Tiger Moth

I have just come across this  photo of a tiger moth from among Mauricio’s photos.  At first I thought it was a butterfly and asked Mauricio what type it was.  So he put me straight on the matter.  One of the main differences between them is a butterfly’s antennae are club-shaped with a long shaft and a bulb at the end.  A moth’s antennae are feathery or saw-edged. Butterflies tend to fold their wings vertically up over their backs. Moths tend to hold their wings in a tent-like fashion that hides the abdomen. Butterflies are typically larger and have more colourful patterns on their wings. Moths are typically smaller with drab-coloured wings.  Not the case here, I must say.

Another difference is a more obvious one;  we tend to see butterflies during the day and moths at night, but this isn’t always the case as can be seen below.




Can’t even get over a bit of a gate anymore.  There was a time when I’d tumble over the gate, head first, throwing the rest of the body over, like a rag doll.  Well nowadays, even though I pride myself in being fit like a fiddle, I tend to climb over the gate upright.  Could it be modesty (after all I was wearing a skirt)?  Could it be fear that I might break a bone or land on my head?  Or could it just “Auld Age”?  There we were, the two of us, holding on for dear life trying to get over a simple gate down the fields like a pair of grannies and not even one grandchild between us.


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Fairy land at Lough Boora Parklands

It was like entering into another realm when we got off the path and went into where the willow stuctures were in Lough Boora Parklands in the midlands of Ireland, the heart of the bog (and all that)

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After making our way through  labyrinths of willow structures we finally came to where the Fly Agaric mushrooms were and if we hadn’t already thought we were in some magical land, we certainly did now


There were literally hundreds of them all around us.  Soooo trippy!!  There must be fairies living around there!

Natural handmade soap, handmade by Monica, in her kitchen.

I make my soap in small batches in my kitchen.  If the weather is anyway reasonable and there’s a bit of sun about, I’m out in the patio either weighing out the ingredients and/or mixing them and blending together or I could be cutting the soap or, as I was today, labelling the finished bars.  That’s one of my favourite parts of the whole process: the labelling and putting away in storage boxes.  But my absolute favourite is the selling of the soaps at markets or fairs.

Sad Pair of Boots

One can’t but pity the feet that were in those sad looking boots but the owner has certainly nothing to complain about.  They have served him well, accompanied him through the direst of situations, protected his precious toes as sharp pieces of slate came raining down on them, got dumped in the corner every evening after a hard day’s work,  and yet were there the very next morning, reporting for duty, ready for the next barrage of abuse that would be meted out to them.  Oh they are truly loyal companions.  If they could only talk, they’d have a story or two to tell!!DSC_0879

Handmade natural soaps

These last 8 of our range are palm free, I’m delighted to say.  Although I must say, palm oil makes a hard bar, long lasting to the end.  But we’ve added a lot of coconut to these 8 which also makes a hard bar.  Trouble with coconut is your can’t use so much of it as it can be drying to the skin.  You have to get the balance right and I think we might have achieved that with these one, having added lots of olive oil, sweet almond oil and shea butter too.   Although not to be eaten, some of them have a foody thing going on!!!