Yet another migraine morning for me today and wee Elisa had a horrid night with fever – I tell ya, we’re all glad here it’s the weekend! The Haar is in this morning – that’s the sea fog that envelopes the Firth of Forth and the surrounds. It’s really thick and visibility is about 10 metres at the moment. (Picture added later when it had started to burn off) It’ll hang around for a little while by the looks of it too. I remember being at a friend’s place and watching it roll in – reminded me of the dust storms in Melbourne many yearsRead More →

Christmas is over. And as per tradition here on the 5th or thereabouts most people pulled down their Christmas tree and decorations and dumped the tree next to their bin for collection by the council. I have two issues with this. The first is that, well look at that tree – so much green left in it and it smells absolutely divine and yet there it is cast aside as worthless. If you are taking down because of tradition then why not keep the unadorned tree inside for a while and still get to enjoy it’s life? The second is that this week there areRead More →

Week 12 from March 18th to 24th sees some ghastly weather and some new shiny teeth. 130318 – Even in this horrid weather this is a pretty awesome view #edinburgh 130318 – Glad I’m inside! 130318 – It’s been raining/snowing like that for 6 hours now #cold 130319 – Morning cuddles 130319 – As the Big Yin says – get yerself a sexy raincoat! 130321 – In progress. Colour Affection 130321 – Cup of tea 130321 – Tatted necklace #tatting 130323 – Teeth!Read More →

Week 48 of 2012 from 26th November to 2nd December – Katja finds her feet and I learn how to do a knitted i-cord which results in a new hat for Katja. 20121126 – Katja displays her awesome new skillz (yes, she’s found her feet) #worldismyoyster #growupsofast   20121127 – Playtime with crazy hair   20121129 – Just taught myself how to make i-cord   20121130 – Happiness is sunshine and a new hat   20121130 – It’s a little chilly on the canal today   20121130 – Tomorrow will be quite pleasantRead More →

After 6 years in Ireland I’ve decided that the weather here just isn’t up to the advertised standard. So I’m headed off to Scotland, where I’m told that they have good, proper to-the-bones cold. When I first arrived in Ireland I knew nothing about the place except for what I’d seen on the news or in twee tourist shows. I didn’t understand most of what was being said to me (and that was in Dublin – imagine the fun of my first encounter with Cork!) Sure, there were bombs being defused every week but I got used to that, the grass was *always* green, theRead More →

A few useful links I’ve come across for weather related stuff in Dublin. Irish Met Office is a reasonable site. The HIRLAM model is very accurate at predicting where and when snow will fall within a 24 hr period. Click on ‘Nedbor’ Watch passenger planes depart from/arrive at Dublin airport here. Excellent radar featuring flight info. Numerous cancellations and delays at Dublin Airport. Listen in to the air traffic control tower. Snow radar here Irish Weather Online with a live chat boardRead More →

It’s certainly spring/summer here – this pair of swans were tending to a flock of gorgeous fluffy cygnets by the canal in Dublin on Saturday morning. Saturday’s geocaching adventure with Cristina bagged not only 4 caches, but we also saw a large number of Phoenix Park’s new resident deer. Absolutely gorgeous! Not long afterwards the heavens opened up and we get a taste of the European Monsoon – yes, monsoon. As in wet like you wouldn’t believe. This isn’t your normal Irish namby-pamby soft stuff, this is rain that would feel quite at home in Australia. With 2km of walking an no shelter we wereRead More →