Sunday 27 March 2016

Happy Easter

Picture from a recent visit to Kilmacurragh Arboretum..

I'm in Bray today, about to have some lamb..

Saturday 26 March 2016

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Thursday 17 March 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Last year's shamrock as I've no diddle-e-i stuff, this year =)

I'm enjoying a day off at home with the kitties, watching birds on the patio, etc. My personal nature channel =D

Saturday 5 March 2016

Something pure and beautiful to soothe your soul

I had never heard of Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh, until tonight.. Wow..

Give yourself a beautiful experience that will touch your soul - mute any other sounds you might have around you, start this video (below), and close your eyes.. Well, the special part starts from about 0:54..

Генадий Ткаченко в Грузии

I collected some related links, and posted them on Facebook - find them here..

There are no words to describe how that made me feel.. It was heavenly, primitive, pure, angelic.. Give it a try.. ♥

Monday 29 February 2016

RIP anonymous rodent

Now that I finally have a moment, after an extremely busy afternoon and evening, I'd like to say something about the...

Posted by Stella Stenroos on Dé Luain, 29 Feabhra 2016

Sunday 21 February 2016

Some videos from Friday (I had a day off)


I had another Friday off, hoping to take some small plane pictures in Newcastle, but it was cancelled again.. So, instead, a spin from Bray to Cullenmore, Laragh, Glendalough, Ballymore Eustace, Blessington, Sally Gap, and back to Bray.

Between Cullenmore and Roundwood

Wicklow Mountains, between Blessington and Roundwood

On electricity meter readings - and bills

I'm with SSE Airtricity, and they send reminders to submit your meter reading, before the next bill. They give you three days from the reminder, to submit the reading, or else they'll guesstimate your reading, and bill you for that - if it's too much, it'll be reduced from your next bill.

Fair enough, but I'm just wondering how they estimate your reading, if you haven't submitted your actual reading..

For example, I usually DO submit my reading, so I'm billed for exactly the electricity I've used.

However, before my previous bill, I forgot to submit the reading, and as my previous bills had been about the same, I expected the estimated bill (in late December) to be about the same as well.

But no. As you can see, below, the estimated bill was WAY more than my usual bill!

I was not impressed, especially as that time of the year is pretty heavy on your wallet, anyway, with Christmas presents, and other Christmas and New Year related spending..

Yesterday, I got the reminder for my February bill. I've just submitted it now, and I'm STILL not where they estimated my electricity reading to be, three months ago!

Well, the positive side is, that I won't have to pay anything now as I've already paid it in December, and there will still be a little bit money left, towards my May bill..

But how the fuck did they decide to bill me for that much, in December?!? What's the estimated billing based on? Obviously, not on your billing history as in that case, my December bill would have been much smaller..

Thursday 14 January 2016

Gone too soon - all these beautiful voices, leaving us..

Early Monday morning, I was on my way to Bray to see my GP, driving on the M50, listening to Radio Nova, when they announced that David Bowie had died..

I just could NOT believe it.. =(

I still can't believe it!

Although I'd never have described myself as a "David Bowie fan" as such, I still always admired him on so many levels.. He was intelligent, elegant, eloquent.. His voice was velvet.. Whatever he did, seemed so effortlessly cool..

Seems wrong, that he had to leave us so soon..

Today, I had the living room TV on SkyNews as I was peeling spuds in the kitchen, about to make chips.. I couldn't really hear much, just the odd word, every now and then..

After a while, I'd heard Harry Potter films mentioned a few times, and I was starting to put random words together, getting the idea that some actor might have died, and whoever it was, might have appeared on Harry Potter films..

I even thought to myself, well, as long as it's not Alan Rickman..

Then, I thought, OMG, it's never Alan Rickman?!?

I had to stop my spud show, and go have a look..

It was Alan Rickman..

I can NOT believe, Alan Rickman has died..


His Snape was the only reason why I ever watched any Harry Potter films.. (OMG, hot..)

His voice was velvet..

David Bowie and Alan Rickman were both 69, and died from cancer..

Just.. Sad..