An Irish Pub Crawl, New Friends, and a Rediscovered Name

On my to do list…

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www.129twigandvine—Roundstone Pier, Co. GalwayAnother St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, with chill winter in the air, and hearty Irish fare cooking in the kitchen. A perfect day for that, though I wish our days would be ripening toward spring flowers instead of brewing up a big winter storm for tomorrow.


I’ve been looking at photo albums from April 0f 2006 when we first took our daughter to Ireland. She was four, and looked upon everything with the wide eyes and questions I associate with that year. We saw places that we’d loved and visited through her naive and tender gaze. And we loved them anew. She loved them along with us.

On this trip we returned to Roundstone, a small village on the western edge of Co. Galway, in a wild region called Connemara. In pockets of Connemara you can still hear the Irish language spoken, and there are roads that cross…

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A Spring Rabbit, Masako Kubo

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A tiny touch of spring weather is in the air for Easter weekend here (this means sunny and a high of 48 F, with possible high 50s for tomorrow). The snow is receding. The farmyard is muddy. The sugarhouses will be boiling today.

I came across this rabbit artwork by Masako Kubo on the Covet Garden blog. A tea towel of the art is available at Terrain. I was smitten with its simplicity and it, along with the sunshine, are putting me in the Easter spirit. Masako’s illustration is so clean and fresh. I like her simplified palettes and use of words and emblems. Her rabbit may just inspire us to decorate some eggs today.

Yesterday I perused my photo libraries from spring in the last few years. All the blooming crocus, daffodils and tulips don’t show up until the April 20s of later, so I’m going to…

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A Green Patch in March

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012Around now, having gotten through the better part of heavy winter, most of us are eager for spring.  For me, I’m looking not just for warmth, but for some colour, especially some green, but most days March is a month of browns and greys.

I took these colour needs into my own hands this year, and for the first time am growing microgreens.  These are like baby greens, harvested when they are teeny little guys, and are amazingly flavourful garnishes for sandwiches, soups, salads, or just snacking.  They are also really pretty, and an easy pick-me-up during winter.

If I had gotten my green hankering earlier in the winter, when the daylight hours were still quite short, I could still have grown them in the basement, where we have a grow light.   But I started in early March, and gave my Mizuna Asian Greens and Astro Arugula (from High…

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