I'm Baaaack

Apr. 5th, 2017 09:01 am
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We shall at least see if this journaling gig starts picking up again. I'll try to check my feed regularly for a bit to see if I can get back in the swing.
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The current controversy about requiring id cards to vote in America has me thinking a bit. On the one hand I think its quite reasonable to expect someone to show proper ID when casting a vote on the other I see the problems that many people have quoted. Why are so few people talking about enabling those without ID's to get them. It seems like a basic right when so many things require ID nowadays. Why did the States trying to implement these laws not engage in a vigorous programme to raise first awareness and also to assist people in procuring the documentation before making them mandatory? I think the reasons do lie in and undercurrent of putting up barriers for the poor to be able to vote. What I don't understand is why there wasn't an outcry for these kinds of programmes instead of the big groundswell of "no can do" that occurred. I know I'm late in this conversation but most of the dialogue that I've seen has been on FB and that's really not the idea place for that kind of discussion.
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testing my new Kindle app
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I am a very lucky Mama :-)
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Last Friday I got 4 litres of raw unpasteurised milk, having heroically stopped myself from just drinking the stuff straight (if you have never tried raw milk I recommend it, the store bought stuff tastes like water afterwards though) we made 1ltr of yoghurt and used 2 more litres to make paneer which is an Indian soft cheese used in the cooking from that region. I was reminded on Sunday how little cheese you get out of a lot of milk, financially making your own cheese is really only feasible if you have your own cow or goat or if you are living next to/related to a dairy farmer. It was however enough for the Sag Paneer I made and tasted amazing especially since we have some absolutely gorgeous spinach in the garden right now. I also made some Aloo Gobi as well as fresh Naan bread and we had a lovely diner. The Naan turned out quite well except that next time I will give it less time in the oven as it was a little crisper than I like it. Naan is generally made with Nigella Seeds also known as Black Onion Seeds which gives it a lovely savoury flavour perfect for dipping into the rich veggie dishes I was serving. The next thing on the Indian food list I'm going to try is a spicy Eggplant dish that can be served cold.

The yoghurt by the way turned out very well, I would consider buying the expensive raw milk and hauling it home from Dublin every week just for our yoghurt production, we can go through 1-2 ltrs of the stuff each week. It was incredibly smooth, creamy, rich and tangy without being sharply sour. I wouldn't generally eat our unflavoured home made yoghurt but this one I could definitely go for.

Brian has been making various different country wines and though they are not ready for drinking yet and won't be for a while the colour of the beetroot/parsnip is a rich ruby red, quite attractive just to look at. I wish we had the wherewithal to distil our own hard liquor because I love making fruit liquors, currently I have a jar of rhubarb brandy on the go, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] krkhst. I think I'll give it another month and see how it is then.
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We've been busy over the last few weekends sowing, planting and digging. The polytunnel is now mostly filled with little seedlings including tomatoes, cucumbers, gherkins, peppers and aubergines. Mom has constructed all the trellises needed to support these plants which was a mammoth task just on its own. Our own self sown stuff didn't do so amazingly well, Mom thinks we started them too early but we supplemented what we had with bought seedlings so we are in pretty good shape. The outside beds are mostly planted now too so we are sitting pretty when it comes to the veggie garden. A big success story this year has been the overwintered spinach, it's crunchy green goodness is amazing right now, I made sag paneer with it yesterday and it was just delicious.

The herb garden is maturing nicely everything is settling in and we use it's produce pretty much every day. We had too many pink roses there last year so we've moved two of those and have put in a white (Iceberg) and a red (Alec's Red) rose which seem to be nice and healthy. We've also added another Rose Trellis at the end of the herb garden with a yellow (Queen Margrethe) and a red (Dublin Bay) climbing rose as well as a couple of clematis (President and Lunar Lass). Our herb/rose garden will be nothing if not multi coloured this summer. The miniature daffodils that we put in last autumn were hugely successful we've had blooms in the herb garden since I think the end of February and we look to have another week or so left on the latest ones.

The large bed on the right hand side of the back garden is shaping up as well, I've dug 3 more meters or so and we've fill that in with a selection of roses (the pinks from the herb garden and a couple of others that were in since last year), bulbs, rockrose, valerian, st. john's wort, ornamental quince, grasses, lilacs, anemones, blue lungwort, and various other things. I'll take a picture in the summer which is when it should be filling in properly.

