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About The Moles

Although moles hold no particular attraction for us, when we moved to Tasmania in 2003, we lived in Mole Creek. With hopes of fitting in sooner rather than later, we embraced the name in our e-mail account. Now that we are heading off on our globe-trot we thought we'd maintain solidarity with moles and even give them an outing, hence the curious id.... -And since Annie's late Mum, Gwen, was pleased to call herself Molesmama, she's coming too. Not lost on us is the marvellous ambiguity inherent in the word and the notion that very little is known about these small, sleepy, dark-dwelling creatures....

A Xmas in Sicily…a winter hideout

Italy, like Greece, objects to austerity. So when our flight to Italy from Ireland via London was delayed 5 hours thru national strike action in Italy, we readily agreed with Union Italia that austerity sucks… Milan turned on a cold, … Continue reading

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After our U.S. odyssey we let our inner Celt have her Banshee head. She’d been weeping and wailing for Ireland the whole time since we’d left the Dingle Peninsular six weeks before, having spent only a single intriguing day and … Continue reading

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From Big Easy to Bootleg…..

  Mississippi River running sweet and wild, running like a slippery dip, aslidin’ side to side, dancing Dixie round the Basin, jelly-rolling round the waist in hot cuisine of New Orleans our Mamas never got to taste like catfish over … Continue reading

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Nibbling the Apple…..

  Our “cosy in Brooklyn” loft was full of charm and lots of pre-Halloween welcoming goodies. It sat atop a traditional brownstone-fronted apartment in a tree-lined street with flower pots on the front steps. Never mind that we were the … Continue reading

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beware of the risen people…

English dominion over Ireland, dates from the 12th Century, when Ireland still comprised small, brash, warring Gaelic-Norse kingdoms, and while its Celtic character had yet to fully engage with St. Patrick’s already five centuries-old gift of Catholicism. Why the English … Continue reading

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“If you’re Irish, come into the parlour…..” But who’s not? Not even a wee bit?

We arrived in the North by ferry from Scotland en sharpish route to spend a week in coastal Donegal via Belfast and Derry. With limited time, and being very near the Belfast Botanical Gardens, we decided to go there, where … Continue reading

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Och aye the noo….C’mon the Great Scots!

Now folks, just a wee bit a history-in-a-nutshell:….When Romans ruled Britannia from the first Century AD, Scotland was never entirely part of the package. Those lands were the province of the indigenous Picts/Picti (meaning “painted people” – no, too early … Continue reading

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