Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Sorry for the lack of photo's in the previous posts...I am away seeing the fella's relations in Sverige without access to internet! Having a fun time though in Sunny Stockholm and I promise to share some piccie's and tips for a visit in the upcoming posts x
Happy Easter everybody!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Wishlist...keep on wishing!

I came across Kiel Mead and his beautiful jewellry and decided I needed to share this with you guys, simple and tongue in cheek jewellry that I wouldn't mind receiving in my Easter egg!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fatty cushion

Looking through my blog links I ended up at Pickles today.
I'm in search of some new cushion ideas for my apartment and I thought this one looks perfect...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Jane Austen ♥ Embroidery

After blogging about Wave Hill and my adventures in embroidery, I saw this on A Cup of Jo's funny...Jane Austen and embroidery just like my day out! How wonderful are these bookcovers...want, want, want!!!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!!! xxx

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Céim eile

My Irish dance teacher is presenting an Irish Dance Theatre Festival, céim eile in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 from the 18th-23rd April. It is bringing together 'three exciting, original productions, that offer a fresh perspectie on an age-old tradition - Irish Dance'. It looks like a great chance to see another side of Irish Dancing, and a fun way to see this form of dance for the first time or the millionth time!

These are two of the brilliant acts performing in the festival...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Come and Follow me...

Hey Peeps!
So, I've changed my layout to show my followers on the top right hand side bar (as recommended by the good people at Google). I've called it Come and follow, please do. If you like the blog just click on the follow button on the right hand side and you can follow me on my adventures in wonderland. All you need is a google/twitter/yahoo or some other types of account and you can sign up. It's simple and quick and would make me sooo happy ;p

Love to all those who have popped in along the way xxx

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Naaasty times two!

I'm in two minds about putting anything negative on here. I was hoping to keep it for the more sunny positive side of life or even some of the dull things in life, but what happened on Friday night upset me so much that I think I will rant about it here....although on second thoughts maybe I won't! Lets just say that I had a run in with my neighbours who were terribly rude, threatening and racist to boot! All this from people who are currently studying to become doctors...definitely not the kind of doctor I would like to have at my bedside.

On another note and also home related...I recently bought the Women's Institute Book of the Home in a sale of library stock. It is a wealth of information and I feel like I will be using it as a written word Google for my home woes. I was having some problems unblocking a drain in the bathroom so I sourced an eco friendly and less scary than caustic soda solution in the above mentioned book. Here are the instructions for anyone out there with blocked drain problems...
Pour ½ cup of bicarbonate of soda down the offending drain;
Follow this with a cup of white vinegar;
Leave for 15 minutes;
Pour a kettle of boiled water down the drain and watch your drain become unclogged.

It is one of those gross but very satisfying tasks that make me so happy! I love when I get these things done and know everything is clean and hygienic again! I loved it so much that I repeated the process just for the craic! I also scrubbed the bath, sink and toilet just to put an extra shine on my happiness! Strange but true :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Coney Island Girl

On our last day in NYC we decided to visit the famous Coney Island. I was so excited about seeing the boardwalk and the amusements, and even more excited as it was still wintery and I hoped for a romantic windswept walk along the oceans edge. I had read Just Kids by Patti Smith right before coming out to New York and I loved the photo of her and Robert in their crazy outfits standing on the boardwalk. She has a great description of coming out of the subway tunnel and arriving in Coney Island and I had been envisioning myself making the same journey with my significant other.

Some say that the name for Coney Island may have come from the Irish (Gaelic) for rabbit which is coinín. Ireland has many islands named Coney Island. Some claim that an Irish captain named Peter O'Connor had, in the 18th century, named Coney Island after an island (Inishmulclohy) in County Sligo, Ireland. There ya go!

When we got there the first thing we saw was Nathan’s Famous, so of course we had to go in…well, I told Mr. P. he had to have one of the famous hot dogs and he did not protest too much! (I’m a veggie so it was cheesy fries for me).

We headed off from there to the boardwalk. It was almost completely deserted. The wind was roaring through the amusement parks and howling along the beach, the grey sky was looming low over us and the atmosphere was eerie. We wandered around and enjoyed the wonderful light and the relics of a glorious past, where generations of people enjoyed summers filled with fun and happy memories.

Later with the sun going down the sky turned pink and highlighted the derelict beauty of Coney Island and one of its landmark rides, the Parachute Jump (inactive since 1968). This ride is nicknamed Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower.

In the half light we found the famous Cyclone rollercoaster which is protected as a designated NYC landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. I loved the sign at the very top of the ride which warns patrons to remain seated!!! Were there really people crazy enough to stand on this ride?

On one of the information boards I read that there had been a hotel shaped liked an elephant on Coney Island in the 1800’s. Apparently the trunk held the main staircase and there were spiral stairs in the 4 legs, with accomodation being in the body of the elephant! I just thought it looked so cool so I wanted to share a photo of it with you…


So, while Coney Island in the winter may not be for everyone, we loved it and enjoyed spending our last day in New York imagining it in it’s heyday.