My name is Martha, I live in Pasadena, CA.   I have two cats and three grandchildren, and I love cooking, baking, Ireland, family history, American history, all kinds of music, and a lot of other things.  I hope you will find something of interest here.


  1. Hi, very nice photos.
    I was wondering if I could use the one of Colimore Harbour blown-up really big on the internal wall of a shop in Dalkey? I’m not sure where the copyright claim lies, apparently it is 50years after the demise of the author in Ireland (70years in the States I think). Do you have any idea which newspaper it came from?
    Best regards, and please keep up the Blog!
    Dara (Dublin, Ireland)
    darawork at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for stopping by on my blog! I just subscribed! Looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂 Any plans to come visit? Or when was the last time you were over?

    • I spent two weeks in Ireland last year at the end of March, beginning of April. Had a lovely 6 or 7 days of perfect weather, then snow, sleet, rain and hail! Hope to return in the autumn if all goes well this year.

      • Great to hear .. well about coming back not the bad weather!Let us know if you need any help with planning your Itinerary and don’t forget to head North West if you can! So beautiful up here… 🙂

      • I’ve been going to Ireland, nearly every year, since 1990, and have spent considerable amounts of time in Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. Friends live in Westport, Dublin, Rathvilly and Tramore, so I travel around a bit each trip. Will dig out more of my own photos soon, I’ve put up a fair number of Sligo and Donegal in the last few months. Ancestors came from Fermanagh and Derry, so will be exploring those areas in the next year or two, also.

  3. Hi Martha,
    many thanks for stopping by and following Posts of Hypnotic Suggestion. I really appreciate it,
    all the best

  4. Great blog 🙂

  5. Great blog and such a lot of it. Very busy, great photos and interesting.
    Thanks also for dropping by and following my blog. Much appreciated.

  6. Thank you for the like, it’s very encouraging. Terry

  7. Thanks for like Martha, I really like your blog too. The Mayo photos are fab. Did you ever make it over to Clare Island?

    • No, but it’s on the list. Have been on Achill Island several times.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve enjoyed visiting yours! You’ve got some great recipes posted (I’m always looking for new things to try), and some lovely photos too. I’ll be back. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the follow, look forward to checking out your Blog, 🙂

    • Thanks! I liked what I saw on your blog!

  10. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂

  11. Hi Martha, thanks for liking my post on pancakes. I love the main image on your blog, where in Ireland was it taken?

    • Hi Iain,

      I don’t actually know where the photo was taken. It is a stock WordPress photo but I would suspect it was taken somewhere along the north coast, just not sure where. When I saw it, I had to have it! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Today is my one year anniversary!


      • Happy anniversary. Heres to the next year, congratulations 🙂

      • Thank you!

      • Hi Martha, I may be wrong, but I think its the north coast of Beara peninsula Co Kerry. Beautiful picture! I like your blog 🙂 jo

      • Thanks!

  12. Thank you for liking my blueberry muffins. I love cooking and baking too. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoyed looking at yours. Your recipes sound delicious!

    • Stop by any time…your blog has some great recipes, too!

  14. Haha, I thought you were based in Ireland when I first clicked onto your blog! Love the idea of the contrasting thoughts, pictures and words. I’ve only been to Ireland once but it’s such a beautiful country. I’d love to explore more of the rural parts of it… and Northern Ireland also. Glad to have found you!

    • I wish I were based in Ireland! I try to get there once a year, going again in late September. One of my favorite things is to get in the car and drive the back roads, meandering through places I have not been before. Thanks for stopping by, lots more to come.

  15. Thanks for checking out Life Is Like A Dumpling! Would have dropped by earlier, but I’ve been away. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    • Thanks! I enjoyed having a look at your blog!

  16. Martha, I’m from Conway, Missouri and as the crow flies just a few miles from Marlin cemetery in Webster County, I would love to chat with you come time. I have lived on the Marlin Prairie for almost 30 years now and have just recently became interested in the history. I come in on two sides of the Marlins….. e-mail shockley@websterec.com

  17. Hi, This may sound strange but I think I have Geneva Shanks collection of high school stuff such as diploma and some handmade items from high school parties, cards diploma and more. It was all in a trash can at a yard sale in Apple Valley Ca. most of the stuff is from the 1930′s she graduated in 1936 from Phillipsburg HS. contact me at chuckmorello@live.com

    • I am in Ireland at the moment, but will contact you again when I get home. Geneva Shank was my aunt, my mother’s youngest sister and she was living in Apple VAlley when she died.

