seen from different angles

I cant believe that these two photos are of the one pendulum clock but they are.  It’s amazing how a thing can look different from another angle.  It just shows we should always try to see how other people view the same situation and understand their view point.  NOW THAT’S DEEP!!!

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An eerie view of Charleville Castle

Charleville castle can be an eerie place at the best of times and that’s part of its charm.  But at night time it really starts to look spooky especially if there’s a full moon about.


Could that be someone at the window above?  Or am I seeing things?



Mauricio’s magnificently made majestic mirrors

classic queen mirror Queen mirror raw slate

ornate queen mirror 2

ornate queen mirror

All these mirrors recently sprung from a request from a former customer.  She wanted two mirrors to match and gave dimensions of 22″ x 11″ and more or less gave Mauricio artistic licence to come up with his own design.  She had gotten mirrors from us in the past and wanted them a  little similar to them but also a little different.   So Mauricio came up with these four designs and she chose the last one on the rightt.  One of these mirrors has not been painted so you see the natural colour of the slate.

Time etched in Stone……

I suppose you would call slate stone.  After all it is derived from  shale type sedimentary rock 400 million years or more in the making.  I am reminded of the ads for Bulmer’s cider here with its slogan “Time dedicated to you”.  

So when you acquire a Heartworks piece, you are “Buying Time” even if it isn’t a clock you are purchasing.  “Time etched in stone”  is what you get.   And, as slate has been used for centuries as roofing material and thus is an intrinsic part of our Irish heritage, you get that too.


How, Where, Why and When?

Could this be the moment I did my back in?  Did I bend down in a peculiar way?  I don’t know.  I really don’t.  Here I am a whole 2 weeks later practically crippled and I can’t grasp the source, the moment it happened, the weird twisty movement that is the culprit for my state of discomfort right now.


See Saw Margery Daw

“See Saw Modery Daw” is what I used to sing  while up on the swing.   I didn’t know any more of the words and so I used to make up my own words ” Swing Swong Modery Dong”.

Just a load of gibberish that passed my lips while looking at this photo of a heartworks pendulum clock.


mauricio being immortalised

Mauricio is contstantly looking over me.  At least in the kitchen where he has been immortalised in the form of a mask.


A few years back our good friend Kieran decided he wanted to use Mauricio’s beautiful face to make one of his Papier Mache masks so the two of them set to and went to work on the mould as below.  First they covered everything that didn’t need to go into the mould, ie everything that wasn’t his face.  Then they put a layer or two or three of plaster of paris on his face being careful to allow holes around his nostrils so he could continue breathing and not die in the process.  Well I’m not going to pretend I know how to make a mask so I go no further with explanations, just some photos of the processOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA