WIPs for Summer

It is starting to shape up a bit like Summer around here. We had high temperatures over the weekend – up into the low 20s – and even though the air temperature has dropped considerably to the low teens, we have had blistering sun every day this week. I have a thing for cotton cardigans. […]

FO: Linen Handtowels

Hello again! I didn’t pass the eliminatory round in the competition in Italy so I came home the day after I got the results. I know some people were very disappointed not to pass through to the next round but I genuinely wasn’t. For a start, I knew that I didn’t play well enough and, […]

Si, capito…

My father gave me this great learn-Italian set of CDs and a book from the BBC a while ago. Before I came out, I covered the first section easily enough. I had hoped to do more but was so busy working and trying to squeeze in extra preparation that it ended up taking a back […]


I managed to fly out to Milan on Thursday in between all the ash chaos. I’m not staying in Milan, though. The competition I’m participting in is in a small town about the size of Sligo or Athlone, about half an hour’s drive from the Swiss border. Needless to say, getting here on public transport […]

Bank Holiday Snoozeday

April was a pretty horrendous month, work-wise. I was travelling a lot for rehearsals and concerts. I was teaching in NUI Maynooth – which, although convenient for me to get to by train, is still a fair distance away. Then I had my own lunchtime recital with my duo partners last Thursday and a concerto […]