Here's my little Tadhg with the family dog Bruce. We took both for a little walk on Sunday to discuss the location of "The Shed" . Sheds are a really big thing in Ireland you don't just build a house you build a house and a shed and some are as big as a house 🏡 Anyway I will do a blog post on the whole Shed saga and yes there is the real possibility that by the end of this build someone might be living in it. ( not me ) 😂🇮🇪🏡🙏🏻
What's in a name ? Well I wanted the blog to have a sense of place and location so including a little Gaelic in the title felt very natural, boreen translates as 'a narrow country road" and is not too difficult to pronounce ( I hope 😉) The inspiration of "the brambled boreen" came from our favourite poet, Sir John Betjemen, he wrote the most eloquent poems, "Ireland with Emily" really captures being in rural Ireland another firm favourite in this house is "How to get in in society"..... I think we will definitely have that framed in the entrance hall of the new house.
We're battening down the hatches today! Storm Ophelia is freaking the living daylights out of me!! Especially this morning, that eery calm, you just knew something bad was coming. But to look on the bright side, seeing as we're all home today and not moving I did get a chance to put away all my laundry, which enabled me to make my room tidy enough to take part in today's prompt, #wardrobe ! Stay safe everyone xx #bedroom#myhouseandhome @michaelmurphyhome @houseandhomemagazine #bedroom#home#irishhome#familyhome#photochallenge#interiors
So it looks like most of Ireland will be housebound today thanks to #ophelia . Let's hope this whole thing turns out to be no big deal so that we can all stay safe and just enjoy the day off work! Well, unless you're self-employed like me and stayed up all night to get all your work done while we still have electricity. Freelance work don't stop for no hurricane. ☝🏻But for real, be careful. Stay home. And maybe make a donation to @dublinsimoncommunity or @focusirelandsal who work so tirelessly to look after those who don't have a home of their own to take shelter in. Even on a regular day, I can't even imagine how difficult homelessness must be. Nobody should be sleeping in a doorway, ever. But without funding for charities combating homelessness, days like today can prove deadly for the most vulnerable. 📷 from @jerseyicecreamco
#Flooring I actually detest these tiles and cannot wait to change them!! When we moved in our kitchen/ diner had stark white cupboards, blue walls, blue tiles, blue blinds, pine skirting, doors, doorframes, etc. As soon as you walked in you felt cold. We've softened the room, made it warmer through our personal touches and painting, but still these tiles remain. They'll be replaced in time but for now here's my flooring. #myhouseandhome houseandhome @michaelmurphyhome @houseandhomemagazine #photochallenge#home#familyhome#irishhome#irishinteriors
#personalstory ☘🏠☘ The day I remembered why I keep returning to Ireland... ...most of you know that I'm a German girl living in Ireland. But what a lot of people don't know is that this is my 3rd time living here! When I was 16 I took a break from high school & moved to Wicklow for 6 months together with my Mum. We had both fallen in love with the Emerald Isle the year before on a summer holiday to Ireland's stunning south west. After that I returned to Germany to finish school & to study. But when my Mum passed away in 2007 I once again decided to pack my bags, get a one-way ticket & head back to Ireland trying to find a job. After almost 2 years in Dublin I got a serious case of biting travel bug & moved to Australia for a year. And guess where I naturally ended up when my Aussie working holiday visa expired? Right, back in Ireland! ☘😁☘ I can't put my finger on it but something keeps me coming back. Living in Dublin these days makes it easy to get caught up in work & big city life and forget why I love this country so much.
But on my recent Irish road trip I was reminded of all the reasons I'm so crazy about #ireland ! I mean just look at this picture! 😍 I'm extremely grateful that I have had the opportunity to live here so many times, to work in great jobs & to meet so many awesome people here! 💙
Is there anywhere in the world you're so emotionally attached to that you keep returning over & over again? I'd love to know, so tell me in a comment! ☺ xo Kat
Today's theme on the @houseandhomemagazine October challenge in conjunction with @michaelmurphyhome is TIME. I could probably do without a clock in most rooms, but a kitchen clock is essential for three reasons:
1) For frowning at it and wondering what time i put food in the oven, because God forbid I should use the kitchen timer.
2) For shouting at because it 'can't be that time already' on the days that I cannot get on top of the jobs and chores.
3) For cries of 'YAY!' when I realise it's time for a cuppa. And would you look at that, it seems I'm just on time!
📷 Picking our cooker....another nightmare! The dream v's the budget. Being practical v's saying feck it! I've lived with a half working cooker in this rented house for almost 3 years. Who cares about being practical. So it's going to be a range cooker and after lots of searching I found the one, that fits the budget and is a colour I actually love. I love the @lacancheuk range and if we had €5k + to spend on one, I'd go with the navy! But the budget doesn't quite stretch that far....or anywhere near it to be honest! So we have gone with the Slate Grey Elise by @rangemasteruk in dual fuel. (Left middle row) and hoping it will look right against our navy kitchen price wise it's middle of the road between the lot.