Posted by: marthabernie | November 28, 2015


P1010689aI took this photo just after the sun came up on October 6, 2013.  It was the day I left Ireland and returned home.  When I stay with my friends in Sandycove, County Dublin, they put me in the room at the top of the house, which was originally probably a room for the maids or other servants.  This is the view out the window, looking west.  The brick building in the lower right is the mews…where each of the terrace houses had their horses and carriage (and probably where the coachman slept).  These have all been turned into apartments of sorts, so that there is a long narrow garden between the house and the mews.  I like sleeping up there since they got their roof insulated a couple of years ago.  Before that, it was VERY cold except in summer.  You can look out the window from your bed and see what the day is going to be like.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 27, 2015

STRAND and PROMENADE, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland – 1953

scan0035I guess times have really changed.  This photo shows the beach and promenade at Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland in 1953, and look at how everyone is dressed!  The men are in shirt sleeves (some of them anyway) so it couldn’t have been too cold when the photo was taken, but a lot of the men are wearing suits!

Posted by: marthabernie | November 26, 2015

Rocky Coast Neat Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland

001aCirca 1913.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 25, 2015

Fantastic very berry no bake cheesecake

Fantastic very berry no bake cheesecake.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 24, 2015


scan0231bThis postcard was mailed  July 18, 1906 from Bray to a Mrs. Fennell at Spring Hill, Carlow, Ireland.  The message read, “I arrived home safely at 11:30 pm.  This is the house that Mr. Twamley is living in.  Hoping you are all well.  Robert.”  A search for the house in Kingstown in 1906 shows that it was owned by William Fry, who died January 12, 1906 and was part of his estate.”

Posted by: marthabernie | November 23, 2015


scan0231aAnother old image of Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) prior to 1922.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 22, 2015

The Mall and Railway Hotel, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland – 1912

scan0231I love all the little boys to the left, sitting on the wall of the river.  They obviously wanted to be in the photo!  Postmarked 1912.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 21, 2015

THE STRAND, TRAMORE, County Waterford, Ireland

001Looking west from the strand toward the town.  This is probably about circa 1900-1905.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 20, 2015

French Toast with Blueberry Compote and Whipped Ricotta

This sounds wonderful!

French Toast with Blueberry Compote and Whipped Ricotta


Posted by: marthabernie | November 20, 2015

GARRARUS STRAND, near Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland

001aGarrarus Strand is located about 2 miles southeast of Tramore.  In earlier days it was a popular place for swimming and for picnics.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 19, 2015

LOUNGE, GRAND HOTEL, TRAMORE, County Waterford, Ireland

scan0044I would estimate this photo to be from the 1930’s or 1940’s.  It shows the lounge in the Grand Hotel, which I think is the largest hotel (still there) in Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 19, 2015

Bayou Brownie Pie. New Music From Calming River.

Source: Bayou Brownie Pie. New Music From Calming River.

scan0231cAnother pre-1922 image.  Kingstown became Dun Laoghaire after Ireland gained independence in 1922.  On the left is the entrance to the Pavilion Gardens.  It is long gone, but a new Pavilion was built in the last two or three decades where there are lots of restaurants and shops.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 16, 2015

The *BEST* Chocolate Cut-out Cookies Ever!!

The *BEST* Chocolate Cut-out Cookies Ever!!.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 16, 2015

The Strand, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland – About 1900

scan0238This postcard image is from The Lawrence Collection.  William Lawrence was a well known Irish photographer who had a portrait studio in O’Connell Street, Dublin in the late 1800’s, and he was also responsible for sending photographers around Ireland, collecting images of people, places and things.  Many of his glass plates of portraits were destroyed in a fire, but the plates for photos taken around the country survived in another location, and they are now housed in the National Irish Archives in Dublin.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 15, 2015


scan0007The Mall, divided by the river, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 14, 2015


scan0231dThis image is pre-1922, it shows the two church steeples of Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) and the Town Hall tower, as well as the East Pier bandstand in the foreground.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 13, 2015


scan0239This is an old view of Croagh Patrick in the background from Rosbeg, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 12, 2015

Mini Cinnamon Scrolls

While I am thinking about it…ABC-TV has borrowed Mary Berry from the Great British Bake Off Show and we will be getting a holiday mini-bakeoff starting November 30.  Four week, 6 contestants, all the baking is holiday related.  Should be very interesting…

Mini Cinnamon Scrolls.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 10, 2015

RAY MARLIN – Early 1914

002dThis is my father, Ray Marlin, taken in early 1914, when he was about 15 months old.  This photo was put on a postcard for mailing, and my grandmother sent it to her sister, Pearl Ferrier Marlin, in Conway, MO.  Postmarked March, 1914 in Marshfield, MO,  it was obviously before my father’s family packed up and moved to Aledo, Illinois for several years.  His hair was black as a child and later as an adult, so it’s interesting to see that it was so light when he was a baby!  This is also the photo that my grandmother had in the locket I was looking at recently.  She cut out his face to fit the round locket.

