Christmas Gin

Here’s to the ones that we gotCheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memoriesOf everything we’ve been throughToast to the ones here todayToast to the ones that we lost on the way‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memoriesAnd the memories bring back, memories bring back…

Samhain & the Bairin Breac

I love this time of year for so many personal reasons; October is a busy month of anniversaries and birthdays in the Carlos household, but I also love it because it is that time of year when Nature rears its head and says ‘Yah I know you love the sun in summer and snow in…

Hederman’s Knowledge of Salmon

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things……

The Taste of Summer

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” –Dom Pérignon, monk and cellar master attributed to the discovery of champagne, upon first tasting it.  If Dom was tasting the stars then this blog post is all about tasting the summer. In a world where everything is on tap and easily accessible it’s nice to take the…

Blackberry Picking

  Seamus Heaney is one of my favourite Irish poets, possibly because when I read his poetry they always give me a great sense of place, of feeling like I’m there, they reflect experiences that most Irish people can relate to.  None so more than ‘Blackberry Picking’: Last Saturday the lust for picking became too…