New beginnings

Today is a beautiful spring day, the sun is shining and there is so much growth everywhere. Yet many are mourning for a much loved and admired friend. It seems fitting that the sun should come out on the day we are all saying goodbye for he shone brighter than most in his short life.

Spring always feels like a new beginning. I hope this is a happy new beginning for you too Cian. xx

The Lake of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.


National Library of Ireland – what’s on @NLIreland

There are hidden gems in every city and one of my favourites in Dublin is the National Library of Ireland on Kildare street. Last summer I attended a few of their evening talks there which were free and open to all with no booking required. Some of the highlights of these talks was listening to Mark O’Halloran talk about his work on Adam & Paul, Garage and his theatre work. Anjelica Huston also gave a great talk about her relationship with Yeats’ work with broadcaster John Kelly.

A new exhibition is opening tomorrow called Particles of the Past. To celebrate Dublin City of Science 2012, Particles of the Past will showcase a selection of science-related gems. From 17th century home remedies to early archaeological drawings to Captain Cook’s journal, this exhibition promises to awaken your inner Einstein.

They will be running evening talks in conjunction with this of science and medical related topics and have an Open Day on Sunday 11th March from 1-5pm.

If you are just interested in dropping in and having a look around this beautiful building general free tours are run every Saturday at 2.30 with no booking required.

Short but sweet – The Porcelain Unicorn

This has been a week for films with the Oscars last night and the end of the Dublin Film Festival yesterday. There are lots of good movies out there but sometimes you come across a short piece which makes you realise that a little can be a lot.

I came across just this some time ago but think it’s definitely worth a post again. In 2010, the director/producer Ridley Scott launched a global filmmaker competition dubbed Tell It Your Way following its Cannes Lions award-winning short-film project Parallel Lines.

The entrants were given freedom of expression and could take up any theme they wanted; still there were two strict rules: there had to be the exactly six-lines of dialogue as it was in the Parallel Lines films, plus the entries could be no longer than three minutes.

Here’s the prize-winning entry in the Tell It Your Way competition called The Porcelain Unicorn, an amazing achievement in three mins which you can watch here.

The Reading Room @PivotDublin


I just love this idea!! As you know I am a book nerd so when I heard about this from my friend the rather excellent designer @miababino I had to check it out.

Pivot Dublin states that its aim is to celebrate design’s positive impact on our lives. It originally started out as Dublin’s bid to be designated World Design Capital 2014 which entailed putting together a comprehensive survey of the creative design work going on the city today.

Now they’re working on a new exhibition in Filmbase, Temple Bar, Re Think + Re Act, which will run from the 1st to the 8th March and will showcase all the great and often hidden creative work and design in Dublin. Throughout the week from 9-5 there are free discussions on various topics. For one of these exhibitions called The Reading Room they are calling on members of the public to lend them their favourite book. Your book will then be on display for the duration of the exhibition alongside a host of other selections.

Books can be dropped off, posted or couriered for the attention of Bob in Red&Grey Design, 32 Lennox Street, Portobello, Dublin 8. The exhibition will have invigilators for the week to mind the books. If you would like to lend your book please contact Bob

Now the only question remains what book to choose……Graham Greene perhaps? If you have any ideas let me know!

Summer chic – get the look for less

Summer chic - get the look
Talk about simple – a black dress, heels and I love the satchel. Just a really nice paired back look and who said black couldn’t be worn in summer!

H M zipper dress
£13 –

Zara heeled sandals
$90 –

Cambridge Satchel Company satchel bag
£100 –

Mango bracelet
£15 –

Red Herring plastic sunglasses
£10 –

H M genuine leather belt
£7.99 –

River Island bracelet
$18 –

My Forbidden Fruit picks @ForbiddenFFest

The Forbidden Fruit Festival taking place over the June bank holiday weekend in KIlmainham, Dublin has released its line-up. As you can see above some great acts on the bill, for me Sunday is by far the strongest.

A really nice mix there of New Order, Death Cab for Cutie, The Rapture, Rarely Seen Above Ground and Modeselektor among others.

Early bird tickets are on sale now : Day Tickets: €45 / Two Day Tickets: €85 / Weekend Tickets: €110

Looks like a good option if you plan on being around the city for the long weekend!

Pancake Tuesday – recipe and filling ideas #pancaketuesday

Mmm I love pancakes and today is the one day of the year when you can guilt free eat as many pancakes as you can!! Here is an easy pancake recipe which is so simple that the hardest decision will be what toppings you choose to put on top….my top three are The Classic (lemon & sugar), The Savoury (ham, melted cheese and onions) or The Sweet (nutella and bananas) – I think they will be my starter, main and dessert later 🙂

I’d love to hear yours!

Serves Makes approx. 12 pancakes

Pancake Mixture:

  • 100g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 tablsp. melted butter or sunflower oil

To Cook


Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk. Gradually draw the flour into the liquid by stirring all the time with a wooden spoon until all the flour has been incorporated and then beat well to make a smooth batter. Stir in the remaining milk. Alternatively, beat all the ingredients together for 1 minute in a blender or food processor. Leave to stand for about 30 minutes, stir again before using.

To make the pancakes, heat a small heavy-based frying until very hot and then turn the heat down to medium. Lightly grease with oil and then ladle in enough batter to coat the base of the pan thinly (about 2 tablsp.), tilting the pan so the mixture spreads evenly. Cook over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes or until the batter looks dry on the top and begins to brown at the edges. Flip the pancake over with a palette knife or fish slice and cook the second side.