Saturday, April 21, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Steps

Irish dance steps

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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Biking - Saturday Photo Hunt - Hobby
The story to go along with these photos is on my main blog Sláinte ~ It’s only Me

Happy Saturday!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Foto Pherrets ~ Spring

~ Spring

See that chickadee? A sure sign that spring is in the air. Happy Hump Day Pherreters!


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Sunday, April 08, 2007
Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!

For more Easter fun please go to Slainte ~ Its only Me

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Saturday, April 07, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Clean

Look NAMA! All clean!

Her Mama is gone to Scotland for the week with her friend who is dancing in the World Irish Dancing Competition.

Consequently she's been sleeping in our bed.

Little Wiener!


posted by Irish Church Lady :) @ 1:53 AM   16 comments
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Foto Pherrets - Happiness

I seem to recall they were both pretty happy that day. Second cousins to each other, having just met that day and sharing ice cream together.

Cian always made me laugh on that trip to Ireland because whenever we had to travel in the car anywhere he would always say "Which car is Séana going in? I want to go in the car with Séana".

What a kid. He is 8 or 9 years old now. I'm sure has changed lots.

Unfortunately, most of my Irish relatives are not hooked up on the internet so I don't exchange pictures or emails or anything like that. Only phone calls, which I need to do more of. This weekend for sure! It's Easter after all!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Foto Pherrets - Bored

You have to be BORED to spend all the time I did doing this! Just kidding! To see more about what this is for and why I did this please go here .... Cyber Cruise Hat Parade


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Saturday, March 24, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Empty

empty bottles and empty heads

taken in Australia by my daughter

flip over here where I empty my head

about what's been goin' on this week


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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Foto Pherrets -

Sharing a story at the pub, in Crookhaven, West Cork, Ireland


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Saturday, March 17, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Drink

Me special Irish St. Patrick's Day post over at


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Thursday, March 15, 2007
Thursday Thirteen #84, my #34
Cead Mile Failte
(A Thousand Welcomes)

On Saturday Photo Hunt my architecture shot was of the Cathedral in and the Palais du Rhin in Strasbourg, France. Well I found so many interesting things about the city (beautiful photo here), that I thought I would turn it into a TT.

I have been there and I loved the city. Here is one of my favourite shots of the buildings in the area called Petite France, where buildings like this are a common site. Here's the same building from Wikipedia.


  1. Strasbourg is part of the Northeastern area, known as the Alsace region of France.

  2. It has a population of 650,000 and is right on the border of Germany.

  3. Strasbourg became part of Germany and under German rule a number of times in it's history. (at least twice if I am counting right!)

  4. During a dinner in Strasbourg organized by Mayor Frédéric de Dietrich on April 25, 1792, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed "La Marseillaise", the National Anthem of France.

  5. As a result of the Franco-Prussian War, in 1871 Strasbourg was annexed to become part of Germany in 1871, without a referendum, via the Treaty of Frankfurt.

  6. As part of Imperial Germany, Strasbourg was rebuilt and developed into what was referred to as the Neue Stadt ("new city") including a newly constructed museum and library.

  7. Following the defeat of Germany in WW1, the city was restored to France, again without plebiscite / referendum. There was little structural damage to the city as a result of the first WW.

  8. Having been part of Germany for 47 years, Strasbourg remained heavily German-speaking well into the 20th century and Germany continued to covet it under Nazi rule.

  9. Following the Fall of France in 1940 during WW2, the city was annexed (yet again) by Nazi Germany. As one of the first official acts, the new rulers burnt and razed the main synagogue that had been a major architectural landmark and one of the largest in Europe since its completion in the late 1890's.

  10. After the war, Strasbourg was returned to France. There was extensive damage to the city caused by the Anglo-American bombers during raids in 1944, one of which was allegedly carried out by mistake.

  11. On November 22, 1944, the city was officially liberated by Général Leclerc, a major street now commemorates the day of liberation.

