After it was hit by the Beast From the East, the Emerald Isle looked like it had fallen into a deep sleep…

Most of the roads were not passable. People had to walk to get to the supermarket. They met each other along the way and talked about whether this storm was worse than the strong winter they‘ve had in 2010. Well, conversations were seasoned with a good portion of humour, too: Jokes about how living is not much different compared to 100 years ago or that the private helicopter was not available at the moment. 🙂 Even the dogs had their fun: they were able to run on roads without any traffic and jump into and out of the deep snow.

Since about 4 years, we are living in this small village (population of about 500). By now we know quite a few people here. However, we haven’t had such a good time of funny and lovely talks in years. The community helping each other was great, too. Once the guys were able to get out to shovel the snow, they not only cleared their own but also their neighbour’s footpath and driveway.

Blizzard or not, it had been special when time in Ireland stood still…

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The White Isle

Missy and Rapsy at the beach yesterday morning

No, this blog isn’t about The White Isle, Ibiza 🙂 It’s still about Ireland, The Emerald (Green) Isle. However, over these last eight days the isle has been covered by a mass of snow like the islanders haven’t seen in decades…

MapAlerter* and the weather forecast warned about a severe weather change for Wednesday, 1st of March. But the Beast From the East arrived early, just a day before spring (which, in Ireland, starts on the first of March). Missy remembers, that on Tuesday a couple of snowflakes made their way into her garden…

At night time road conditions were treacherous across the East, the drivers were advised to use extreme caution. Strong easterly winds made their way across Ireland on Wednesday and the next day the weather changed into a real blizzard.

That Thursday, the 1st of March, the people were told to stay indoors over the next 24-48 hours since it would be an extreme and life-threatening weather condition and not to be taken lightly. And it kept on snowing and snowing…  It didn’t stop on Friday!

Rapsy wasn’t going to watch that snow coming down any longer.

And both dogs weren’t so sure about going outside…

The County Council advised not to travel, as the roads were under a significant depth of snow and all routes were extremely hazardous. Another extension of the weather warning, code level red, was issued and to be valid until 9am Saturday the 3rd of March.

Guess what? Even during bad weather, dogs will need to go out to do their business. 😉 By Friday Rapsy and Missy started to like the snow and were having fun running on the snow-covered roads of the village.

Code red warning turned into a code orange by Saturday morning with just a few more snowflakes coming down. Later on the sun came out, the temperature began to rise and the snow stared to thaw. More roads were cleared of snow and many were accessible for 4×4 vehicles.

However, two days ago the people were still warned to use extreme caution while driving as many of the roads were still only one lane wide. Living in Ireland, where from (beside radio and TV) can you get details of road and weather conditions? Check out:

*MapAlerter – You can sign up there and get free alerts from Irish local authorities by app, email and/or text messages. They are also on social media.   

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Susie‘s Strudel


I finally got around to make Apfelstrudel and today I will share the recipe with my friend Susie and you. No, it‘s not an Irish recipe. However, our Irish friends enjoyed the Strudel with custard on Monday. 😉 Actually it‘s from Austria. I think you will like it, too.


  • 200g margarine/butter (about 1 cup of melted butter)
  • 100g brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml milk (3/8 cups)
  • 400g flour (about 2 cups) — I‘ve used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1kg Braeburn apples (about 5 large ones)
  • 50g raisins / dried fruits (1/4 cup)


  1. Mix flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter with brown sugar.
  3. Add egg, then milk — blend well.
  4. Stir in flour mixture.
  5. Form doug into a ball. Let rest for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle a good portion of flour over a dish towel and place dough on top.
  7. Roll dough into a large rectangle (as thin as possible)
  8. Spread washed, peeled and chopped apples and the raisins/dry fruit along the longer side of the dough.
  9. Fold in about 2-2.5cm (1“) of dough on the smalles sides.
  10. Using the towel for help, roll the dough (longer side) — always checking that it did not get stuck to the towel.
  11. Carefully place on baking sheet lined with baking paper. Shape a bit on the sides and/or top — make it look more like a rectangle 🙂
  12. On top, cut small lines onto the Strudel and then bake at 180 C (350 F) for about 30-35 minutes.

Serve with vanilla custard (sauce) and/or vanilla ice-cream and or whipped cream.

Guten Appetit! 🙂 

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