Building a Granny Flat (Day 3)

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Photos from Friday.  Everything is ready for the blocklayers to start on Monday. I can’t believe the progress that’s been made.

Just as well the builders put that fencing up though.  Yesterday morning I completely forgot about the construction going on at the side of the house, and gently reversed until I heard a ‘clang’ at the rear of the car.  Oops!

Thankfully no damage was done to either car or fencing. Could have been a LOT worse.
Granny flat extension

 

Granny flat extension

 

Granny flat extension

 

Granny flat extension

Building a Granny Flat

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Finally works have started on the granny flat. The builders arrived on Wednesday and set up, and I’m amazed at the progress they’ve been making. Today is Friday, the foundations have been poured, and the block layers are to arrive on Monday.

This was the site at lunch time on Wednesday (Day 1)

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

…..and by that afternoon….

the digging had started

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

 

Unfortunately it’s not until you go making holes in the ground that you realise exactly how the building is going to go.  It seems that a large section of the ground contained a lot of rubble, which resulted in a discussion that evening on the suitability of the ground and how best to proceed.

New word for Day 1 – Lean-mix (Yikes)

Of course, I can’t hear these things and not be expected to worry.  When the builders arrived the next day I fretted in case the work would stop, tools would be thrown down, and the decision made that nothing could ever be built on the ground.

But it didn’t stop.

Thursday Evening (Day 2)

Granny Flat Site

Granny Flat Site

 

It’s amazing to see the transformation over just two days.

 

Note:-

Plans and design by John Cloonan, Chartered Architectural Technologist

Building works by O’Gorman Construction (Ardfinnan) Ltd.

 

Photos from Abbey Island, Caherdaniel

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Following on from our visit to Glasnevin Cemetery a few weeks ago, and our tour of Daniel O’Connell’s crypt, I thought it would be a nice idea, while we were in Kerry on holidays, to visit Abbey Island and the burial place of Daniel’s wife, Mary O’Connell.

Derrynane House

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Fun you can have with a fish tank

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I’m trying to get some use out of my Canon 7D, and I really need to learn more about the different settings and functions on it, and a lot more about light….and everything really.

So, as well as returning to the local photography club (which I intend doing next week), I decided to embark on some photography lessons too.

Last night was spent taking photos like this.

Orange original

And then, this morning I had some fun editing this photo in Photoshop to produce this.

Orange

I like the end result, although it’s a completely different end result from the photo I saw on Facebook to promote the photography lesson.  I can fully appreciate that everyone has different views on something like this.  When I showed Ally this image she didn’t know what it was, so in a way I wonder have I pushed the editing process too far.

All comments and critique welcome as always. 🙂

Bread and Butter Pudding

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This delicious pudding is a great way of using up stale bread.

It’s cheap too, and a whole lot tastier than toast!

Bread and Butter Pudding

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Chocolate toffee and peanut slices

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These chocolate squares are delicious, and SO simple to make.  Trust me – I don’t do complicated (at least not where the oven is concerned).

Photos in this post were taken with my iPhone, by the way, and the first one was taken in the evening, so they don’t actually have that yellowy tinge off them.

Chocolate Square

Ingredients

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Rock of Dunamase

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If you’re driving the M7 from Dublin to Portlaoise and you’ve an interest in photographing old ruins, then you could do worse than to take a detour out to the Rock of Dunamase.

At the top of the rock are the ruins of Dunamase Castle.  The castle dates from the 12th century although the rocky outcrop was the site of a fort that was originally constructed in the 9th century.

Rock of Dunamase

I’d been threatening to visit the site for as long as I can remember seeing the signpost for it pointing off the M7, and I finally got the chance a few weeks ago as I was on my way back from Dublin. Continue reading

Derek Landy book signing in Limerick

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I brought Bláthnaid to Limerick last weekend to have her copy of ‘Skulduggery Pleasant – Last Stand of Dead Men’ signed by the author, Derek Landy.

I *had* to bring her. When she’d heard the book had been released she was into Easons in Clonmel as fast as I could drive her there (without breaking any speed limits of course).  The books had only been delivered that day and she had to wait while a box was opened especially for her.

That’s dedication, surely.

So off to Limerick we went last Sunday and queued for an hour to meet Derek and to get Bláthnaid’s book signed, similar to the way we’d queued in Cork last year.

Bláthnaid

The last time Bláthnaid met Derek she didn’t have any questions for him as she was so nervous.  This time when asked if she had any questions she came out with ‘Why?’

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Bunmahon Copper Mine, Waterford

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We went for a spin last weekend and took in some of Waterford’s Copper Coast which I always thought was named after it’s beautiful sandy beaches.  I never knew that there was an entire copper mining industry in the area in the 1800s.  Maybe I can be forgiven for this considering I’m technically a ‘blowin’.

Driving through an area called Tankardstown we came across these buildings, which are the remains of the old copper mine that operated there from 1850 to 1879.

Bunmahon Copper Mine

The Dublin Mining Company had moved their operations to Tankardstown in 1850 and business reached its peak in 1865.  This however was followed by a steep decline and eventually in 1879 all the engines were sold for scrap and the buildings fell into disrepair. Continue reading

Dulce de leche cake

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This cake is heaven on a plate.  I made it for the first time at the weekend after discovering it in Rachel Allen’s ‘Cake’ and it was absolutely delicious.  It’s very sweet and quite filling, so a little will go a long way.

For those of you who asked for the recipe after I posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter, here it is: Continue reading