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A Visual Taste

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and how true. Often it takes days if not weeks for me to scribble out a coherent, completed thought in my … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

In The Big Smoke But Dreaming of Green

In the Big Smoke (London), existing on the necessities performed in the ” today” so that i may enjoy the “tomorrows”. I find my sense of creative-self choked by the … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 8 Comments

A Pedal Through Yesteryear

It was a gray, misty day which only made the fields look more green, as if that were even possible here. The air had a faint sweetness of spring blooms, … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Dry Day In Ireland a.k.a “No Pints Friday”

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Stoney Hills, Thatched Roofs and Peat Fires

The west of Ireland possess a serene yet melancholy beauty that can engross every sense of ones self. A journey across this country’s midland takes you from the rolling green … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

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The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom’s…

December 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

More than just Guinness & Cabbage….

The bulk of this journey I have found myself in Ireland. Perhaps it was the comfort I took in familiar views, Ireland reminding me of the hills of home.  Perhaps … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · 5 Comments

Tractor Pilates and Milking Maid Duties

Off  the grid and on the farm is where I can be found as of late. Exiting what turned out to be an unsavory work stay that had brought me … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Easter Flame or “No Pints” Friday In Ireland

It’s Easter Holy Week in Ireland, and being immersed among a deeper see of Catholics than almost anywhere besides Vatican City, i’m intrigued at the faith and traditions that move … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

No Better Place To Be For St. Paddy’s Day!

Being in and out of Ireland over the past few months, I’ve really grown comfortable in this familiar but foreign land, due mostly in part to the warm folks that … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 8 Comments

A Sip Back In Time

Wandering the streets of Dingle Ireland, I happened upon a shop window reminiscent of an antique/junk shop in America, upon entry I was pleasantly surprised to find a pub. An … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Visiting With A Master

You never know where one conversation might lead you. This one lead me to the beauty found and the legacy being built from the art of Irish Crystal. I arrived … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Dingle for a Day…Not Long Enough!

The scenic beauty of Kerry Co. Ireland presented its lovely welcome just on the other side of Tralee,  where the wetlands stretched out into the bay and the Slieve Mish … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 8 Comments

A Day At the Farm…Dinner Inspired!

A sunny day in Ireland, so I took full advantage and wandered a wee road trip out to the very small hill top village of Ardcath to see a man … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Taste of the Wild Side

One of the many reasons I decided to revisit Ireland this month was to attend the annual Game Night Dinner at Dolly Mitchell’s Pub, and was it ever a night … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 8 Comments

Goatskins, A Martyr & Homemade Pizza… Ingredients For Love

Every conceivable cliche’ of love known to civilization is at it’s maximum use potential today, as love and admiration become a tangible commodity.  I could ramble on about the gross … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 11 Comments

Brown Bread on The Hill

One of the wonderful friends I’ve met while here in Slane is Eamon. A tall, strapping, football loving Irishman, who’s family has lived on the Hill of Slane in the … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Waking the Senses in Carlingford Ireland

Despite the short, cloudy days – Ireland this winter is wonderfully mild and perfect for outdoor exploring. Yesterday I was treated to a road trip compliments of my pal Freddie, … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

Enchanting Fore Abbey

Venturing the back roads on a rainy, windy day I traveled to Fore Ireland. Home to an enchanting Benedictine Abbey site with a scenic and mysterious bog like location, various … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stoneing, Fox Hunting, & Hot Whisky Does a Holiday Make!

The day after Christmas back home in Missouri includes waking up to a house strewn about with new toys, spending the day indulging on Mom’s Christmas dinner leftovers, and 60% … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Loughcrew Megalithic Site…Amazing!

(A bit longer post than usual, but worth the read and definitely worth a visit if you wander to Ireland…. For you non-readers lots of pics and video at the … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 8 Comments

For Meat Lovers ONLY….Vegans Be Wary

Being raised in a house full of hunters, dating a few riflemen and cowboys – I’ve eaten my fair share of woodland bounty. Never being a big fan of game … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mr. MaCabe and His Fresh Veg

The Irish historically have been a people to develop and perfect skills of  life unlike most other cultures of early existence. The Celts were navigating the earth and building sacred … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Last Weeks Deliciousness

Last week as I was enjoying my pants being a size smaller i found myself indulging on some of Ireland’s most delicious and sometimes not-so-healthy foods. Here is a quick … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

Rugby a Short History …OR… You Did What?? (My Mother Is Not Gonna Like This One)

One of the most grueling pastimes around, Rugby is a sport of constant battle, skillful footing, strength, wit and endurance. Bruises, cuts, sprains and breaks are all part of this … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

Shepard’s Pie….A Poor Man’s Dish, That Everyman Loves

The Shepard’s Pie is a loved dish throughout Ireland and across the British Isle. It’s origins stemming from the Middle Ages when minced meat pies were in favor.  Most likely … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Peter & The Whole Hogg Farm

Sourcing tradition and quality when it comes to food is a very easy task when in Meath County Ireland! Meet Peter Whelan, of The Whole Hogg Farm, located near Slane … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

A wee Irish Tune

It doesn’t take too many pints or “pleases to get an Irishman singing, and I’m finding that pretty much all Irishmen can sing beautifully!! After our visit with artisan butcher … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 6 Comments

On the road to Drogheda…

November 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

Hill of Slane

Here, pilgrim, stop; rest on yonder monumental slab, beneath the shadow of that tall, ivy-mantled tower, the belfry of the cathedral….it once was gorgeous with the shrines of Fathers, and … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

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