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

Saturday, January 5, 2013

One more lie-in, then it starts all over again.

So 2013 is here and tonight is the 5th of January, already, can you believe it!
There is only one more lie-in tomorrow morning before we all go back to school and work on Monday 7th, and so tomorrow is to be treasured. (Husband has been back at work since last Wednesday, poor man, struggling to work in the morning while we all lie on and sleep till 10am!)
We have taken down the Christmas decorations, my eldest daughter did that yesterday with the help of young son. We could probably have left the decorations up until tomorrow afternoon, as tomorrow is the end of Christmas in Ireland, it is the Epiphany tomorrow. But I love to clear the stuff out of the living room and get a few days of living in clear space without trees and lights etc before I go back to work.
I wanted to add photos to this blog, but I haven't succeeded since I changed to the new Blogger layout, this is frustrating me a little bit, as I really enjoy looking at other people's photos in their blogs. I feel that my blog has too many words at present and not enough pictures. I will have to give the photo-loading instructions another go, maybe I will get it the next time. Although I don't think I can't try it tonight, as there are daughters waiting for their turn on the laptop, my laptop, as I remind them.
Today I saw for the first time this year  some new cars registered this year. In Ireland you know what year cars are registered by the first numbers in their reigstration plate. Last year cars had 12 as their first digits. This year there's a slight change, it will be 131 for cars registered in first 6 months of 2013 and then 132 for cars in second half of 2013. Rumour has it that this is to avoid a slump in car sales, which might have happened if superstitious people refused to buy a car with 13 in the reg.
Today I saw this reg: 131 D 1331. D stands for Dublin. That's an impressive number plate!
Wishing you all the best for the new year!


  1. Hi Liz,

    I go back to work this week too after a break that started on 1 Dec! I feel your pain. Take it as easy as you can and ease back into it...

    Cheers! Lou & Andrew

    1. I hope you got on ok, back at work, somehow I think it would have been harder for you than for me, all that lovely travel you did in December, it's much harder to go back to work after that, than it would be for me to just raise myself from my torpor and get myself down to the other end of the parish!
      Thanks for popping by in here, your travel blog looks great and is a great read, maybe we'll get to do something like that too in the future!
      Eliz and M

  2. Never knew that about Irish numberplates, thank for this funfact on Sunday morning!
    I love it when the christmastree is gone, it feels like you have a huge livingroom.

    Well, have a good Sunday.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      yes agreed, it is great to have the Christmas stuff gone and to be back to the bare essentials.
      I like January for that reason, new fresh start, out with the old, in with the new....!
      Happy New Year to you!

  3. Like Hubby I have been back since Weds. 2nd, but like you I feel real work starts tomorrow 7th -when the phones are hopping +everyone else is back - all the bosses are back(refreshed+raring to go!) and last but not least:all the schools and colleges are back and it takes me 35 minutes to get to work instead of 10! Happy New year from Kerry to all there

    1. oooh, shudder, bosses refreshed and raring to go, always a dangerous thing....
      well, I'm back and it's only 5 weeks now to my next break, and time will go very fast, and mid-term will be here before we know it.
      Hope you had a good Christmas, A, and hope all well now in Kerry, got your card, but heathen that I am, I send only one card, to an 89yr-old relative, I do not send any other cards, desperate, I know, but what can you do! Lost cause here...
      Hope the commute wasn't too bad this week,
      I must stir outside the County and meet ye this year!

  4. Happy New Year! I hope your transition back to work isn't too difficult, and that it actually feels sort of nice to be back into a routine. Christmas holidays always seem to go by too quickly though. That was interesting about the license plates. It's a very different system than we have here in Canada.

    1. Hi Kristie,
      I survived the transition back to work, hard to peel myself from the bed in the mornings, I will admit, but otherwise the return of routine is not a bad thing, and the sense of purpose and achievement I get from work is a lot better for me than the hopeless attempts to keep the house clean during a holiday break with my children around under my feet all day.
      I prefer having stuff to do than having nothing to do and all day to do it. I get nothing done in that situation. Contradictory maybe, but it is the conclusion I come to every holiday.
      Anyway Happy New Year to you and yours too!