  12. In 2000, an Islamist plot to blow up the cathedral was prevented by German police.

  13. On July 6, 2001, during an open-air concert in the Parc de Pourtalès, a single falling tree caused one of the worst disasters of its kind in history, killing thirteen people and injuring close to hundred.
Voilà ! My photo montage of the city ... enjoy!

Bet you thought my TT was going to be all about Ireland for St. Patty's Day ay?

Happy St. Patrick's Day all you Thursday Thirteeners! - Trippy Text

P.S. Mrs Lifecruiser is having a V-cruise starting on Friday March 16. What's a V-cruise you ask? A virtual cruise!! Some call it a Cyber Cruise. Read all about it here and here.

Yours truly is hosting it on March 20th at a surprise destination port! Mysteries abound!

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Saturday, March 10, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Architecture


  • Also known at the Straßburger Münster, (translation Our Lady's Cathedral) building commenced in the 12th century and was completed in 1439 and at that time was known as the World's Tallest Building at 142 metres. It remained the tallest church in the world until 1880.

  • It is known as a fine example of late Gothic architecture.

  • During the reign of the Jacobins (left wing political club from the French Revolution) many churches and cloisters were either destroyed or severely damaged. The cathedral lost hundreds of its statues (later replaced by copies in the 19th century) and there was talk of tearing its spire down, on the grounds that it hurt the principle of equality. The tower was saved, however, when citizens of Strasbourg crowned it with a giant phrygian cap, (think elf) now long lost.

Speaking of architecture, here is a photo that I took of the Palais du Rhin (Imperial Palace) in the area known to have the most German influence in the development of the city that is one of the largest fully preserved landmarks of 19th century Prussian architecture. It is the most political and thus heavily criticized of all German Strasbourg buildings and epitomizes the grand scale and stylistic sturdiness of this period. Here's the wikipedia shot.

So in researching the importance of these shots I was reminded of all the interesting information about the city so I am writing a Thursday Thirteen on it.

Come back here on Thursday for Thursday 13 for interesting facts about Strasbourg!

You'll learn all about the French and German roles in the development of the city

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Foto Pherrets - Bird(s)


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Saturday, March 03, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Salty

He looks like a cow named SALTY to me! Can't you just imagine where that big tongue has been?

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Oh dear

My sisters new Puppy Crosby on the left and his sister Winnie on the right. Aren't they adorable? They are Miniature Golden Doodles.

The owners of Winnie have allergies and have to give her up. My sister has taken her, but is now having second thoughts because of what she has read on the internet about raising puppies together.

Her first hand research she has done (talked to dog club presidents, vet etc.) have been more positive.

Anyone have any experiences they can relate? Advice good or bad?

- Dog


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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Soft

Me nephew, Crosby
a Miniature Golden Doodle
photo taken at eight weeks


posted by Irish Church Lady :) @ 7:57 AM   17 comments
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Foto Pherrets - Walk
Walking back to the car at beach in Inch, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.
(left to right Uncle Fred, Mum, Auntie Annette, Séana)


posted by Irish Church Lady :) @ 8:54 PM   3 comments
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Saturday Photo Hunt - Antique

Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is antique (finished in 1345) and full of antiques. It was built in an age of illiteracy (imagine that) and so the the cathedral retells the stories of the Bible in its portals, paintings, and stained glass.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia - on December 2, 1804, after the anointing by Pius VII, Napoléon seizes the crown from the pontiff and crowns first himself, then Josephine, at the cathedral.

Here's the link to the actual Cathedral website. (not the easiest website to navigate!)

I can get lost on the web looking up things. Just so many interesting places to go and read.

Don't you find it's so much more interesting visiting a place when you know some of the history and the stories about it either by researching first or hearing a guided tour?

( ICL )

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posted by Irish Church Lady :) @ 8:13 AM   17 comments
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Me Mum (RIP) goofing around at Ardfert Abbey in County Kerry Ireland, July 2005.


posted by Irish Church Lady :) @ 8:13 AM   1 comments
Saturday, February 10, 2007
... but not their spirit

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