Chiming Bells and Ticking Clocks

Inspired by bluebells towering over the dandelion clocks on a still sunny May morning on the roundabout between Naas and Johnstown Co. Kildare

Work in progress....


May Day Its a Cool one!

Its a cold start to May.  The three dogs are in their day bed for comfort and warmth!  


Here's Lookin' at you Kid!!

On a cool, wet day last week top marks went to this Kid Goat outside Nicholas Moss Pottery in Bennetsbridge, Co. Kilkenny.  A roof overhead, a snug bed and lots to eat!!  All the other goats were  sheltering too but this one took the biscuit!!


Punchestown Festival

Delighted the weather has turned so well after a wet start!  Sunny, blue skies and a fabulous evening!!


Willow Workshop

Willow creation with magnolia flowers for Easter.
From a super workshop with Breda Marron Artist  at Listoke House last weekend.  A beautiful sunny day, facilities to work indoors or outside in the gardens and delicious refreshments, including  a spicy pumpkin cake.

Happy Easter

 Chinese inks on canvas


What a lovely way to do business

Today I began early, putting together a proposal for a project that may or may not come to fruition.  It was fun exploring all the different aspects.  

Job done I set off to Meitheal, a wonderful cafe in the heart of Dunlavin to deliver an order of my greeting cards.  A warm greeting and chat over tea an coffee with the manager, sitting with sunshine streaming in the window.  There is a definite feel good factor about this place.  It is really worthwhile checking out! 

On to Woodbine Books (www.WoodbineBooks.iein Kilcullen with another order -  a beautiful bookshop where it is so easy to spot exactly what you are looking for - and have a coffee in a comfortable armchair while deciding which title draws you the most. 

Before leaving Kilcullen I managed to buy Barry's Loose Leaf Tea- which has alluded me for weeks.  

- and finallyI put together a pack for Kilkenny for posting.   

(The Tuckmill Craft Shop and Gallery in Naas received their order last week, together with a new painting for the gallery - again a treasure trove here.)

Then it was time to head  to the Network Kildare Event in Killashee House Hotel for an inspiring talk / workshop by Jo Collins who recommends,  amongst other things, sending 'Thank you ' cards in business  'Sell to your customer the way they want to buy'

I feel very lucky to do business with such wonderful people and in such great places.

Just saying!


Bhrat Bridé (Bridget’s cloak, a light flurry of snow in March.)

Brat Bridé  (Bridget’s cloak, a light flurry of snow in March.)

The attic door is open
Letting warm air flow over the water pipes
I open my bedroom window and fling nuggets of food for birds as far as I can
Allowing some to fall to and through the slats of the Ikea garden table below
Blackbirds, thrushes let me know during 'Storm Emma’ that apples are most welcome
Goldfinch hordes are swooping towards the Niger seed feeder under the magnolia
The dogs are in heaven, cosy, warm after a mad run.
I sit at the kitchen table listening to ‘Playback’
Mind flies with possibilities - sort the greeting cards orders, prepare that application,
Clear that room, begin the ink painting of that wonderful tree….
Gusts filled with snow blast past the window
I’m fully rested, again thanks to Storm Emma.
I stride towards the kettle
I will make today count.
The snow is back 
A ‘light flurry’ how are ya!

20 March 2018




Triple Celebration this weekend; St. Patrick's Day, Sheelagh's Day and St. Bridget is making an appearance with Brat Bhride!

Wishing all a triple Irish celebration this weekend;
St. Patrick's Day today, Sheelagh's Day tomorrow and St. Bridget is making an appearance with Brat Bhride or St. Bridget's Cloak - A flurry of Snow in March!



CRUFTS 2018 BEST IN SHOW; Tease, the Whippet

Congratulations to Collooney Tartan Tease,  Whippet

Best in Show, Crufts 2018 

Here is another Collooney Whippet whose portrait I had the pleasure of painting - a most gentle, playful and affectionate whippet..

Chinese inks on canvas



Celebrating International Women's Day at Newbridge Silverware

I loved celebrating International Women's Day with the Kildare branch of Network Ireland , Women in Business at Newbridge Silverware last night.  Lovely company, inspirational people, delicious food, a personal gift for everyone from the Silverware and a great laugh too!


Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year
      Year of the Dog - though my dogs say every year is their year!!


New A5 Greeting Cards Available,

A NEW SET OF GREETING CARDS fresh from the printer. Woodbine Books of Kilcullen, Meitheal in Dunlavin and Tuckmill Gallery Naas stocking them. Yeah! Spring Forward!🌞🌞


Aqua Aerobics

Delighted to be back at Aqua Aerobics today, and to have time to do a few lengths afterwards rather than run and queue for the showers...on a cold bright February morning, sliding into the warm water and sheer joy of music, movement and colours of waffles....Happy Out!


Groundhog Day 2nd Day of February

I learn something new every day, take 2.

One of my favourite American movies was Ground Hog Day, with the great Bill Murray.

 I always thought the 'groundhog' was a fictitious creature.  Turns out it 's real - and there is a very famous Groundhog called Phil, who predicts the weather TODAY!!

Here's my sketch of Phil!

Happy Groundhog Day Phil.

Snowdrops, St. Bridget's Day and Not the start of Spring

1 February, St. Bridget's Day Snowdrops
You learn something new every day!!  I always thought St. Bridget's Day heralded in the start of Spring.
Sometime since I left school all that has changed and Spring now begins in Ireland in March!