Yesterday, I started digging another herb bed, this one on the other side of the house closer to the veg garden. I was dodging the rain so didn't get it finished but I've cleared about 1/3 - 1/2 of it. I dug up the comfrey that was already in residence, split it and replanted the two largest chunks. We are putting a bean wigwam in the centre (as we don't have any other room for the beans) and other than that it's going to be comfrey, lovage, horseradish and california poppies as well as anything else that we can squeeze in, mostly herbs that are too large for the actual herb garden. If the weather is decent I should be able to finish that next weekend.

The woodland garden is in desperate need of a good clean up but veggies and herbs take precedence to keep your fingers crossed that we get to that soon or the wild strawberries and ground ivy are going to take over.

Kate Stuff

Apr. 23rd, 2012 01:57 pm
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I figured it was time to post some updates, the girl is doing splendidly, growing like a weed, my Mother insists she is starting to see hips but I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet :-)

She loves school even though she has a bit of a git for a teacher. This lady has called us in (sort of like being summoned to the Principals Office) on two separate occasions now. This entails one of us taking at least half a day off work. One would think neither phones nor emails were invented yet. The crux of these meetings is generally that her spelling continues to be creative at times and that she has too much of an imagination for this lady. The last time we were summoned, B went because I just didn't have he patience for it, she very seriously told him how Kate had made up an elaborate story about finding a fairy in a drain and having to take her to hospital. She then asked whether she did "this kind of thing" at home to which my awesome husband replied, Why, yes :-) I'll be glad when she leaves her class in a few months.

We just switched to a new riding stables and had our first lesson there last weekend. It was amazing, this place is a lot more professional and Kate was grinning ear to ear the whole time. [livejournal.com profile] krkhst you would love it.

On the reading front [livejournal.com profile] paradigmslost and Kate are working their way through the Wizard of Oz again, she's been promised the Hobbit after this. I'm reading a lot of Winnie the Witch stories with her, these are small books with 4 stories in each of them and they are hilarious, I would recommend them to any kid around Kate's age. There are also some picture books for younger kids with Winnie and her cat Wilbour in them.

I need a new Kate icon :-)
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It was a pretty quiet weekend with the exception of the fact that Kate's pet rabbit Toffee threw off her mortal coils just in time for Easter. So there were some tears but overall things were mostly mellow. We had our egg hunt, put up our decorations and dutifully threw our red (she wants a different colour next year lol) wishing eggs into the canal. We had a lovely leg of lamb for dinner which for some reason registered as turkey with the girl and I just didn't have the energy to correct her as she was enjoying it. Next year I'm going to put more energy into sourcing some nice hogget.
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DSC_0488 by Bucket o Lia
DSC_0488, a photo by Bucket o Lia on Flickr.

and he lives in Nordmark.

Pile o'logs

Apr. 3rd, 2012 02:52 pm
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Pile o'logs by EvaLiz
Pile o'logs, a photo by EvaLiz on Flickr.

This is one of the untidy corners, click on the picture if you want to see more of what's going on in the garden at this time of year.

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I don't generally watch movies over the holidays.
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We have officially put the garden to bed for the winter, all the dahlia pots are put away in the polytunnel, the winter salads are sown and the cloches are up and just need to be tacked down on one end. We've covered any semi-tender plants in the herb garden with straw and evergreen boughs and every last bulb has been planted. The onion sets are going gangbusters and the garlic is also doing well though the ones we saved from this years crops are behind (I assume they do something to the ones available for purchase that make them sprout quicker).

We took Doodles to the vet on Monday to get his shots and have him wormed and flea treated. Turns out he is a boy though it was a bit difficult to tell as he is apparently a medium haired cat with a double fur coat. The vet took some time digging through all that fluff until he made his pronouncement :-) That evening the poor thing was very out of it, Mom picked up Brian at the bus stop and when they came home he was sitting in the middle of the driveway sort of staring into the distance. Mom got out and we brought him in for a few hours so he wouldn't wander into the road and get run over. The next morning he was right as rain again, in a couple more weeks he gets a booster shot and will be good to go. The vet commented that we had a very handsome and well behaved kitten.

I'm trying to gird my loins for transferring a very big and complex embroidery pattern for a new SCA outfit, *sigh* procrastination thy name is Eva. Kate has the sniffles but otherwise is doing well. She enjoys her swimming and riding lessons and is an active and inquisitive child. For Halloween she dressed up as a cat which freaked out Doodles to no end, he only calmed down after the facepaint and ears had come off, it was quite amusing to see the kitten hissing at the girl both of them quite consternated.


