Welcome Autumn


  It is Autumn.   Socks. Snow on the mountaintops, chestnuts, walnuts, pumpkin oil in carrot soup. A squirell’s cache in the pot of basil,…harvest the leaves before the stalks turn brown. Chrysanthemums in tiers, ready for the cemetery. Purple figs,tumbling grapes. Blackberry jam. An...

Bon Bons, the Royal Bird


  The weather is still glorious, gorgeous, golden.  We are at the centre of – a rather unromantically named – “Blocking High” over Europe with calm, still cloudless days of 28 degrees. Daily dressing means badenahs (Cork-speak for a swim suit) and a pair of...

Profiles


Once upon a time there was a little girl called Rose. Her father was a Colonel in the Hussars and a millionaire and she grew up on the family’s 600-acre estate in Devon, and their home in London. With an older sister and younger brother,...

Welcome Autumn with Le Bourru


                                  In Ireland, ‘Boru’ means a High King called Brian (d. April 1014.)  In France “Le Bourru” means a Vin Blanc Extremely Noveau…more grape juice than wine, only available...

Victoria Beckham and I


        Victoria Beckham was a singer known as ‘Posh Spice’ with the band “The Spice Girls” before (and sadly, after) marrying the celebrated English footballer David Beckham. They are a grand young couple, each with their own …er…talents – especially kicking balls,...

My First Huipil


  I have always had a soft spot for Frida Kahlo – she and I are the only women I know of who got married lying down – and not just her story and her art are of interest, I am also a great fan...

The Flea Markets of Berlin


  In Berlin, the weekend used goods sales are known as “Trodelmarkts” and “Flohmarkts” meaning Junk and Flea. Here are some other things you will find:   Bicycles, parts of bicycles, clocks that work, clocks that don’t work, baseball caps embroidered with eagles and the...

Plaisir d’Amour


  There is, I think, a difference between “the love of one’s life” and one’s “Grand Amour”.  One’s spouse is often the real love of one’s life, as it is with them, in a happy marriage, one knows real love, sharing, the mutual support of...

The Gift of a Canicule


E-mailed my daughter in New York city: “Any news?” “ANY NEWS??” she replied “Don’t you read your texts?……I’ve just had an earthquake and now we’re getting a hurricane….and you ask me if I’ve any news?”   The perfect storm is no storm at all.   But...

The Big Fellow


There are almost 41 million Google references for “Michael Collins.”   Some of them relate to the astronaut Michael Collins, or the clarinettist Michael Collins and others refer to young fellas and old fellas whose family name is Collins and whose first name is that of...
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