  18. Hi Martha, Haven & I returned last month from a 2-week CIE tour of Ireland. Naturally, I am now even more interested in the Mcmanus Family and info on Lawrence & Eli, so have been eagerly reading what you have posted. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Robin, Did you happen to get to Fermanagh? That’s where Lawrence came from. I am going to do the ancestry.com DNA test in the next few months (or have one of my nephews do it since male DNA is more conclusive for some reason) and see if we can definitively connect to Lawrence. I think all clues lead to Eli (Lawrence’s son) having had two families, and our Joseph coming from the first family, but we may never know for sure.

  19. I’m interested to know how you discovered Frescati? I have done research on that building and grew up nearby. The directors of Roches Stores came and went, but their destruction lives on. Well karma is a bitch. They sold the land in the early 1990s, bought it back at the peak of the property bubble for many times what they sold it for. Their entire involvement with Blackrock has been a sorry episode for all involved

    • When I acquired the photo, I just went online and researched. There is a detailed article on Wikipedia and other sites. I first went to Ireland in 1990 and the shopping center came to my attention on subsequent trips. I had no idea there was a house there that had been torn down, though I did wonder about why the shopping center was named Frescati. Was there again earlier this month.

  20. Hi Martha, I grew up in the Phillipsburg area and enjoy your pictures very much. Thank you for sharing them. I am especially interested in the Lonesome Hill School picture. An uncle and aunt of mine should be in the picture. I have been trying to determine which ones are them, and I was wondering if you happen to have the names of any of the people except the two you mentioned.

    • Hi Kay, Unfortunately, I don’t have any other names. There may be other photos of Lonesome Hill School which I have not yet posted, so check my blog out now and then and I’ll see if I can get them up in the near future. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. Thank you for your reply. I’ll be checking your blog for other Lonesome Hill School pictures and also enjoying your other pictures of the Phillipsburg and Conway areas.

  22. Hi, thanks so much for following my blog at: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com. Your blog is amazing and so I will follow your blog too. Have a great week! Betty

  23. Delightful blog – and I am delighted to have found it!

    • Welcome! Glad to have you stopping by!

  24. Hi Martha, thank you so much, I’m glad that you liked my post enough to reblog it. Warmly, Bridget

    • You are very welcome. I like your site as well!

  25. Hi, If you have no objection I should like to use one or two of the images on your site as the background for a learning video for the Mayo Male Voice Choir. Generally these will not be in the public domain but this one “Misty Mayo” I may place on You-Tube.


    Thanking you in anticipation. David.

    • which photo did you want to use?

      • the turf cutter children, the quay with Nephin in the background and your photo of Nephin taken from the river These will only be seen by the choir members in the learning aid and are not publicly available. That probably constitutes private use, but I like to ask.

      • ok.

      • Thanks

  26. Hi Martha – over the years you have posted quite a number of pictures and historical notes about Dun Laoghaire/Kingstown. I am attempting to put together a new structure for posting items of local history in a site called “Annals of Dun Laoghaire”. It’s a structured wiki site in which anyone can post items about people, places, and events in Dun Laoghaire.

    It has been set up in the past week. At this early stage, it is little more than an empty shell waiting for people to post their text and pictures. I’d like to invite you and yours to have a look and if possible to start posting. Find it at http://www.dlannals.wikia.com

    • Thanks for the information. I will take a look when I get a moment. Feel free to use any of the photos I have posted here on the blog. Would just appreciate a mention back to this blog if you do use any of the photos. I have a lot more to come also.

  27. Thanks, Martha

  28. Oh Martha, I just read your article about the town in Ireland where Maeve Binchy lives (somtimes) and you wrote this article years back and in 2013 your wrote..the late nights with lots of red wine are over…..I stopped in my tracks…worried…I am a grandma..mother..wife….freelance lectures…and I suddenly wonder, are the late nights over for good ;-)??? I don’t like the idea… Lovely writing, thanks. I used to live in Northern Ireland for a while and have toured the south as well. Now I live in Germany…Greeting from Germany Ruth

    • Well, in my case, the late nights are not so late any more … LOL!

