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Snippets From A Day in Dundrum, Dublin Ireland December 3, 2009

Excerpts from my diary for a night and day in early December:

  Moonlight, evening of December 2

  approx. 8:30 a.m., a view of the full moon in the western sky, as daylight comes, December 3 – the moon is that white circle seen through the upper branches of the tree

an email informs me that our belongings are well on their way to Seattle on the SS Rotterdam, due in Seattle on January 4th

10:15 a.m. – a man arrives to fit a carpet, just as I am going off to my final Irish class for this term.  Husband Ian left in charge.  On the way to my class I discover that my handwoven curtains are now buried in a skip.

  a stop for coffee at Starbucks in the Dundrum Town Centre.  I think about my curtains.

Irish class as enjoyable as ever

  Lunch at Harvey Nichols in the Dundrum Town Centre

a bit of shopping

and a walk to Airfield in the mid-afternoon to see how the piglets are doing

  Mama sow having a drink of water

the 10 five day old piglets are doing fine

 and two new goats have moved in next door to the piglets

a bit of Christmas shopping in the shop at Airfield and then coffee and tea with friends  – including 4 year old Alannah who was uneasy about seeing the piglets – Mama sow’s snorts were a bit frightening!

evening – knitting and the latest episode of Ros na Rún – a long running Irish soap


Collecting Postcards September 13, 2009

Filed under: Goats,Lawn bowling,Norway,Photography,Postage stamps,Postcards — Janet @ 7:03 pm

Deltiology again – I haven’t blogged about my postcard collection for a long time.  Well, today was Book Fair Day and not only did I buy and sell books (more buying than selling in good book dealer tradition) but I also bought some postcards.  My postcard collection is a bit eclectic to say the least.  I like postcards for the artwork.  I like postcards that remind me of the time when tinted postcards were popular.  I like postcards that remind me of places I have been.  I like postcards that have interesting stamps.  I like postcards that are old.  I like postcards that tell something about social history.  Etc. etc.


Today I bought 3 postcards.

Girl milking a goat in Norway 1905  Girl milking a goat in Norway.  Date 1905 approx.  I like postcards of animals – and this one make me think of a blog I read about raising goats in Devon.  I like old postcards.  As a rule, I like all things Scandinavian. 


Hardanger 1905  Hardanger, Norway  Postmark Bergen 1905.  A lovely stamp on this card written July 12th.  It is a tinted card.  The Hardanger Fjord was where I cycled, hiked, and stayed at the Youth Hostel in 1959.  I am reminded that it seemed to me that we had the same buffet meal 3 times a day. 

The Bell Bowling Green in Tewsbury  The Bell Bowling Green, Tewsbury.  Old postcards of bowling greens are rare – this is my first one.  Readers of this blog will know why I bought this postcard.


Goats March 2, 2008

Filed under: Goats — Janet @ 7:20 pm

On her farm in Devon, Lesley has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of baby angora goats.  Well, much to my surprise, not a baby goat, but a full grown goat jumped across the road in front of us as we were driving along our well travelled route from Enniskerry to Dundrum (Dublin, Ireland).  It has been many years since I have seen goats in this area.  And even then, the goats were not near the road – they were perched way up high on the rocks overlooking the road. 

goat-photo-cropped.jpg not a very good photo but there is the wild Enniskerry goat