Halloween (Part II): We scare because we care!

IMG_1320I know lots of countries have their own traditions and celebrations around this time of year. Here in Ireland we celebrate Halloween in a uniquely Irish historical context. The festival was first celebrated as a pagan festival back in 100 AD when the Celts marked the season of Halloween or ‘Samhain’, an old Irish word meaning the ‘end of Summer’. The belief was that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life. Continue reading

Al Fresco Entertaining.

snack timeSo, the forecast is good. I don’t know about you but whenever we have good weather for a few days by the time I get around to organising having people over to dine al fresco, it rains. Well no excuses this week! Continue reading