Monday, August 29, 2016

Kate Kearney's Cottage

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

Killarney Ireland

I first visited Kate kearney's Cottage in 1970 with my parents. It was summer and the last place I wanted to be was on vacation with my parents!! How I'd change that now!!


My sister, Mom and me.

September 2015 - a very fast forward and 45 years later I'm back with John and friends K and B.

Kate was a well known beauty in Ireland in the years before the Great Famine (1845-1849). The legend of Kate has captured the imagination pf people far and wide down through the years.
It was at this síbín that Kate distilled her famous poitín, 'Kate Kearney's Mountain Dew', which was "very fierce and wild, requiring not less than seven times its own quantity of water to tame and subdue it." It was of course illicit. However, Kate flouted the law and invited the weary traveller to partake of her hospitality.

Pictured below are Julia Burke and her husband Donal Mór Moriarty who lived in Kate Kearney's Cottage in the middle of the 19th Century. She and her husband are the first to be documented after Kate herself. They are Jim Coffey's (the current owner) Great Great Grandparents.


Sunday, August 28, 2016



Wordless Wednesday and at Wordless

August 2016 - Toronto ON

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

August 2016 - Toronto ON

I did a lengthy feature on Islington Village of Murals last week. Click here to see it. There are 25 murals in a five block area.

While there I also found some other murals.

A specially commissioned poem by Dionne Brand, City of Toronto’s Former Poet Laureate, - has been painted onto the 1000 square foot wall in an alley for the Art Alley Mural Project unveiled in October 2010.

Article 13 for the theme of the mural - “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.”

Based on Article 13 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

Article 13
by Dionne Brand, City of Toronto’s Poet Laureate
The passenger pigeons once traveled here,
here once they furrowed the sky,
raked wide the full moon’s face,
to drink the lakes' inclined and pristine surfaces,
who crossed the langourous cold river first
and saw the ceiling of birds,
then wandered the mouth of this intimate lake,
skanadario, who needed maps and homing devices,
compasses, the featherless arms,
who came here driven on the muscular spasms
of guesses, and hard bargains and wars and lack,
this river, Tanaovate, at the east, has washed
its large share of loneliness and industry
it has collected time and more, much more
than its salt and black and rainbow creeks,
fugitive, its tributaries of migrants
inalienable nomads, global citizens
unfettered limbs, we are heartsick for the true world,
compelled to place we search for place,
there in the growths of black wild alders,
how many sojourns, the gathered feet, the flight of horses,
the vein of railway, the stray of airplanes,
we brace our transience on the hurtling planet,
this 13th note, its opening sound, articulates,
unbinds our migratory bones, renascent
here our common ownership of the earth


Tom the backroads traveller hosts FotoTunes

August 2016 - Lakefield ON

This song was playing on one of their phones as we walked by, and I thought, perfect!!


Lazy yellow moon comin' up tonite,
Shinin' thru the trees,
Crickets are singin' and lightning bugs
Are floatin on the breeze
Baby get ready.....

Across the field where the creek turns back by the ole stump road
I'm gonna take you to a special place that nobody knows
Baby get ready.....ooooooooooo

You and me going fishing in the dark,
Lying on our backs and counting the stars
Where the cool grass grows.
Down by the river in the full moon light,
We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night
Just movin' slow...

Stayin' the whole night thru, feels so good to be with you...

Spring is almost over and the summer's come
And the days are gettin' long
Waited all winter for the time to be right, just to take you along
Baby get ready.....

And it don't matter if we sit forever and the fish don't bite
Jump in the river and cool ourselves from the heat of the night
Baby get ready.....ooooooooooo.

You and me going fishin in the dark!

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

August 2016 - Viamede Resort  Woodview ON

We were at a family wedding last weekend up north in cottage country. Click here for more wedding photos.

The resort features a 19th chapel that is intimate as it only holds 80 people.

And the bride and groom!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Weekend Cooking

August 2016 - Toronto ON

This is where  I recap our week featuring what we ate!

Saturday the wedding celebrations continued up north at a resort. Breakfast was included and we started the morning chatting with family members who then all dispersed to enjoy various activities. The bride and groom off with their wedding parties. The groom's father to finish his speech. And all the various "kids" to either sleep more or engage in outdoor activities. John and I decided to explore the area. We headed to Lakefield.

Then into Peterborough, but just for a while as it was too hot.

We chose to head back to the resort for a cold beer and sitting on the balcony.

Time to get ready!!!!

Click here for amazing photos of the wedding taken by Derrel Hoshing. Here's a sample.

Fantastic wedding!

Let me just say we have one of the most fantastic blended families ever! My niece took this photo.

Cocktail Hour - back to my photos.

Dinner forgot a photo of the gorgeous salad!

And the dancing begins.

Sunday was a long drive home and was then spent relaxing.

Monday John golfed and I just went out for some groceries. I took this shot while waiting for the shuttle and enjoying the music at Union Station.

We   I wanted to see the murals on Islington that I had passed by whenever I went to the office in Mississauga. So we headed there with a stop at a church, my patient driver, humouring me as I wander the graveyard.

The murals - 25 of them depicting the history of Islington. Click here to view a whole plethora of photos!!!.

Then it was time to do a Costco run and a Weston Bakery run.

Wednesday is John's weekly men's league golf game. I picked up some vegetables for today and tomorrow. And look who I saw!!

Thursday - we went out to lunch at Her Father's Cider Bar and Kitchen. Now that John is gluten intolerant he is trying ciders as an alternative to beer. This was the perfect place, with 80 ciders on order. They had 12 on tap.

They got drier as you went from right to left.

Mine, in front, a Shiny Pinot Noir. Delicious.

Birthday dinner for my nephew and his dad. Here he is with John at the wedding.


Saturday - Wedding!
Sunday - corn on the cob and fresh bread picked up on our way home
Monday - roast pork, mashed carrots parsnips potatoes and brussel sprouts
Tuesday - sweet and sour meatballs with corn on the cob
Wednesday - moo shu pork (again, this week, at John's request)
Thursday - sticky chicken garlic mushroom quinoa Asian salad and broccoli
Friday - Montreal family

I  haven't mentioned what I've been reading the last couple of weeks. I did two sad WWII books, The Book Thief and The Lost Wife. I followed that by a funny and much needed The Rosie Project. 
I just finished Under the Visible Life

Recent movies were Remember  again Nazis. Our Brand is Crisis very intriguing look into the "making of a leader".

Photo Friday.

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