  29. Yes, you are right, but with the grandchildren small, even my kids turn in early ;-). I’ve only just realized that Maeve Binchy has passed away two years ago, I’m reading one of her books ..which led me to your blog. Kind regards

    • Hi, My name is Tom, and I live a few miles from Maeve’s village. I had the privilege of meeting her on her last public outing just a short while before she died. She was in great form despite the fact that she had various physical problems. Our meeting was at a local pub as part of the Dalkey Book Festival. Dalkey is the village where she lived. Attached is a photo I took on that day. Slán Tom

      • Thanks for sending it along. I met her a couple of times at Finnegan’s Sorrento Pub, which is right next door to where she and Gordon Snell lived and she was always gracious despite the fact that I interrupted her lunch with friends.

    • A lot of my Irish friends married and started families late, so when I first started going over in the early 90’s, small kids getting up early in the morning definitely put a damper on how late we stayed out at night. Then we all just got older and decided the late nights (and red wine) were not worth it! LOL!

      • Hi – I saw the lovely old postcard of Westport you put up (of the Mall & hotel). I’m working on a book, an illustrated history of Westport, for Westport Historical Society. Could you email me please as I’d love to know if you have a good copy of that image? My email is oldwestport@gmail.com. Had you ancestors who came from Westport?

      • Will do.

  30. Lived in Pasadena for 10 years on Prescott Street. Glad I found your blog. Will be back to explore.

  31. Thanks Martha. Delighted to have found your intriguing blog. Looking forward to more reading. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

  32. Hello Martha 🙂 🙂

    Just to say thank you for all the post visits and likes and its great to see some local Kilkenny images on your site !!!
    🙂 🙂

  33. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to following yours! I love looking at the photos of Ireland.

  34. Thanks you for stopping by and following my blog. I’ve really enjoyed reading about Irish baking on yours. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog also.

  35. Hello Martha, thank you for taking a look around my blog and following..:D I want to visit Ireland as long as I was a little girl, because it looks soooo beautiful and I hope I will maki it there one day..:)

  36. Love the photos! Awesome! 🙂

  37. Hello Martha, thank you for following. My husband’s mother is Irish (Patricia Doren) and my grandmother was as well (Violet Kelly). I enjoyed seeing your beautiful pictures.

  38. Dear Martha, thank you for following my blog. I am sure I will find lots of interesting reads on yours too so I will be looking forward reading more =) Have a lovely day! Greetings from Italy!

    • THanks, I look forward to your blog posts, too.

  39. Hi Martha, thank you for following my blog.
    Nominated you for an award. Check it out 🙂

  40. Hi there! I just wanted to pop by and say thank you for following my blog 🙂 Your site seems to be so full of interesting reads, I look forward to having a proper read through. Thanks again and happy blogging x

    • THanks, I’ve been looking at your blog also and it looks great!

  41. I ‘m looking very forward to exploring your blog; I like, just from scrolling through your archive titles, the fact the you write about more than one subject; can’t wait to see how they all tie together, but I’m fairly certain they will, in one way or another, and if not I’m sure I’ll enjoy your writing. Thank you.

    • Not sure everything ties together but since I experience all these things, I guess I am the link.

      • We all are, aren’t we? The ties that bind also free us. Sometimes it’s nice to be a human being. My family and I are really enjoying your blog. Thanks.

      • Glad you are enjoying it. I came across your blog on a link from another site.

  42. Hi Martha, thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I will definitely have to have a look at your Irish baking 🙂

  43. Thanks Martha, for your photos. We’ve got a stock certificate from the Farmers State Bank in Phillipsburg that our Great-Great (+/- a ‘great’) grandfather bought in 1909. Sure was fun to see the bank, especially since our last name is now Wilson;)

    • Would you mind scanning the stock certificate and sharing? I know others would like to see it. My great grandfather William Harvey Shank was president of the bank in the l920’s. You can scan to:

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