March 28th, 2013

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Kitsnaps: Church of Ireland, Killarney

Church of Ireland, Killarney
Church of Ireland, Killarney
Killarney looks like someone went around to American tourists, asked their opinions on what a charming Irish village should look like, then came back and purpose-built it to suit those imaginary visions. It’s absolutely beautiful and I genuinely recommend any tourists to Ireland go there, because it truly does look just as one imagines Ireland *would*.

It’s also the only place I’ve ever actually seen a Lamborghini.

I don’t know if I have a picture of the Lamborghini. It was 20 years ago, the first time I came to Ireland, holy crap, that *was* twenty years ago, as I turned 20 while here!) and we’d hired bikes to ride around on for a day and saw a really fancy Corve…that’s not a Corve…what is that…? and went to look and good heavens, a shiny red Lamborghini! But I don’t know if I was brave enough to take a picture of somebody else’s car back then. If I ever get the Great Photo Scanning Project really underway, I’ll find out.

This, however, is the Church of Ireland. Churches of Ireland are not nearly so rare as Lamborghinis, but they do make nice pictures on a beautiful sunny day. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Recent Reads: How To Grow More Vegetables

I ran across this title while poking around the web for self-sufficiency zombie apocalypse sorts of things, and found it highly recommended, so I thought what the hell, and bought it.

I’m not even a gardener (though I have ambitions), and even so, this book was really just completely fascinating to read. I have no idea if everybody would find it so interesting, but wow, I’d think if you have any impulse toward (food) gardening at all, you want to read this one.

I mean, they’re selling a product, to a degree, and you can’t forget that while reading it. OTOH, they have actual step by step instructions on digging out a gardening bed, and on building a compost heap, and…really, it was just a really interesting read, which I totally didn’t expect.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Recent Reads: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I haven’t read this in decades. It still works. :)

I was a little surprised at the fairy tale qualities that I didn’t remember from childhood, but even so, they were less Fairy-Tale-Weird than most, er, non-invented? fairy tales. I mean, fairy tales make no sense at all in terms of “Oh hey, a glass mountain, oh look, a magic flying saddle appears to help me climb it!” Right, but, er, why did the magic flying saddle appear at all? Where did it come from?

This makes slightly more sense and is slightly better supported than that. :) But it has more fairy tale qualities than I remembered.

I’d also just flat-out forgotten that Dorothy is a much younger girl in the book than in the movie, which made me think about what the movie would’ve been like if Shirley Temple (6 years Judy Garland’s minor and the originally-intended star of that film) had been cast, which has nothing to do with the books, but nevermind that. :)

Anyway, it’s still charming, and I’m kind of looking forward to re-reading the next ones, especially OZMA OF OZ, which was one of my favorites as a child.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)