I remember growing up that there was a chocolate cake made with mayonnaise, but I am not sure if it’s the same as this:
Update as of 2-4-16: The person who now lives next door at 5 Vesey Place indicates that Number 5 was owned by the Shirleys about the time this photo was taken…so instead of visitors from afar, the photos were taken when the neighbors came to visit. As far as known, Paul McGuinness still owns the property but it has been leased.
NOTE: Since posting below a couple of years ago, I have was contacted by someone who said he stayed in this house several times and that it was owned by Paul McGuinness, the former manager of the Irish band, U2. Don’t know if that is still the case, but thought I would update. I bought these two photos on eBay. They were pasted into a photo album and there are other photos on the reverse side of Somerset and Cornwall, England. Also a Mrs. Halliwell in Bournemouth. I bought the two photos here because they show the back garden and visitors at Number 6 Vesey Place, Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland. The ladies standing from left are Miss Chafy, Mrs. Hugh Chafy and Mrs. Arthur Shirley. I did a quick search on the Internet and found that Hugh Chafy’s mother’s maiden name was Shirley, so these are probably English relations getting together in Ireland for a summer holiday along the Irish coast. Or perhaps they were visiting a friend or other relatives…?
The second photo from left is Miss Chafy, Mrs. Arthur Shirley, Commander A. Shirley and Mrs. Hugh Chafy, and both photos were taken in August, 1903.
I searched out 6 Vesey Place in Dun Laoghaire and drove by the house, which is still standing, of course. There was no place to park on the street, so I did not try to contact the inhabitants to give them copies of the photos. But perhaps another time I will mail the photos ahead of time and see if I hear from the present occupants. It would be wonderful if the house is still owned by descendants of the Chafy and Shirley families, but I think that’s a long shot.
This is an advertising card for the Royal Marine Hotel, Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland. I love the list of amenities down the left side…electric lights, baths on all floors, etc.
This shows the railway line to and from Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), County Dublin, Ireland. You can see the steam coming out of the engine and the man who has stopped his cart to gaze out at the Irish Sea.
Here is a photo taken in Kerry, Ireland on my way to the Dingle Peninsula. I saw a sign for ruins and turned off the main road just as some sun started shining through the clouds…enough to create a wonderful rainbow, with another one barely visible above it on the right. See more rainbow photos below. Click on the photos for larger, clearer images.
I won an office competition a few years ago with this recipe. Use Granny Smith or other tart apples. I am going to list the recipe below as I got it from All Recipes Magazine. However, I did change it up a bit (see notes below).
APPLE BRICKLE DIP
1 – 8 oz brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 – 8 oz package toffee baking bits
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
Beat together cream cheese, brown and white sugars, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Stir in toffee bits. Pour lime and lemon juices over sliced apple to prevent browning. Serve dip with apples on the side.
NOTES: I cut back on the sugar here by putting in only 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 4 oz toffee bits instead of 8 ounces. I also added some finely chopped toasted pecans, and stirred in one tablespoon lemon juice and one tablespoon lime juice into the dip in addition to using the juices on the apples.
When I first visited Newbridge Silver, the showroom was a tiny little building. They have since expanded, putting in an upstairs museum of style which has dresses owned by Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and others, as well as a restaurant, SILVER. The showroom is also much larger. They have been in business since 1934 and are one of Ireland’s leading labels. I have some of their silver plate and a few pieces of their stainless steel that I use for every day. I have collected some of the vintage pieces over the years, but my favorite things I’ve purchased there are their reproduction knives and pastry forks. I have some very old Irish silver that I use from time to time when I set a formal table, but alas, the knives rarely survive due to the blade rusting where it fit into the bone or other handle. Newbridge has come out with a couple of patterns that copy old styles yet are modern and work very well with my antique flatware. Photos below from my last visit to Newbridge.
Here are more photos taken in October in Kerry Ireland in the Annagh churchyard. This is the new section of the cemetery. The photos of the ruins and old part of the cemetery will follow in the next few days. Click on the photos for larger, clearer images.
This is another in a series of postage stamp photos which belonged to my great aunt’s daughter. No idea who the young lady is, but look at her collar and the corsage or decoration on her left shoulder.