Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR - CHRISTMAS STRAWBERRY MOMENTS - STEVIE WONDER - DEPARTURES





DEPARTURES

I look back to the space 
Where your tired face once shone.
Cobalt eyes steeped in promise
Like the roses....since gone.

I think back to the space
When I first heard the voice.
Velvet bass spiked with heartbreak
Without love....no rejoice.

I still dream of that space 
Where your heart bored through mine.
Sequinned soul stripped of passion
Reasoned things....final crime!



Maureen Walsh - December 31st 2012



I WOULD HOPE THAT DURING 2013, THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES ENGAGE A LITTLE LESS WITH THE HEAD AND MORE WITH THE HEART. REASON WITHOUT PASSION AND HUMANITY IS MURDEROUS!!!

WISHING ALL MY FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ALL CREATURES THAT DWELL ON PLANET EARTH AND BEYOND, A VERY PEACEFUL NEW YEAR FILLED WITH MORE LAUGHTER THAN TEARS!



Christmas Strawberry Moment - Emma's birthday dinner - Lily-Mai's restaurant, Thomastown, Golden.

Want to share this song, which might be said to be about departure, just because I love it! My daughter Katy reminded me of that, as she sang it so simply, yet so beautifully at the fireside. Those and so many other Christmas strawberry moments are locked away in my mind's treasure chest and will be taken out and polished many times after she and Emma have departed for Canada and London once more! 







Ciao for now!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

DANNY BOY, MORECAMBE AND WISE, AND OVEREATING!




Well off to bed and still full. So full I don't think I shall be able to sleep. Santa brought me a collection of Morecambe and Wise; two very very funny English comedians. They would be of the same ilk as Tommy Cooper....daft, but I just love them. I bragged yesterday about my daughter Katy's baking prowess and so's not to leave out my daughter, Emma, I am sharing a you-tube link of her singing Danny Boy at a recent concert in Tipperary.

Oh God, I am so stuffed it's just not funny. Going to have to abstain from food tomorrow, and somebody....please hide those Lir chocolates....please!.Gaviscon here I come!





Ciao for now!

Monday, December 24, 2012

KATYS' MINCE PIES

Just eaten two of these scrumptious mince pies with cream and a Lavazza coffee. Mmmmm.....delicious!!! Katy is a pastry cook par excellence! 




Ah well just going to get the donkey ready for the final last trek into Tipp, Golden, and Cashel. More people to see....more steamy kitchens to sit in with coffee and cigarette....more chin-wag and laughter!


Ciao for now!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

CHRISTMAS CAKE, CAROLS, CHOCOLATE CARAMELS AND CHILDREN




Christmas officially started for me today. My daughters, who flew in from London and Vancouver, Canada during the week joined myself and the youngsters from my group Class Act Theatre Productions to sing Christmas carols on the Main Street in Tipperary town for the Donkey Sanctuary in Liscarroll, Co. Cork. My talented bunch, who finished a run of ANNIE the Broadway Musical two weeks ago stopped passing cars, vans and trucks with their enthusiastic singing and expectant faces. Horns were blasting and drivers dug generously into their pockets to give, as the lights were on red. The children got a real buzz from that. The joy of singing Christmas carols was contagious as mums and grandmothers opted to stay, as did other passing Christmas people, who couldn't resist the temptation to burst into song.




There's something about singing carols at Christmas that is so uplifting, but when children are added to that mixture, we have snow on the Christmas tree; red berry on the holly, icing sugar on the mince pies, brandy on the Christmas pudding and baby Jesus in the manger. However, I do get slightly miffed when I hear people say that Christmas is really only a time for children. Of course to see the innocence of their little faces as they look out of the window in search of Santa and his reindeer before climbing into bed on Christmas Eve is pure magic, but surely Christmas is a time for the child that lives in the heart of us all no matter how many years we have lived or how many roads we have travelled. 




AND my Christmas cake has gone into the oven and should be ready around 4 am., and as my girls have gone partying and I'm taxi-driver whenever my phone rings, everything has worked out rather nicely. It has also given me an excuse to sit down and blog. I know, its late in the day to be throwing the cake into the oven, and my REAL cake buff friends are horrified and tell me that it needs weeks....months to mature and season. EVERY year I say I am going to be more organized and bake the cake in September, almond paste it in November, then ice it a few days before Christmas, but for some reason it never ever happens in spite of  all my best intentions. Shucks, I will be icing it on Christmas morning as usual. Maybe that should be one of my New Year resolutions. Having said that, and on my own behalf (one has to do that now and then), it seems to delight my gorging gang!




Ah well time to check on the cake and dip into the Quality Street for the chocolate caramels. Then I'll put the finishing touches to the wreath for the front door! Fun...fun....fun! Still wishing it would snow though, or at least, that Jack Frost would pay us a visit!



Ciao for now!

Friday, December 21, 2012

HAPPY CHRISTMAS




Wishing all my friends and those who dip in and out of my thoughts, a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Fruitful New Year!




CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING


Wipe your feet and just walk in
Everything's where it's always been.
Flames in the hearth, candles lit,
Pull over the chair where you always sit.

Take off your shoes, warm your toes,
There's love in your heart, the sparkle shows.
Making a wish as you close your eyes,
May it come true by early sunrise!

Maureen Walsh December 24th 2010 ©





Still one of my very favourite contemporary Christmas songs. Lyrics stand on their own as a piece of poetry.







A firm handshake, an arm around another, a hug, a kiss, a smile, and a kind word cost nothing. If they come from the heart.... there
is no greater gift!





Ciao for now!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE GALTEE MOUNTAINS CHRISTMAS GLORY

On my way home from Lisvernane school today after rehearsing the Nativity play for tonight's performance, I drove through the Glen of Aherlow towards Tipperary town. Passing the Hail Christ statue on my right, I turned to look at the Galtee Mountains lying to my left and gasped with absolute joy! In over thirty years of looking at and climbing the Galtees, I have NEVER seen them like this. I was mesmerized. Just wished I had a camera to capture the full 180 degree vista.










You'd have to be there really!



Ciao for now!

STORMS




STORMS

The ocean slammed the rocks....
They hadn't fished.
Would it always be like this?
Two heats, two paths, two streams
Squandering seagull's screams.
But storms are necessary aren't they....?
For the calm.



He slammed the door....
She hadn't finished.
Would it always be like this?
Two minds, two souls, two hearts
Two continents apart.
But storms are natural aren't they....?
For the calm. 

Maureen Walsh - December 2012





Ciao for now

Sunday, December 16, 2012

CLOSE T0 YOU






CLOSE TO YOU

The hawthorn that flourished round the lilac tree.....
Mine?

The swallow that returned for the Summer's spell.....
Mine!

The blackbird that warbled on a thorny hedge.....
Mm...ine!

The pheasant that lamented  for the loss of his mate.....
Mm...i...ne?

The moonlight that burnished a charcoal grey roof.....
Mm...mm...ine!

The north wind that blistered an old worn out song.....
Mm...in...e?

The field mouse that moved in to make babies and eat....
M...m...mine!

The north star that burgled the ink from the night....
MINE!

The arrogance of wanting it to be just for....
Mine...mine...MINE!

Why do the robin and wren guest in your garden....?
Do they long to be close to YOU....?
Or the worm....in the apple!





A little blast from the past. The Carpenters performing Burt Bacharach's Close To You






Ciao for now!