Oct. 5th, 2011 01:44 pm
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Lots of things have been happening lately, Brian's Birthday was on Monday and I think he had a good day. I cheated and picked up some food at Marks & Spencer since I couldn't get time off. I have to say the ready made Bearnaise sauce was lovely as were the steaks and oven chips. Desert was cherry pie with vanilla ice cream.

The garden is starting to wind down for Winter but we are still getting significant produce out of it. We still have Savoy Cabbage, Cucumbers, Salads, French Beans, Parsnips, Leeks, Japanese Radishes (HUGE) in the ground and producing. We have early Onions, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, more Salads and Winter cabbage doing their best to continue feeding us in the future. Soon we will be clearing out the old plants from the poly tunnel, cleaning it up and planting the winter salads and green onions that will be in there over the cold months. We also need to finish clearing out the bed for the garlic and get that in the ground, hopefully the weather will cooperate this weekend cause that's a big earth moving job. In a couple of weeks we should have enough money saved up to get the tree surgeon in which will mean less Leylandii and a big pile of chips which will make our garden paths safe for winter. The herb garden is still going strong but our roses are almost done for the year, they were a real joy.

We are hoping to take possession of a new cat soon, we were supposed to hear from our neighbor yesterday but she didn't call. I'm not sure what kind of cat but I will post pictures once we pick it up. We are also soon going to have a new working drier, the old one gave up the ghost last spring and we are moving out of the season when we can dry our clothes outside. It should be delivered on Friday. It's a big improvement on the old one as we can set it to run at night which will take advantage of the cheaper tariff. If we had the extra €500 lying around I would replace the washing machine too but as it is it still runs so we will hold on to it for a while longer.

Kate has been her usual cheerful self, except for momentary lapses of loss of temper :-) She slammed a door last night and broke one of our toothbrush glasses in the bathroom. She is starting to learn the tin whistle in school and is having a lot of fun with that, she's also going to swimming lessons in Naas and we practically have to use a crowbar to get her out of the pool. She continues to be well ahead on her reading and doing excellently with math, the only thing giving her some problems is her writing but that will come too. In the meantime I'm enjoying her creative spelling though I'm sure her teacher has other opinions (she's a young woman who apparently has a stick up her butt).

Mom and I continue to work off and on restocking my SCA wardrobe, we need to make some frames to mount fabric on for embroidery as we are going to start some more ambitious projects soon and they really need to be stretched on a frame. Currently I have three full outfits to wear so I'm doing quite well. The dress we are working on now probably won't be finished till Yule as we are working on it off and on. I'm looking forward to going up to Belfast in a couple of weeks for the Principality University event of the year.

Last weekend the whole family went to Dublin on Saturday, Kate and Brian went to the Irish Film Institute to see a Buster Keaton Film and Mom and I went to an actual Pagan event held in a Hotel in Dublin every year called Feile Draoichte. We had a lot of fun and I acquired a couple of pieces of jewelry some books and the new Wildwood Tarot.

That's all I can think of right now :-)

Oh really?

Oct. 4th, 2011 08:40 am
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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

New York City. You are most definitely from New York City. Not New Jersey, not Connecticut. If you are from Jersey then you can probably get into New York City in 10 minutes or less.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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I think I'm very lucky and unusual, I don't recall ever being bullied. I was always the tallest girl in class and I think I intimidated that other kids a bit, they knew I wouldn't take any shit. I was never in the popular "in" crowd but I didn't care I had a couple of good friends and that was quite enough for me.
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Norman Grey Wool SketchesPattern piecesMaterialsEmbroidery in progressFinished Neck Facing EmbroideryDetails of the Neck Facing
Facing being pinnedThe dreaded cutting of the neck holeNeck Facing turned downAll the pieces laid outUnderarm GussetSide view
Underarm Gusset AGainUnderarm Gusset FinishedShoulder ViewAlmost finishedCuff EmbroideryFinished Cuff
Finished EmbroideryUnderdress Neck FacingFinished embroidery on neck facingCutting the neck holeGodet on the side of the UnderdressUnderarm gusset

Norman Grey Wool, a set on Flickr.

This weekend we put the final touches on the outfit we have been working on for three weekends. About 70-75 hours of work went into making the full ensemble. I documented the process in this dress diary.

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I've done this 6 times now in my life and not just from city to city but from country to country, the older I get the harder it gets. I'm hoping that soon I can settle for good.

Kate's Room

Jul. 6th, 2011 11:31 am
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Here are the promised pictures of Kate's room makeover.

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