Thursday Doors

News from Jean’s part of the world…

Jean Reinhardt

I’ve been a bit hit and miss with my posts lately and with getting out of the house to capture some new Thursday Doors but I still have a few beauties from my last trip to Blackrock that I’d like to share with you.


Danny Hughes & Son on Main Street in Blackrock is where my daughter bought her electric guitar. The shop is home to Beat It Music and sells vintage, second-hand and new musical instruments and equipment. It even has a music school on the first floor. In the past, it was a seaside shop, selling buckets and spades, tourist souvenirs, religious items and ice cream. My grandparents had a similar shop a few doors up, so it would have been sacrilege to buy an ice cream from him but I do remember buying a black plaited wig that I even wore to bed for a while, I…

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Thursday Doors – Vintage

Automotive memories…

Jean Reinhardt

Some unusual Thursday Doors this week from a huge vintage event that was held at the Cavan Equestrian Centre last month. I reckon a lot of love and a ton of elbow grease went into producing the fabulous shine on these cars.

It makes me feel old to think we once owned a Mini and felt cool to have a fairly modern car, lol. By the time we bought a Beetle they were considered retro. Sadly, it never made it onto the road but our children had a great time driving it around the acre of land that we lived on at the time.

Next week I’ll step even further back in time with a few more vintage beauties. Thanks for stopping by and if you carry on over to Norm’s blog, you’ll find a wide and varied selection of Thursday Doors on offer. Click the blue ‘frog’ link…

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Greek Mythology: “Eros and Psyche”.-

Sit up straight kiddies,its time for you to absorb a drop of cuture…

La Audacia de Aquiles

►Greek Mythology: “Eros and Psyche”:


psy “The abduction of Psyche” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1894).



The myth of Eros and Psyche was originally a story by Apuleius, written in the 2nd century BC.

The Greek name for “Butterfly” is “Psyche”, which also means “Soul”. 

Hence Psyche represented the soul, being as she was an extremely beautiful Princess from Sicily.

Being jealous due to men’s admiration for Psyche, Goddess Aphrodite asked her son, Eros, to poison men’ souls in order to kill off their desire for Psyche.

But when he intended in vain to do that, Eros also fell in love with Psyche.

As Psyche was single, her parents became so desperate because of their daughter’s destiny and had no choice but to ask for an oracle, hoping that they would manage to solve the mystery and give a husband to their daughter.

The oracle said that Psyche would marry an ugly beast…

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Words in the Park 2017

More from Eva in Canada

Beyond the Precipice

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the annual Words in the Park event was held at Spark Gallery in Sherwood Park during the Alberta Culture Days weekend.

Over 32 authors authors attended. There were several book launches, an author readings corner, art displays, music, Scottish dance, food, interactive sessions, kids’ activities, and an appearance by Choo Choo the clown. The book fair and sale included a free prize draw.

Check out the slide show and video below!

This special event celebrated the 10th anniversary of Alberta Culture Days and Writers’ Foundation of Strathcona Country as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary with the release of this unique book: POSTCARDS FROM CANADA (Dream Write Publishing).

Can be purchased from Dream Write Publishing

Author Mandy Eve-Barnett’s prize basket for the book launch of her newest book, THE TWESOME LOOP.

Photo by Mandy Eve-Barnett

Many thanks to Strathcona County Library for the pick of…

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Dog Days of September

Walkies anyone? 😉

Beyond the Precipice

Harmony Valley Park Off-Leash Area in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada is a wonderful place for dogs and people. In the slide show below, join Howie the beagle, my sister, and me on our morning walk through fields and forest.

This is Howie. He’s 11 and he’s very beagly.

Slide Show: Dog Days of September

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PTSD and people want to know

Everybody loves cake. I’m no different. 😉

the red ant

We’re coping.

Life will never be the same again.  Yep, of course not.  But, coping.

Had 2 birthdays in the family since;  Wildest One’s and my mother’s.  So my artistic oldest took on the task of creating a birthday cake for each:


It reminds me of the advice I was given when she herself was a toddler and I was trying to make her pretty birthday cakes.

Someone said, the kids don’t need the sponge cake underneath.  Just the icing with the theme on top – that’s all they eat anyway.

Fondant tastes yucky.  I think they put glue into it, and plastic.  So these cakes were more for looking at than eating.

Here is the 7th birthday cake Iain made for our oldest (I baked, he decorated) :


Please remember to keep an eye out for someone who could take our 2 kitties.  Still no luck finding them a…

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For the love of GOLD

Ali loves gold. Don’t we all…


When I first visited the National Museum of Archaeology in Dublin, I was stunned by the sheer amount, and quality, of ancient gold artifacts on display… there is a whole floor  of the stuff.

My youngest son, who was about 8 years old at the time, scrounged my phone and busied himself taking photos of it all… he couldn’t believe what he was seeing, either!

Now put Ireland and gold together in the same sentence, and most people immediately think of pots of gold at the end of a rainbow guarded by a little red-bearded man dressed in green. *shudders* Ugh! How I loathe that little creature.

But here you go. The word ‘leprechaun’ is derived from the Old Irish luchorpán. The leprechaun first makes its apearance in an ancient medieval tale known as the Echtra Fergus mac Léti (Adventure of Fergus son of Léti). Fergus, King of Ulster…

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