Sunday, June 26, 2016

It's as true today as it ever was: he who seeks beauty will find it.

Bill Cunningham

A Lens + Larder Dinner | Kildare Village

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Kildare Village welcomed Lens & Larder Village life as part of a new calendar to celebrate the wealth of emerging talent in the creative field in Ireland.  The gorgeously talented people who rallied behind this dinner (Imen, Cliodhna, Grace, Aoife, Mark and memorable artisan suppliers) left me loving this sweet island's offerings more than ever.

A four-course meal served family style included starters like turf- smoked Atlantic salt-baked beetroot, St Tola's goats cheese, caraway and dill preserved wild garlic.  Connolly's organic eggs pickled pink.  A main course of fresh caught halibut roasted whole on the bone with nettles and grounded elder.  A Farmette dessert that was a star in its own right: buttermilk tart with Toonsbridge ricotta and honey from Helen Gee's bee hives.

An encyclopaedia of food knowledge and preparation brought to life.  It was the type of dinner that reminded me that we were made for this type of community- for conversations around a table, for closeness, for warmth shared over a meal.
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A beautiful gathering from start to finish. Absolutely cannot wait to see what's in store next. DSC_0169

Perspective + light

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

At the core of it, people that have hobbies or side projects say that they are on a path for continued improvement, intellectual curiosity and well roundedness.

 Dawn Sharifan
(Slack’s Director of People Operations, via Nathalie)

For the day that's in it

DSC_0131 Getting to capture memories for a reader is one of my favourite parts of this community.  Meetings feel like long-lost friendships where (like today) upon saying hello, Ly bursts out the words I need to hear.  Those connections where you don't have to peel the layers back of a story, it's already been shared and understood.

I adore Ly for this and so much more - capturing her first baby and now her second.  Little has changed; she is still as organised, prepared, strong and kind as is her sweet husband.

Personality traits that served well when we were very much under the thumb of little Aoife today. Group shots were shimmied towards her movements and well, an hour or so later we called it a day with stickers in hand to mark the occasion.

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This Saturday

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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When for the first time in a long time, you get to spend a Saturday with no obligations, no pre-planned to-do's, no suitcases, no trains/buses to catch, no work shifts, no phone calls of urgency.  When no suddenly means yes.  When no suddenly becomes a very, very good thing.

At least for today ;)

Happy, sweet weekend to you friends.

Wedding season

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DSC_0486 Two gorgeous colleagues of mine are getting married next year at Ballyvolane! This post is a little reminder of all the beautiful things to come- even in the midst of planning, vendors, receipts, back-and-forths, payments, (even more payments) and lots of little details.  DSC_0396 (1) DSC_0386 DSC_0469 DSC_0470
This wedding reading (via Cup of Jo + Miss Moss )  to share:

Union
by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.


A moment

Monday, June 13, 2016

tumblr_mujp0uHN461ri0kx4o1_1280 The events in Orlando have led to a soapbox for narrative and opinion- gun control! violence! the gay community! equality! terrorism! religion!  presidential campaigns! - it has been heartbreaking to both read and listen to.  I don't normally post about news on this blog for a multitude of reasons but in the midst of the dialogue we have been witness to, the fight for more of this and less of that I'm reminded of that ever so powerful voice of silence.  The one which allows us to remember those who lost lives of friends and families, those who struggle with inner demons and those who deserve to love truly and openly.

A moment to step away from the dialogue, the conversations that need to be had and remember the one thing that binds us all - humanity.
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GLEN is hosting a silent vigil at Dublin City Hall at 6.45pm in solidarity with the victims of Orlando. Open to all.

Also, this by John Oliver.


*photography image above by Petra Collins.  

Vuurtoreneiland

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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From our trip to Amsterdam where we ate far too much,  bonded over floral ridden streets and bicycles much too tall for us, that serendipitous boat ride on the canals and a trip to Vuurtoreneiland.

When wanderlust meets gratitude.  Cannot wait to go back this summer.


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