Kitchen Confidential Part 1:The Big (triangular) Picture

0022No blog posts for a while due to work constraints so forgive me if I blast these three in a row. If your desire is to lose pounds or kilos while you are in your kitchen then by all means put your fridge, hob, and sink as far away from each other as possible when planning it. If however, you do not want to run a half marathon every time you cook a meal, then opting for the efficient “work triangle” is the best option. You see, it really is the measure of kitchen efficiency, creating the ideal work flow. You simply trace a triangle between the fridge, hob and sink and you get the best working kitchen possible. Ideally the distance traveled  in total between the three should not exceed 6 meters (c.19’8”) (if you are being picky then an equilateral triangle probably works best, but it still works well if one or two sides are longer than the other.) Continue reading

Do you have designs on your future career?

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Is there a designer lurking inside you? Or someone close to you? If, so, listen up! it’s never too late (or too early) to learn. I have taught for many years in the Design Department of Blackrock Further Education Institute (formerly Senior College Dún Laoghaire, SCD) on a variety of design subjects. Over the years the courses have evolved to suit the changing needs and interests of our students. Continue reading

The Joy of Text

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I recently paid a visit to the National Print Museum. It’s located in the Old Garrison Chapel of Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin. It is a working museum and the day I was there they were doing demonstrations using the big old machines that used to churn out our newpapers, books and posters. Continue reading

Architecture: noun, verb, technical person or profession?

le corb 1Are you an architect? Or, should I say did you study architecture? The two are not mutually inclusive it seems. When I was 16 or 17 and thinking of a future career I don’t think there was quite the level of navel gazing or working out where my future might lie as there is now. No visits to colleges, no talks from industry, no transition year. I just decided in a particularly uninformed and unscientific way that I wanted to study architecture. Continue reading

Through the keyhole .

IMG_0063 1Back to the house refurbishment story where I endeavor to show you the before, during and after of various rooms in the pigeon house. This week it’s the entrance hall at garden level. Continue reading

It’s not all black and white.

chalkIt’s official. Chalkboards have left our classrooms. In their place are white boards. Squeaky clean but without the squeak if you know what I mean. And then of course there are more and more of the fancy interactive types, linked to your computer and capable of even talking to you. Well it seems to me that just as soon as chalkboards left our classrooms they took up residence in our homes! Continue reading

It’s a wrap!

IMG_2517 2It’s December 22nd 2013. Only 3 sleeps to go! Hopefully most of your present shopping has been completed and all that’s left to do is lots of wrapping of gifts and placing them under the tree. If you have done all that but still haven’t managed to buy your wrapping paper then don’t rush out, just do what I plan to do and dip into your green (recycling) bin. Continue reading

Mother-in-laws-Sprouts

sproutsIf you read my previous post you will know that I am not a fan of Brussels sprouts with my Christmas dinner. The nasty after taste. The “just one on your plate”, which always turned into more than that. It’s not that I haven’t tried. I have. Even Delias “Brussels Sprouts with Riesling and Bacon” turned out (in my humble opinion) to be a waste of good wine and bacon. A couple of years ago I stopped doing them altogether as they always ended up in the bin. My mother-in-law has never forgiven me. This year she is our guest again. (don’t get me wrong, she is very welcome!) Continue reading

Countdown to Christmas…

P1010840It’s hard to believe that I have managed to make it all the way to mid-December before mentioning the “C” word. For me Christmas is all about traditions and memories. Remembering our own and creating them for our kids.

Taking down the boxes of decorations, the “discussions” regarding which traditions from our own childhood should be continued when my husband and I have different memories. So I asked my family to brainstorm things that make Christmas for them so I could compile an A to Z. There were some letters with tough competition to win the spot, others were easy because some things just had to be included. So here it goes. Continue reading

When Pad came to town.

padThe first time my Dad (Pad) came to see the house (site), he came prepared. Mentally I mean. He gets us. The madness of it all. He has seen what we can do and believes in us. So when I rang him one evening and told him we had an offer in on a house I should not have been surprised when I got a phone call the next day. He called to say he was sitting on the steps outside the house and was I in the neighbourhood? Continue reading