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Visitors From Cork
April 17, 2014
09:12 AM

Visitors From Cork

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Marie, Fiona, Sheila and George


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Five Years ago today.
April 13, 2014
06:40 AM

Five Years ago today.

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This was our family portrait to celebrate my 60th.

Fionn is the one who has changed most.

Back Row,Aonghus,Ano,Deirdre,Eileen, Phil.
Front Caitriona, Martin (with Fionn), Síle, Colm


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Lost in Translation One Hundred and One
April 10, 2014
01:45 PM

Lost in Translation One Hundred and One

This morning as I was pruning the vine which shades our terrace I was serenaded by a cockrel who was obviously trying to impose, verbally, some order in his hen run, he didn't stop.Of course being a Coq, and a native French speaker his chant was"Cocorico" rather than the English "Cock-a-doodle-doo" , I listened carefully and he gave me plenty of opportunities to, but there is no doubt that he spoke his clarion call in French.There was not the slightest trace of a Doodle-doo in his crow.

This leads me to a book I bought lately called "Tingo" written by a man who rejoices in the name; Adam Jacot de Boinod. This is a compendium of the various names we give stuff from around the world. He has a special section on what the cock says in different countries. Here are some more:

Chinese: Gou gou
Italian : Chicchirichi
Portuguese; Cocoroco

But the people from Thailand obviously have a cock with an independent turn of phrase, he goes : Ake-e-ake-ake.


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Cinerama View
10:09 AM

Cinerama View

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Once we had chopped down our tree we discovered that our aspect was dominated by a large crane right in the middle of our view.
Yesterday morning an even taller crane came and dismantled it bit by bit.
Now for the first time ever we have a completely clear view.
Feels a bit like having a cinerama screen with us on the balcony.


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Sparkling Kir
April 09, 2014
09:35 AM

Sparkling Kir

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Last night sipped one of these on the terrace before dinner, a sure sign that summer has arrived.


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