February 2017 – Irish Impressions

Dear friends and readers,

We all need to keep our promises. About seven years ago, our niece Rebekka asked us to celebrate her 21st birthday with her – in a pub in Ireland.

As you can see – we did not disappoint her.  🙂

We started the day with delicious breakfast at the Bernard Shaw Café Bar:

“A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away!”

We took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) to Skerries:

Skerries by the sea:

Rebekka, enjoying her birthday pint of Guinness – Peter’s Pub (http://www.peterspub.ie/)

The next day comprised a visit to the Leprechaun Museum (http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/)

Even if it seems like just another old building – it is always worth a visit.

Peace, dear friends and readers.  ☘


Ireland 2016 – autumn

Dear readers,

Once again we followed Dublin’s call – as we often do this time of year.  :mrgreen:

In addition to the usual strolling, Wolfgang and I showed Elfe some ‘new’ places.  Among them:

Bray, seaside (within 20 minutes!)





Skerries Mills, seen from the DART



Skerries, South Strand



Glasnevin Cemetery

One inscription left me awestruck:

Do not stand by my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am a diamond glint in snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry. I am not there… I did not die.


Song of the day: The Light in the Window (The Henry Girls)



Tell me was it you by the window darling
Won’t you tell me was it you?
& When we saw the light that night
Oh tell me was it you?


Was a late September night when we went out walking
While you were laying there, they were saying prayers for you
Many years before we walked here together
And your gentle voice still lingers in my soul


Tell me was it you by the window darling
Won’t you tell me was it you?
& When we saw the light that night
Oh tell me was it you?


Wish I had the chance to tell you I love you
All the times that you were lost and on your own
And if I had the chance to tell you I love you
I’d remind you that you never were alone


Tell me was it you by the window darling
Won’t you tell me was it you?
& When we saw the light that night
Oh tell me was it you?


The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth, 2016-04-20

We received our tickets for The Henry Girls concert early, meaning some weeks full of impatience and anticipation. We had visited The Henry Girls’ previous concert @ the Kulturforum in Fürth on 2014-11-13 as well (The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth). Of course, our friend Markus joined us for the fun; he had attended The Henry Girls concert in Nuremberg (2013) with us and also loves their music. After our trip to Ireland in March, Elfe was keen on visiting this concert, being a true fan of harp music.

Markus had booked a table at the Kulturforum’s restaurant – a wise decision as it is no secret that the food is fantastic, guaranteeing lots of diners. Elfe, Wolfgang and I arrived a little early, spent the time talking about the past swing concert and the upcoming event. A little while later, the door opened and in came The Henry Girls and – Markus! Karen, Lorna and Joleen spotted us immediately and chatted with us for several minutes.

The concert started on time, briefly introduced by the organiser.

We listened to…

  1. December Moon
  2. Ol’ Cook Pot
  3. Sing My Sister Down
  4. Couldn’t Ask For More
  5. Falling in Love Again
  6. Slow Down
  7. Watching the Detectives
  8. Here Beside Me
  9. Early in the Morning
  10. The Garden Where the Praties Grow
  11. The Light in the Window
  12. The Weather
  13. Sweet Dreams
  14. O’Harlan’s Farewell to Music (instrumental, harp)
  15. Don’t Call Me Honey
  16. The Rattlin’ Bog
  17. Farewell
  18. So Long but Not Goodbye

    As a bonus, The Henry Girls performed these songs:

  19. The Farmer’s Song (How Do You Know?)
  20. Boogie Woogie Love


Afterwards, Markus had to catch a train – some quick hugs and he was gone. I had promised Elfe a signed CD – another great opportunity to chat. We left with the promise that I’d get ‘my’ song next time.

Whenever there is an opportunity for you to visit their concert – you won’t regret it. Karen, Lorna and Joleen are awesome musicians and love to interact with the audience, including a personal chat and goodbye.


More about The Henry Girls:

Irish Spring (Roth, 2012)

The Henry Girls (Nuremberg, 2013)

The Henry Girls @ Kulturforum Fuerth



Official videos:


This time, The Henry Girls did not perform Dúlaman.
As some of you certainly love this version as much as I do…  :mrgreen:

Dúlaman  (song only, and the picture)


March 2016 – Irish Impressions, #5

Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Westmeath

“An excellent day out with a difference. Belvedere House Gardens and Park offers something for young and old.

Open daily, all year round, visitors can enjoy over 10 km of safe and serene walks, a Georgian Villa, a Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden, 3 Children’s Playgrounds, Gift Shop, several picnic areas and a licensed café operated by Catoca Fine Foods & Giftware. Whether you are part of a gardening group, historical society, active retirement association, family gathering or group of friends, a visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference. Annual Membership also available.”  [Source: Belvedere House Garden & Park brochure]

I took these shots on March 8, 2016 – three hours well spent.


Additional information:

A café with tasty meals/snacks and beverages – enjoy!

A lovely gift shop – isn’t this leather-bound notebook the right (birthday) gift for a writer? (even 2 days after her birthday)  😉


This concludes our Irish impressions – an exciting 5-day-trip. Thank you for joining the fun.  :mrgreen: