I seem to have developed a habit of taking photos of my feet.

Castletown House gardens, 2010

Castletown House garden, 2010

Doolin, 2012

Doolin, 2012

Prague 2009; spying on my friends

Prague 2009; spying on my friends

botanic gardens 2012

Botanic Gardens, 2012

Glendalough 2012

Glendalough 2012; the Fisheye makes me so bow-legged

Gravedigger Pub 2012

Gravedigger Pub, 2012

A LOT of these photos involve my feet in water.  The sea is a huge draw for me; I love the rhythm of waves and overwhelming sound of the surf crashing as it hits the shore. Not kidding, I can quite happily sit and watch water move for an hour and think of absolutely nothing.  Also, if I am near water between Spring and Autumn (so, basically, not in Winter), I must paddle.  

Hook, 2011

Hook, 2011; looks like a Christmas pudding…

Sutton 2010

Sutton, 2010

Donabate 2012

Donabate, 2012

Lahinch 2009

Lahinch, 2009

Aran Islands 2009

Aran Islands, 2009

Cornwall 2011

Fowey, 2011

St Ives 2011

St Ives, 2011

Sometimes I even include friends.

Sunny, 2010

Sunny, 2010

Kinagoe Beach, 2010

Chaz and Tricia, 2010

Sonya, 2010

Sonya, 2010

Laura and Tricia, 2012

Laura and Tricia, 2012

Katie, Chaz and Laura, 2012

Katie, Chaz and Laura, 2012

But mostly, it’s just my feet, somewhere on my journey.

Phoenix park, 2012

Phoenix park, 2012


CoverI got this in The Secret Book and Record Shop on Wicklow Street.  It’s got fabulous colour maps in it which show various locations around the world at multiple points in history, emphasising how things change over long periods, and in some cases, incredibly short periods of time.  They’re modern shaped maps of countries overlaid with older data. Below are a sample…

Ireland, back when Clare was Thomond and Meath was a Province (>1150)

Ireland, back when Clare was called Thomond, and Meath was a Province (>1150)

All the places mentioned in the Domesday book.

All the places mentioned in the Domesday book.

Medieval England (this book is quite England-centric)

Medieval England (this book is quite England-centric)

The lovely little London insert from the above map

The lovely little London insert from the above map

Pre-charted Australia and Paupa New Guinea

Pre-charted Australia and Papua New Guinea

Australia from 1830

Australia from 1830

England Population pre and post Industrial Revolution

England Population pre and post Industrial Revolution



USA Lines of slavery

USA Lines of slavery



USA 1783

USA 1783

Europe 1800 or so

Europe 1800 or so

Europe 1914 or so

Europe 1914 or so

World 1914 or so

World 1914 or so

It’s interesting that this Atlas still calls the First World War The Great War; testimony to its original printing in 1911. Mine is edition ten, from 1964; the Great War Maps are post 1918 obviously, but their titles weren’t changed.

So many maps in this book have led me to trace the history alluded to within- it assumes you know a lot already.  So I now understand what the Domesday Book was, and thankfully, I am doing that research in the Google Age (followed the Holocene Age, didn’t you know?), so its a quick fix. I wonder how I’d have followed it all up even ten years ago (because I haven’t changed, I’d have still needed to know). Google has also helped me trace the original owner of this book- she was awarded it for Outstanding Pupil of the Year. I am seriously debating whether to contact her via her website to let her know I have her book…

End of the Road 2012 may just have been the best in a while. Highlights included:

* The Treasure Hunt (uh-huh!  a treasure hunt!  Oh, appeal to the competitor in me, why don’t you.  And NO, I don’t think it was for children, it was too frickin’ hard.  I couldn’t finish it…ugh)

* Snake Wagon (Seriously, watching a very inebriated member of The Low Anthem throw his money into the audience, because the lyrics of the song everyone else is singing tell him to do this, is beyond funny…)

* Speaking As Gaeilge in the queue for the toilets at the disco-in-the-woods stage.  No I don’t know what we were saying either.

* Dancing ’til the wee hours in front of the  cider bus…mmmm, hot cider….

* Grandaddy (argh! finally! live!).  Grizzly Bear.  Alt J.  The Acorn (an Acorn really, just Rolf Klausener and a guitar).  Patti Smith (I get the hype now).  I Break Horses.  Beach House.  Alabama Shakes (twice).  First Aid Kit.  Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard (twice) and their Sonnet Youth project and History of Punk on the Lower East Side (been a while!).  Lanterns on the Lake.  The Antlers.  William Elliott Whitmore (swoon). Futureheads a capella in the Tipi. I could go on.

