museum - this vase was used by Gertrude Hunt for her cut flowers!

Delta Adventure Centre - lots for children and we were the only school group there so we had it practically to ourselves for a couple of hours...

God natt, vi har en extra dag ledig imorgon, nu gäller det att gå å lägga mig så att jag får nåt vettigt gjort imorgon!