The Peapod and Pearl



Songs-of-the-day, coffee shops where the coffees are decorated like animals, the odd inspired thought – it’s all here.


Hey amigos,


Just a quick one today as I’m run off my feet at the moment. I’m about to go and donate blood as a matter of fact – the Give Blood service is in college today and I’ve wanted to donate for ages and have just ever had the time on the ‘Donation Days’ in the main center, but now I have no excuse. I shall be going alone, unfortunately – my two potentially Blood-Giving friends are unable to attend: one has spent time in Zimbabwe in the last year and so could have a touch of the Deadly Mosquito about her, and the other has a spot of Mad Cow Disease having spent time in England during trying times.

Still, off I shall trot at 2 o’clock.

Continue reading “Halloween”


Your Autumn Songbook

This is becoming a bit of a habit, isn’t it?

Still, a new season calls for a new playlist, and I absolutely love listening to these mellow tracks on my merry way to work or stuck in the horrendous traffic between my house and college of a morning. Autumn is my favourite season – partly because of the colours outside, partly because of the cosy clothes you can dig out of the closet and partly because of the nippiness in the air which whispers – dare I say it? – ‘Christmas is coming.’

Continue reading “Your Autumn Songbook”

The Everyday

Hello again! This is a bit more of a wordy blog post. More thinky and what I hope is a bit of food for thought.

I’m the kind of person that likes to almost constantly be ‘on the move’. Not necessarily flitting from country to country or city to city, but in general I like to have something ‘going on’ all the time. Continue reading “The Everyday”

Back Down South

Good day from the English countryside, chaps!

Well, I’m currently sitting at the table in Mum’s house, listening to Bruce the Whippet crying for his fourth walk today and the third episode of the I.T. Crowd this evening. It was a swift turnaround, getting back to Dublin and promptly hopping on a plane to Liverpool, but there you go. I’d just had a whimsical week in the West (of Cork – which is in the south. But couldn’t miss out on that alliteration). Nothing like some time at home home to bring you down to earth (and feed you up good and proper). Continue reading “Back Down South”

Honey, I’m Home!

So, I’m back on Irish soil for the foreseeable future. How exiting! The excitement has actually died down significantly since the surprise entrance – basically I’d been planning an early homecoming (only a few days early, but still) which everyone knew about except for Jack Continue reading “Honey, I’m Home!”

Swoonin’ and Pontoonin’

Happy Humpday, chaps.

I’ve just woken up from a midday nap after watching the latest (very stressful) Game of Thrones, which was my post-exam treat after this morning. Watching Game of Thrones as a treat is like going on a weekend city break with an over-enthusiastic sight-seeing friend, eg, you need a break to get over the initial break.

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Your Monday Sing Along*

*You needn’t sing along, but you may do if you so wish.

Nothing I like more on a study break than cranking up the tunes and giving myself free reign to bop haphazardly about the apartment, or croon along into the bathroom mirror, if it’s a slower number. It’s a very nice stress release. Also – and I don’t think I’m the only one who does this – but I tend to apply most songs I listen to, to a ‘movie moment’. Everyone does that, right? I love picturing the scenes that go with the song. What can I say, I’m a very visual person. Continue reading “Your Monday Sing Along*”

Vienna on a Shoestring

When I first announced that I was moving to Vienna for a year, one of the first things people said to me was “Ooh…Vienna’s quite expensive though, isn’t it?”

Well the answer is it’s only as expensive or as affordable as you make it. Obviously there are some incredibly fancy and pricey pass-times that you wouldn’t exactly be doing every weekend (the Schonbrunn Orchestra, for example…unless you’re lucky enough to catch it for free one night sitting on the hill!) but there are so many things you can get up to without the fear of emptying your account. Continue reading “Vienna on a Shoestring”

Veggie in Vienna

Good morning, and happy Saturday!

Am currently in bed dosed up on pain killers for a lock jaw situation which we won’t delve too deeply into right now. But for the last while I’ve wanted to do this foodie post on the best eateries/snackeries in the city here, for any budding Vienna-comers or food-fanatics alike. Continue reading “Veggie in Vienna”

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