Morning coffee, Galway style

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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A little escape to Galway (just as its crowned Capital of Culture 2020) to watch BellX1 under the big top, wake up to coffee in one of my favourite shops in the city and just as previous, wanting to be back just as quickly as we left.  Adore this city.

Lifting the mirror

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Unexpected friendships = the best ones.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It's as true today as it ever was: he who seeks beauty will find it.

Bill Cunningham

A Lens + Larder Dinner | Kildare Village

Kildare Village welcomed Lens & Larder Village life as part of a new calendar to celebrate the wealth of emerging talent in the creative field in Ireland.  The gorgeously talented people who rallied behind this dinner (Imen, Cliodhna, Grace, Aoife, Mark and memorable artisan suppliers) left me loving this sweet island's offerings more than ever.

A four-course meal served family style included starters like turf- smoked Atlantic salt-baked beetroot, St Tola's goats cheese, caraway and dill preserved wild garlic.  Connolly's organic eggs pickled pink.  A main course of fresh caught halibut roasted whole on the bone with nettles and grounded elder.  A Farmette dessert that was a star in its own right: buttermilk tart with Toonsbridge ricotta and honey from Helen Gee's bee hives.

An encyclopaedia of food knowledge and preparation brought to life.  It was the type of dinner that reminded me that we were made for this type of community- for conversations around a table, for closeness, for warmth shared over a meal.
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A beautiful gathering from start to finish. Absolutely cannot wait to see what's in store next. DSC_0169

Perspective + light

Monday, June 20, 2016


Sunday, June 19, 2016

At the core of it, people that have hobbies or side projects say that they are on a path for continued improvement, intellectual curiosity and well roundedness.

 Dawn Sharifan
(Slack’s Director of People Operations, via Nathalie)

For the day that's in it

DSC_0131 Getting to capture memories for a reader is one of my favourite parts of this community.  Meetings feel like long-lost friendships where (like today) upon saying hello, Ly bursts out the words I need to hear.  Those connections where you don't have to peel the layers back of a story, it's already been shared and understood.

I adore Ly for this and so much more - capturing her first baby and now her second.  Little has changed; she is still as organised, prepared, strong and kind as is her sweet husband.

Personality traits that served well when we were very much under the thumb of little Aoife today. Group shots were shimmied towards her movements and well, an hour or so later we called it a day with stickers in hand to mark the occasion.

So happy to share a peek of this family here. DSC_0017 DSC_0095 DSC_0113 DSC_0053 DSC_0033 DSC_0047 DSC_0136 DSC_0054 IMG_9435 DSC_0029 DSC_0152 DSC_0128

This Saturday

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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When for the first time in a long time, you get to spend a Saturday with no obligations, no pre-planned to-do's, no suitcases, no trains/buses to catch, no work shifts, no phone calls of urgency.  When no suddenly means yes.  When no suddenly becomes a very, very good thing.

At least for today ;)

Happy, sweet weekend to you friends.

Wedding season

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DSC_0486 Two gorgeous colleagues of mine are getting married next year at Ballyvolane! This post is a little reminder of all the beautiful things to come- even in the midst of planning, vendors, receipts, back-and-forths, payments, (even more payments) and lots of little details.  DSC_0396 (1) DSC_0386 DSC_0469 DSC_0470
This wedding reading (via Cup of Jo + Miss Moss )  to share:

by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.

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