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Another week has almost passed by, with some joyful moments, big and small. One big joy this week has been improved weather! Finally some sunshine, less windy, and some very pleasant days. Still chilly, but not bad!

Photoshoots by the sea

On Monday I went with my camera club friend for some beach photoshoots. We have a coastal-themed competition coming up, and I have absolutely NO ideas. Monday offered nice sunshine, and although very pleasant, bright sunshine makes photos very contrasty. These won’t tickle any photo judge’s fancy, but I still like them because I love waves, I love the sea, and I had such a good time making these.

Everything that is in bloom gives joy!

St Patrick’s day

Yesterday was St Patrick’s day, and celebrations are back! Whether it’s been an unwise choice to remove mask mandates and other Covid restrictions before St Patrick’s day remains to be seen. If we only see an increase in infection rates (which is very much expected) – fine. If hospital numbers and deaths also skyrocket – not fine. We saw the parade in town and honestly, I feel safer inside the pub on Tuesdays! However, I enjoyed the parade and having St Patrick’s day back as more than just a bank holiday. The parade in our little town showcases local companies, services, schools, and other activities. I always enjoy seeing them, particularly important services such as the Lifeboats, West Cork Rapid Response, and this year also Red Cross which I’m not sure I’ve seen there other years. This year they play an important role everywhere, of course.

Back to O’Neill’s bar – again

After the parade, there’s usually a music session in the hotel bar. I may feel ok about playing music in there on a Tuesday night, but not so much on St Patrick’s day considering the huge crowds – plenty of people go in for a coffee or other drink after the parade and the pub is usually packed on Paddy’s day. So we went back to the office, and later my husband suggested we’d go to Butlerstown and O’Neill’s bar to say hello to Mary and just enjoy the day. This was the absolute highlight of St Patrick’s day 2022!

I didn’t know what to expect in terms of crowds but there was only Mary, and a lovely local couple in there and we took a beer and had some good chats. Mary was in good form and looked fabulous. Being back there brought back such nice memories of what life can, and should, be like, and hopefully can be again! Honestly, I felt like being back in 2019. The atmosphere out there reminded me of all the good things about living in Ireland, the people we’ve missed during the pandemic, what we enjoyed most when we first moved here, all the good times spent in that pub with friends. In addition, with its remote location, it’s certainly a refreshing place and especially on this day being there gave such calm. We decided to come back on Sunday night, if all goes well, and play some music like we used to do in the good old days.

St Patrick’s day at O’Neills 2019

Spiders and social media

Some of you may remember this post and my love and fascination for spiders. Some may also know that I’m not a big fan of social media. Ironically I have two Twitter accounts and two Instagram accounts. I have a Facebook account but barely use it, especially after the pandemic started. I dislike it so much but have important contacts there.

However, I’m a member of a spider id group on Facebook, and it’s quite active. Recently I also joined an Australian spider id group. So now, most of my Facebook feed is about spiders. How fabulous is that! I’m learning a lot about Australian spiders. I mostly knew about redbacks, funnel webs, and huntsmen, but now I “get to know” many other species. And I found a British spider association, with a Twitter account. I now follow them, so my Twitter feed is also filled with spider posts. Social media has become so much less annoying to use! When I need to have accounts anyway, I can just as well make it pleasant to browse there!


Over to you… how was your week? Have you had any joyful moments? You do look for them, right? Let me know in the comments!

This post is linked with Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share.

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  • 18th March 2022

    Hi Susanne,
    I do recall your thing about spiders. It makes you one odd cookie, but is all part of your charm.
    I’m not fond of crowds but would love to find a quiet pub in Ireland on St. Paddy’s to enjoy a few snacks or even a meaty meal with a couple of beers and good friends to celebrate being out and about again with. I’d also love to spend some quality time soaking up some of the casual music of Ireland.
    Man! That sounds wonderful.
    Loved your beach shots

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  • 19th March 2022

    Susanne, It’s nice to see signs of spring, beaches and sunshine. Glad you enjoyed your social time at the pub. Toronto has a big St Patrick’s Day Parade this Sunday in addition to celebrations on March 17. Thank you for sharing your joy and beautiful photos with us at #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  • 19th March 2022

    Hello Susanne,
    These sea captures are spectacular photos. I enjoyed reading your post while looking at all the pictures. Recently I was fed up with social media too, simply those channels are much commercialized. Anyway, glad to hear that you could join with an active group.
    Visiting via #WeekendCoffeeShare

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  • 19th March 2022

    Your photoshoot by the sea is wonderful…as our your St. Patrick Day pics.
    Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  • Joanne

    19th March 2022

    I love your seaside photos! I think they are fabulous and do show great contrast between the land and sea. The parade looks fun; I don’t think any of the towns around us do anything for St. Patrick’s day.

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  • 19th March 2022

    Your photos from the sea are wonderful! How I long to go to the sea now. Thank you for sharing them. The infinity of the sea and the ocean is inspiring.

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  • 19th March 2022

    Oh…your ocean shots are lovely! I’m landlocked in the high desert of New Mexico and am longing for a trip to the beach! Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend!

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  • trent

    19th March 2022

    So when you say you are browsing the web, well, we need to take you literally! lol. I’m around the corner from an Irish pub and half thought about goign there on St. Patrick’s Day – I was there at New years – but thought better of it. I’m sure it must be special in Ireland! Glad there was a celebration, but hope no fatal outcome. Looks like a very pretty coast. Cool you got down there with you camera. Have a wonderful week!

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  • 19th March 2022

    I LOVE the ocean shots…and I would have been picking up a few of those pebbles brought in by the sea. Your post is a very uplifting one and I am so glad the St Patrick’s Day was fun and music remains high on your list of loves! Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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  • 20th March 2022

    Love the theme, love the beach photos….nice to be taken somewhere where the sun is starting to shine. It makes such a difference. That joined up with life opening up it’s great for the mind.

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  • 22nd March 2022

    Hi Susanne – how lovely to see you out and about and that the weather is getting warmer for you (it’s finally starting to cool down a little bit here after an extremely hot summer). It’s always fascinates me to see beaches where it’s not all fine, white sand – seeing rocks and darker sand is always so strange – and yet it would be so normal for you. Hope you get to do your pub performance again soon and we get to see some photos. x

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  • 22nd March 2022

    Loved your beach photos. I would love to join a camera club. That would be so much fun. Maybe someday. There are a few things I’ve seen online for photo walks, etc, but they never seem to work with my schedule or they get canceled.

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  • 23rd March 2022

    The mask mandates have been in relaxing in most places in LA but a lot of people continue to wear masks. Since I work in a hospital, our daily hospitalization and ICU rates have declined which is promising.

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  • 27th March 2022

    Thank you, so much, for sharing your joys, Susanne, despite the heaviness of the world. I confess, I have been having a lot of difficulty finding joy in my days recently and it lifts me up to see your words and pictures highlighting some of the beautiful, good things in this world. I also love that you share the natural beauty that surrounds you – here, and on IG – because, well, I do not live in an area with much beauty. There are slivers here and there but they are oh-so-far-between. And, I confess, as much as I love the topography here, and the location, my soul does long for the sea and the mountains. So your pictures of the waves – which, honestly, look as if they are moving! such lovely photos – are a balm to my soul. Thank you. <3

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