I was indisposed on November 6, the 103rd anniversary of my father’s birth, so I am posting this a little late in memory of my dad.


Posted by: marthabernie | November 10, 2015

Crispy Honey Mustard Salmon

A link to a great salmon recipe:

Crispy Honey Mustard Salmon

Posted by: marthabernie | November 9, 2015

COLIEMORE HARBOUR, Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland

scan0236This is a postcard image, photo by Willie Rooney, but I have some of my own that I will be posting soon.  That’s Dalkey Island in the background with the Martello Tower on the right and St.  Begnet’s Church ruins in the middle.  There are also the ruins of an old form on the right end of the island, but you cannot make them out well in this photo.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 8, 2015

Sliced Baked Potatoes

Another potato recipe to try:

Sliced Baked Potatoes

scan0235I just recently learned that the stones that the men are standing on are called the Wishing Stone.  The stones came from nearby Dalkey Quarry and they are graduated, with a small stone on top big enough for one person to stand on.  You are supposed to walk around each level, progressing to the top, then stepping onto the last stone and making a wish!  The men are looking toward Sorrento Terrace and Dalkey Island.  The teenagers seem to congregate on Killiney Hill during the day and night these days.  I am going to have to check this out next time I am in Ireland!

scan0234Title is self-explanatory.  You can see that the ruins of the fort on the right end of the island in this view.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 6, 2015



scan0232This is a very early view of to men standing on the right on Upper George’s Street, Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland.  Note the construction going on at the left.  Many of those buildings are still standing, though a shopping center went in at the top right many years ago.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 4, 2015

73rd Anniversary of Richard Marlin’s Birth

Richard Marlin hunting MissouriMy older brother Richard Eldon Marlin was born November 4, 1942.  He would have been 73 today.  He died suddenly in November, 2005 right after my cousin, Judy, died.  It was a bad week that November.  Richard loved to hunt and here he is at the age of 15 in Missouri, December, 1957.  He and my father and brother were hunting at my Aunt Laura McGrew’s farm, and here is Richard with Aunt Laura’s little dog, Sandy.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 4, 2015

Salted Caramel Nut Slice!

Something to try!

Salted Caramel Nut Slice!

Posted by: marthabernie | November 4, 2015

CROAGH PATRICK, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

scan0007aCroagh Patrick is at 2,510 feet above the shore of Clew Bay at Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.  It is one of the most conspicuous features of the landscape in this part of the west of Ireland,  Croagh Patrick is considered to be Ireland’s “holy mountain” where St. Patrick in the year 441 spent the forty days of Lent, on the summit, fasting and praying.  Each year on the last Sunday in July, a great national pilgrimage to the mountain is held, and thousand of people, many barefooted, make the ascent to the little church at the summit.  This is a statue of St. Patrick that stands at the bottom of Croagh Patrick.  Another photo below.


Posted by: marthabernie | November 3, 2015

Lighter Chocolate Cheesecake

Lighter Chocolate Cheesecake

Posted by: marthabernie | November 3, 2015

GARRARUS STRAND, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland

scan0216A couple of miles from the town center.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 2, 2015

BULLOCK HARBOUR – Dalkey, Country Dublin, Ireland

scan0240Bullock (or Bulloch) Harbour, Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland.  Those are traps in the lower left and the tide was low, but not completely out.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 2, 2015


scan0073cThis is my mother’s older sister, Marguerite.  She was born November 2, 1910, and everyone in the family thought her given names were Marguerite Frances.  However, when she needed a copy of her birth certificate well into adulthood, it turned out she had an additional name….Marguerite Lydia Frances Shank.  She was named after both grandmothers…Lydia Margaret Massie Shank and Rebecca Frances Smith McMenus.  Of all my mother’s sisters, I was closest to Marge.  Her daughter, Judy Carol, was like a sister to me as we advanced in years.  I miss them both.  Today is the 105th anniversary of Marge’s birth.

Posted by: marthabernie | November 1, 2015

A Tribute And Peach Cobbler For Selma


A Tribute And Peach Cobbler For Selma

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