Thursday, June 23, 2011

Have a look at my New Home!!

My sister and her boyfriend came to visit last weekend. It was so much fun! The evening they arrived, Paul made a lovely dinner and I baked some Sea Salt Caramel Brownies, which were seriously and tastily amazing!! Quite a lot of food was consumed over the weekend, as should always be the case, and a good bit of drink too. And we went fishing! But we didn't catch anything. For my first fishing experience... Well, it wasn't exhilarating but it was fun, in a way. I'll give it another chance later in the summer, perhaps on a warmer and less breezy day.

Anyway... While waiting for Aoife and Jason to arrive, I decided to take some photos of my new home... Which isn't so new anymore, considering I've been here for over a month now!



My French shelf.



This Turkish teapot was a birthday present from Nelly and I love it!


A few little pretties... The beautiful teacup I bought at the flea market in Nancy, interesting boxes that used to be full of tasty Bergamot sweets, the place marker from Will and Ailish's wedding, a cute handmade box that Rachael made me a few years ago and the Chinese calligraphy set that I got in China.


What do you think?! I'm pretty sure I've said this millions of times before, but I'm no designer! I've filled my bedroom with everything I love and with no consideration for clashing colours or clutter. But hey, I like it! And now all my craft stuff is within view (mostly) so I don't have to be putting everything away all the time. Win!

I've been busy. Veeeery busy. And stress, unfortunately, gets me quite easily. When I'm stressed, I get emotional, hurried, scatterbrained. I give up yoga, crafting and happy times to "relax" and sleep more. But really what I'm doing is spending too much time on Google Reader, Twitter and Pinterest, going to bed and obsessing over what needs to be done.

I feel you all need to know this because it happens and I may be missing from this blog when it strikes. There's never anything interesting going on during these stressful times, so I have nothing to blog about and no time to edit photos. But hey, it's not all bad! Being stressed usually means something good is going on in my research, which is actually great!

I am stressed at the moment, but handling it quite well. Right now, I've had a simple pasta dinner, some lovely chocolate and I'm watching Planet Earth from the very start. Again. It's been a good evening and I feel great! I have lots of stuff to do tomorrow, but that's for tomorrow and I can handle it. (:

I'll be in Cardiff next week for a conference with most of my research group. All the PhD students are going and staying in the same place, which should be a nice bonding trip for us! And the Galway Juggling Convention is the weekend after and I'm so excited for it! This will be my third (and last) time organizing the Convention, and hopefully it'll be the biggest. Have you ever been to a Juggling Convention? They're amazing! A big hall full of balls and clubs and poi and diabolos, etc, etc. Props are thrown, balloon sculptures are made, strange things are happening! I'll be sure to guide you through what a Convention is all about after next week. (:

Have a lovely weekend, my dears, and a great week!

x

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's Wedding Season!


Paul's friend, Will, married Ailish on Thursday. Ooh, it was lovely!
The first day was simple and intimate, with under 30 guests (closest family and friends) at the church ceremony and dinner afterwards.


We had dinner in The Lobster Pot in Wexford, on the east coast of Ireland. I haven't had such good seafood in a long time! The mussels were... Oh jeez, words can't describe! And the place settings were adorable!


We had dinner and drinks, and dancing and singing, the evening after in a cute art gallery restaurant space. Again, amazing food was consumed! More friends and family arrived and great chats were had!


There were smiles and laughter all around!

It was so different from Ruth and Ciaran's wedding, but they were both so wonderful and beautiful in their own ways! I feel so lucky to have been invited to two amazing and special events lately!

I hope everyone's weekend is going well. I'm glad to have tomorrow to relax, recuperate and... er... work. At least for a few hours. My deadline is Wednesday!! I'm so excited about this!

xx

Fiona

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Old Crafts: Growing Basil

I enjoy gardening and watching things grow from the tiniest seeds.* However, there’s a lot of planning involved in gardening. And while I am a very organised person, I’m also trying to cut down on planning every tiny aspect of my life. Paired with the fact that I didn’t know where I’d be living right now a few months ago, I had originally decided not to plant anything this summer. Except these French Beans, which came in a pot and all I had to do was push the seeds in and water. Easy! I have two seedlings now and I’m excited to see what the beans will turn out like!

