Life in arrghland

A blog about the life of an alien in a little town in Ireland…


January 2015

The art of avoidance

We had some really sad news last week and decided to travel to avoid thinking about it. Sure we know we’d have to face it when the holiday is over but we want some good memories to temper the sad ones. No better excuse to be with family.








Gloomy day, gloomy cats

My cats are so sad they can’t go out because nature is cooking up a storm outside. Cookie did insist on going out only to sit on the window sill and watch a list bird get its bearing.


Wintery Red Split Lentils and Turnip Soup

Definitely trying this!




Another cold day, another warm soup! I realize that I posted a soup recipe last week already but to be perfectly honest with you, soups constitute about 50% of my diet as soon as the temperature drops. The other half is noodles, and even then I usually find a way to combine the two into noodle soup.

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The Holidays are over: here are some bits

In no particular order-
Church nativity play
Dublin at Christmas
Church christmas dinner
Christmas day
General silliness





















A photo a week challenge: Something new

I have jokingly referred to myself as someone have black fingers. Every plant seems to come to my home to die yikes!

Imagine my surprise and delight that this plant I pruned (the dead flowers off) a few weeks ago is now bringing up new buds. I’m over the moon!



Last call! The next Blogging 101 class begins Monday.

Sounds promising

The Daily Post

New to blogging, and not sure where to start? Never fear, Blogging 101 is here! Fun and free, the next edition of our popular introductory course begins on Monday, January 5 — read on for the details and to register.

Blogging 101 is four weeks of daily bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” — along with a supportive community to encourage you all the way through. At the end of the course, you’ll have a blog you’re proud and excited to publish, and that others are excited to read. Here’s how it works:

  • Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts and pages, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community — and are designed to build on one another.
  • We’ll post a new assignment here on The Daily Post each weekday at 12AM GMT. Each assignment will contain all the inspiration and instructions you need to complete…

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Home is where the heart is

Almost 3 years after I moved to small town Ireland, I am just beginning to feel at home. Home in my own skin, in my own house, home as I navigate through the streets, as I shop, as I start to chit chat to shopkeepers and fundraisers. At home as I see someone I know while driving, scream happy new year and become a surprising recipient of a quick sloppy kiss on the cheek.

My heart is finally here…


Here’s to a crackin’ 2015

I love the feel of a new year full of possibilities. You can change who you are, what you’ve been doing. You can change your mind on anything and everything! Personally, i don’t wait until the new year to change the course of my life but starting a new year is as good a time as any.

Happy new year to you all!


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