May 23, 2013

Seamus Fogarty

I don't know how I've walked my morning walks or pondered my late-evening stewings without the raw soundtrack of Seamus Fogarty's God Damn You Mountain. He's like a dense, ghostly mist rolling in off the west coast or down off the craggy mountains ... with stories to tell. 

The Waterside by Seamus Fogarty; video by Myles O'Reilly.

Seamus Fogarty hails from the west of Ireland and "writes songs about mountains that steal t-shirts, women who look like dinosaurs, and various other unfortunate incidents." God Damn You Mountain was released last year. Obviously I've had my head in the mountains too long to say that I didn't catch wind of it sooner.

Stalker RX:
Seamus on FB where you'll find such insights as "Band Interests: writing songs about eating cake with Phil Collins."
Buy God Damn You Mountain

May 9, 2013

Two Wooden Spoons

In my house, the wooden spoon was used to stir porridge and to rise fear. In the middle of an interrogation, my mother could just reach her hand in the direction of the drawer where this weapon was housed and we would cave. "Okay, I didn't brush my teeth!" By the time we were older and our confessions were of the kissing-behind-the-Cathedral variety, my mother had moved on to the hurley. Can't wait to rehash these stories and more (all of which my mother will vehemently deny down to the ground!) in a few weeks when I go home.
'Till then, a much softer, and sweeter, wooden-spoon association from This is the Kit -- found through RTE2's Other Voices series which I WISH I could watch from here. "Two Wooden Spoons." Not at all threatening. Unless you are threatened by loveliness.

Speaking of spoons, if your own are in need of an upgrade or you're looking to swap out some silicone spatulas for the real deal (because you'll never get a confession with a spatula), check out these handcarved spoons from Etsy seller, The Wood n Stuf, from Stuart Fernie in Co. Clare.

Made from sustainably-harvested Irish wood, sourced from a woodland nature reserve on the shores of Lough Derg. These really are quite lovely spoons – all made to order and all very affordably priced. Great gift for Mother's Day. (Just stand back when she unwraps it ;-))

May 8, 2013

Midweek Madness

This morning I joined a feckless choir of teenagers who howled every time there was a clash of thunder. It was so much more fun than clenching and waiting to be x-rayed by the next flash. The kids howled like wild wolves, fell about laughing in the pelting rain, and then hollered at the sky to give us more. It was exhilarating to feel that bold. That unafraid. To challenge nature. To laugh at its best rumbles and growls. I've had a bit of a crazed feel about me since. Unleashed. Or maybe, unhinged. One of those uns.

It might explain why I just went batty (or rather, baahtty) for Brigid.

Brigid is a friendly hand-knit Irish animal. "As a young sheep she grew up wandering the wild and windswept mountains of Connemara. Cloaked in cloud and drenched in rain, Brigid spent her youth in the mountains poking about in the heather and staying out of trouble. Her two best friends are Fionn the Fox and Liam the Hare, both of whom are a little mischievous."

Don't you feel like you were just struck by lightning when you look at this painfully adorable lump of Irish wool? I have no reason to purchase a €62 woollen sheep beyond a mid-week-mid-life crisis brought on by the old-age-low that came after the howling-high. 

Brigid was created in a collaboration between Makers & Brothers and Irish knitter/designer Claire-Anne O'Brien.