Hi guys Hi everyone or anyone as the case may be. I haven’t posted for a month now…trouble with internet…Ireland IS still having big issues with broadband in rural areas. While I am lucky to be close to a tower; lots of people in rural Ireland are not, and they have absolutely no INTERNET… Unfortunately, I am also having… Read More Gales Storm Diana Hits Wexford, Ireland this Wednesday. I have a favor to ask, please.
If the weather is nice and it’s not pissing down rain; we like to take a Sunday afternoon drive. We try to find a new road or area to explore. I remain amazed at how many little side roads and laneways are found in this little area of Enniscorthy. Oylegate is just one small village… Read More A Sunday Drive in Wexford
In my last post, I showed you an old mahogany dressing table John found at Neville’s Antiques and Collectibles in Wellington Bridge, Wexford; our favorite pickers place. It had been left out in the yard and it was rain-soaked and missing a top. After drying out in the workshop with a nearby heater, John started to work… Read More Redesign an Antique in Ireland- Demonstration Part II
We have had readers ask us how we do a redesign and what does that mean. For us, in a redesign, John takes an antique something and remakes it as something unintended; repurposed. A good example is seen in the vintage sewing machine tables. John takes the cast iron bases of the machine and makes a… Read More How we Redesign an Antique- Step one go to Picker Place- Tutorial
Well, the Irish Autumn has arrived; chasing the beautiful Indian Summer down the laneway. So sorry to see her go. Autumn is a mixed bag here. She brings beautiful and rich colors and an infrequent golden sunlight but she also heralds the horrors of gale force winds, horizontal rain, and eventually hurls you into winter. I… Read More What do you call a flock of European Goldfinch????
On the way to Johnston Caste, we pass a golf course John use to frequent named Rathespeck Manor. The estate was the ancient home of the Codd family who built a castle on the vast grounds in 1351. Now the manor house, thought to be built on the old castle grounds, is owned by the Cuddihy family following a… Read More On the Way to Johnstown Castle
THE BACK GARDEN Apparently, we missed the super summer in Ireland this year. We returned to massive growth in the garden and comments from everyone on what a summer it was. Indeed, the best summer ever! I am sure there is truth in that statement. A great summer in Ireland usually means a rain-free week every three weeks… Read More A Guide through the Garden- Garden Nemesis Japanese Knot-weed
Hi everyone, today I am going to take you on our trip to an antique shop and cafe about an hour drive north of us in Oylegate. It is in a town called Castledermott in south-east Ireland near the Cavan and Kildare borders. The establishment is called “The Old Yard.” It is a family run business… Read More Antiquing in Ireland. The ” Old Yard ” in Kildare
We are back in Oylegate Lodge. Still a bit jetlagged but I wanted to catch you up. So to start off with the big hitch….I left my package of medications I need for hypertension and thyroid at John’s Daughter’s house in Philly. When I unpacked the day we got back, I didn’t see it. It will take… Read More MADE IT BACK TO IRELAND BUT WITH A FEW HITCHES
Getting ready to go to the Ireland Home and shop. John can’t wait to get home. Truthfully this summer of record beaking heat has been hard to take for both John and me. My veggies did horribly and I never got to get into my gardens like I wished. The heat was too hard and me… Read More On the Road Again