Sunday, May 14, 2023

Sunday Salon


Malahide Castle, outside Dublin

On the Blog

Some light verse from Clive James.


A couple of books, but they may yet show up in posts of their own: Seneca's tragedies and Rae Dalven's translation of Cavafy.

One Last Instalment of Ireland Pictures...

A rather dashing Connemara pony. Look at that hair!

The Rock of Cashel. First a castle (1127), later a monastery. Now a ruin...

Choir stall carving at the Kilkenny Cathedral:

Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town:

I was the one who had to go find this statue. Oh, dear. I've probably revealed exactly how old I am. But it was on AM radio at what was for me an impressionable age. The boys are back in town...

New Recipe

My brother has a habit of sending me recipes he expects me to try out & report back. But this one--shrimp and feta in a tomato sauce--was a success:

Hope you had a good week!


  1. I’d love to visit Ireland!
    We must be of similar age, but I don’t think I was aware that Thin Lizzy was an Irish band.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. I'm not sure I knew the band was Irish at the time either. I don't think they told you that sort of thing on AM radio... ;-)

  2. I love your Irish castle dining room! Your trip looks so great! I have really enjoyed my visits to Galway with side trips mostly not far away, so your photos also made me think of things I’ve seen.
    best, mae at

    1. There were definitely more things to see and I'd like to go back some day.

  3. Nice meal and great photos. I was happy to visit the Rock of Cashel in December, many years ago, as there wasn't a crush of tourists. Visiting Ireland in December had locals asking if we were there ot see family as, why would anyone go that time of year.
    I'm enjoying your photos.

    1. The Rock of Cashel's big enough it didn't feel crowded, and April's still a little off season.


  4. The horse is beautiful. I want to visit Ireland.

    1. Isn't that horse spectacular? And such a ham...

  5. Your photos are excellent. I especially like seeing the castle/monastery/ruin. It's a good reminder to me that all things change.

    You are younger than me and music slipped off my radar during my college years. I had to look up your musical reference to the statue.

    You need to put in a link to that recipe, I think. It looks fantastic, and I've gotten into a rut with my cooking.

    1. Let's see if I can put it in a comment:

      Also for some reason, the link only worked on my newer computer & not on my old tablet. (Which as become my cooking tablet...)