Dwarf French Bean Seedlings 7

Dwarf French Bean Seedlings Collage

That all being said, I got the urge this weekend. The urge to have fresh Basil and Spring Onions growing on my windowsill. I know nothing about sowing Spring Onions, nothing at all! I don’t even know if they’ll grow this late in the year… But that’s sort of the fun of it! This is a bit of an experiment, really. And if I manage to get some seedlings, I promise I’ll read up on how to care for Spring Onions and be good to them. Basil, however, I know a few things about. Last year, I sowed the seeds early in April though, so again, we’ll see if I get seedlings this late in the year.

I was so proud of my Basil growing abilities last year! It was such a pleasure to pick the leaves right off the plants and throw them into a tomato or cream sauce or make pesto. I grew nine plants, which ended up being much too much Basil to consume. And one thing I definitely failed at was preserving the leaves. So for this Old Craft, I’m showing a few photos from my Basil growing adventures, starting with the first tiny seedlings, that may or may not have made me squeal!

Basil 1

Basil 6

Greenhouse 3

Greenhouse 9

Market Day Collage

I don’t think there’s anything more rewarding than pairing Market Cherry Tomatoes with fresh homemade Basil for lunch!

Fiona

*Have you seen the minute size of basil seeds?!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Update!

Hello Hello All!!

I must admit... With moving, unpacking, papers due in work, weddings, dinners and the sunny (ish) weather that has finally returned to Galway, I have been neglecting my lovely Blog. Sorry!*

So here's a little update of the last two weeks for me.


Last weekend, my cousin Ruth got married! It was a beautiful ceremony, setting, venue, crowd of guests, music, etc, etc. I'm so happy for Ruth and her new husband, Ciaran! Everything went perfectly over the whole weekend and all I saw on everyone's face were big smiles and happiness!

The conservatory. The venue was really spectacular!

I just love a good shelf of pretty books.

My sister Emer (centre) and cousins, Clare and Emma.

Most of my family with MOST of our eyes open!


The lovely new bride and her mother. I got no pictures of the stunning Ruth in her amazing wedding dress or of the couple together. Oh boo! 

As per my last post, we all went to the Galway Atlantaquaria, which was awesome!! As I had half-predicted, I did get soaked by a horrendous April shower on the way. But Michelle and I had breakfast when we both arrived and I dried off. Once Nelly and Conn made it through the rain, we popped into the Aquarium, which was sooo good! We spent most of our time hanging out by the ray pool, touching all the pretties. And they were so sweet! Apparently, the rays and dogfish and turbots like to be petted so we were all benefitting from the experience.


I held this big spiny crab.



We also got to handle starfish and touch sea anemones.




AND we met Valentine, "the world’s only captive White Skate". She was huge! Here she is being annoyed by a crab.


I know these photos aren't so good. Aquarium photos never really are and these were all taken on my phone. I still feel I have to share them though! And the funniest thing that happened? While watching the rays and their friends being fed and while my hand was resting in the water, a turbot tried to eat it!! There was no chance of my hand actually being eaten, but it was funny!


I've finally, completely and 100% moved in and unpacked. FINALLY! Everything is in its place. My craft corner is organised. My two wardrobes are filled to the brim with clothes I never wear. I've been getting the gerbils acquainted to their new home. In my last place, they were kept in the living room / kitchen, so I could never let them have a proper run around. But now, they're kept in my bedroom and I've been letting them out every now and then. They're loving it! Exploring may be their favourite thing to do.** I'm really glad they have a bit more freedom now.


To celebrate my settling in, I made dinner for the girls a few evenings ago and, if I may say so myself, it went very well! I used the Pioneer Woman's Pasta Carbonara recipe. I love that recipe, it's the best Carbonara ever! Are you looking for something to make this evening (and not worried about calories)?? Then give this a try. I swear, it won't disappoint. After dinner, we sat outside in the evning sun (a rare event in Ireland), drinking wine and having chats. Lovely!

It's a long weekend here in Ireland, and I've been enjoying it as best I can. Unfortunately, the weather is not something we can rely on... It was so hot, sunny and lovely on Friday, but the weather's been very odd since. A bit of rain, a bit of sun, lots of breeze. Very odd! Luckily, I'm sitting down to write this paper for work, just as the rain starts. The timing couldn't be better!


So I leave you darlings with a picture of what I see when I leave my apartment complex:

***

I hope you all had a very nice weekend!

Fi

x


*Well... Not really, I've been having a lovely couple of weeks! I'm sure you don't mind me having a bit of fun in exchange for no posts??


**Also, chewing, they love to chew.


***Don't mind the big pile of scrap metal in the background, please!

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