Mindfulness meditation and movement workshop

This Sunday, in Skibbereen…


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The next courses

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

This 8 weeks program teaches mindfulness as a skill to deal with the stress, pain and difficulties that are a normal part of life. Eight 2 ½ hours weekly classes and 1 full day workhop

Next course: 9th April in Skibbereen


Mindfulness in daily life

An introduction to mindfulness meditation and other practices to invite ease and well-being into your life. 4 classes of 1 ½ hours starting

13th March in Skibbereen


Meditation and Movement

6th April 2014 – from 10 am to 5 pm

West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen

A day of mindfulness Meditation and gentle Yoga and other delights to relax your body and de-stress your life, reconnecting Mind and Body

With Frances Hassett and Paola Vais

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

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La prima alla Scala


Alfred Eisenstaedt – Prima alla Scala 1934




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Just one picture…






For more  check my flickr page – not all the pictures are good but…


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Land Art

A recent discovery, I’m mesmerised by Richard Shilling‘s work… click on this:


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Autumn morning

Autumn morning

trying to catch the rainbow…


after the monsoon....


after the monsoon…





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Mist … and cakes

The lake is as beautiful as ever, it is Sunday but very few people are out – this is what I really like about the end of the summer…

Terri Kearney’s  book Lough Hyne:  From Prehistory to the Present , about this magical place is fantastic, and can be found  here, from Skibberreen Heritage Center.

Lough Hyne


I walked to Barlogue pier – the same place where I took the header photograph.


And these are two cakes I made for a little girl christening

Crostata di frutta

Crostata di frutta,  no need to write the recipe, a basic sweet shortcrust base, pastry cream and fresh fruit.

And a Chocolate fudge cake


The recipe used is from Nigella Lawson : www.nigella.com

The cake is moist and rich, and the buttercream is the best I’ve tried so far – I usually do not like buttercream, always too sweet but this one uses dark chocolate instead of cocoa. I think the big mistakes about buttercream is that too many people making cupcakes (which by the way I can’t stand – they may look pretty but you’ll never see one here) use salted butter or –  even worst – margarine.

Since I do not have the right size tin for the recipe, and I felt too lazy to start calculating volumes and make conversions for the tins I have, I searched online and found this really brilliant tool:

The CakeOmeter

One only needs to type in the ingredients and tin size of the original recipe, and the size of the new tin and in one click the scaled recipe is there!

The website, Cakebaker  has recipes, books, and more tools like the price calculator – and also apps that allow you to cost the cake, calculate how much frosting/icing you’ll need and more!

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One of my four favourite seasons ….


The woods are brightened up by  berries, the air is crisp and fresh and…

Apples and Blackberries are back!


Apple and blackberry cake

300 gr plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

100 gr butter

100 gr sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

3 apples: here I used 1 Bramley and 2 small red ones – cox I believe…)

some blackberries

2 tsp cinnamon mixed with 1 tsp muscovado sugar

Preheat the oven to 180˚C

Grease and flour a 25 cm cake tin or a skillet

Peel and cut the apples the way you like them – I did eights.

Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar. Melt the butter. Mix eggs and milk and add to the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Stir and make sure there are no lumps of flour.

Pour in the prepared tin, stick the apples in the batter, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and bake for about 30 minutes

It keeps well for at least 5 days.

At sunrise

At sunrise

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A dream…

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