* Watching The Muppets in the cinema tent while the rain was torrential outside, and then it stopping just in time for us to get pancakes for breakfast and play Ringo; Music Bingo in the open air at the secret stage.

* Katie drinking ALL the vodka.  Yes Katie, I’m telling the world. 🙂


* Peter Broderick no longer part of the line-up.  What happened, Peter?  Didn’t you know I had brought a crowd to the Garden Stage just for you?  Didn’t you know I’d been singing your praises to all and sundry before discovering you weren’t actually playing? Devastated is not a strong enough word… (s’ok, though, I forgive you; only ‘cos you’re great)

* and that’s all.

The sign for the Woods stage was taken over by hoodlums

As the sun goes down, with Alabama Shakes on the stage

All the years I’ve been going to this festival; all the times I’ve seen peacocks/hens (so many there), and this is the first time I’ve seen chicks!

Early morning sun

Playing Ringo

I got a Lego head-torch at Bristol airport. Best. Purchase. Ever.

I took pleasure from making the Lego man dance…

I got camping matches. They don’t go out, even when your fingers are on fire. Freaky.

As usual, there was a good mix of the arty stuff to keep you occupied when you need a musical break (hmm, who ever needs a musical break? Lets say, “to keep you occupied between meals” instead. Because EOTR is as much about eating and planning your food breaks as it is about music).

Gary described these savoury waffles as tasting “like angels”. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone enjoy an item of food so much…

I mean, just look at that satisfied smile!





Hanging…babies? Angels? Creepy, either way.

close up

Making a feature out of the large soggy spot on the festival site (the result of a manky “summer”).

Mini cardboard EOTR

One of the clues for the Treasure Hunt.

Comedy Stage

This camera is still a mystery to me. The middle distance tent is in much better focus than the odd horsie-men hybrids (it’s the reason for this photo after all, quality tent)…

A metaphor for the weekend that was.

Last years photos can be found here.

Cameras used are Nikon Coolpix S3100, iPhone 4s, Lomo Sardinia, Holga SF and Canon EOS 3000.

I found this at a car boot sale a few weeks ago.

It’s printed on really textured paper that has a quality feel to it-not too sure what type of paper it actually is.  As the logo on the right says, it’s a map of ports visited by P&O cruise ships in 1937.  The other side of the map has the prices listed for these cruises.

Imagine taking a 10 day cruise for £9.  Wow.  I checked that out on an online inflation calculator; apparently its about £500 now. The 22 days first class for £34 is now £1,889.  Am I wrong or this still really cheap?  Anyhoo…  The cruises also went to places I’d never heard of – Zoppot, Katacolo, Immingham, Spezia…. I have looked them all up, and now consider myself educated.

I’d like to know what was this was torn from- you can see the tear marks on the left of the price details, and to the right of the map.

Merrion Square had a “celebration of Art, Music, History, Literature and Characters” in September, and to aid visitors, they produced this really lovely map.  Very simple but highly effective.  Building D is the Irish Architectural Archive at number 45 Merrion Square.  They had a map exhibition on between August and October- maps of Merrion and South County Dublin before during and after building.  My kinda exhibition!


This map is getting tattered from genuine use- it takes a trip to The Burren each year with me when I visit Emma; we choose something marked and go find it.  I saw a TV programme years ago about somebody going around The Burren using a specific map as a guide; it was fascinating  but I remember very little about it bar one thing- A Strange Field.  It was about 2 years later that I realised that I had the map that the person in the documentary was using.  I’d bought it for a few pence in a charity shop.  It is, to date, my absolute FAVOURITE map.  It was created by artist Tim Robinson and can be bought here; he has mapped the Aran Island and Connamara too.  I got the Aran Island map during the summer when I visited Inis Oírr (photos here).

Emma and I visited the strange field.

We also visited the Tobar Dearg marked just below it; found some pretty cool fossils in the rocks nearby.

We also visited here:

Unfortunately, it’s miles into some farmland- we met and asked the farmer about it, he said its well hidden under scrub.    Who’s to say the blessed bush hasn’t gotten all unruly over time and hidden poor ole’ Brigid’s kneeprint…

There was quite a stunning view though.

Another year we visited this place:

It’s a beautiful spot, up really high with gorgeous views.  There are still onions growing wild in the gardens!  And gooseberry bushes too.  You have to walk through a farmyard to get to it; we had no hassle on that day, but Emma has tried bringing someone else there and there are NO TRESPASSING signs everywhere now.  Boo!  Some pictures:

My version of this map is the original 1977 one; Emma has a copy of it too now and hers is the reprint with updated history and more buildings marked; it’s interesting to see how much has changed.

All the pictures here were either taken with a Lomo Fisheye 1 on Fujicolor 200 film, or my old Nikon Coolpix (which I lost last year).  

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