Hello and welcome to my blog.

My name is Karen and I live on the Leitrim border with my lovely husband and two terrific kids. No two days are the same which keeps me on my toes.

It’s been a quite a while since I started blogging so I thought an update of my  bio was due.

By day I work in Adult Education and by night and during my free time I like to read, write, knit and plant vegetables and spend time with people who stimulate my creative side. People who make me think and question things. Life is short and I intend to spend the free time I do have as productively as I can.

Over the past few weeks I have purged my house of unwanted clutter and in the process I have purged my mind of unwanted thoughts that where holding me back. The energy here at Crabtree Cottage has changed, for the better.

I started this blog a few years ago after quite a few people suggested that my childhood memories and escapades would make a good blog.  So I tentatively began to tell the story of Mammy Byrne and the trails and tribulations of Karen Byrne, young pup, growing up in Navan. Angel in school, devil at home. Probably the story of many young Irish kids! I wrote for fun and while the stories are true they are based on my slightly biased recollections of events. Mammy Byrne is one of the  best Mammys ever and I am lucky to have had her in my life.  I really don’t know how she survived my youth!

Blogging seemed like an ideal way for me to  gather my stories together in one place so that friends  could dip in and out of them if they wanted to. My Dad died when I was 11 and there are times that I sit and try to remember stories he told us of his childhood, time he spent working at sea, his experiences serving in the Army in the Lebanon. As I get older my memories become faded and diluted. I suppose writing a blog was a safety net as such. If my children ever wanted to know about me they could sit and read my blog posts. I felt  it was a convenient way to store my childhood memories in one spot.

I never for one moment expected them to be so well received or imagined that they would be read in far off lands. I really appreciate that people take the time to stop by and read them. I am always delighted when someone leaves a comment. It’s a lovely sense of connection.

I have been going through a transition at the moment and so has the blog. I’m not exactly sure the direction the blog will take next. I would love to hear any suggestions you might have. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, feel free to leave a comment. I really would love to hear from you.

Slán agus beannacht,

Karen x

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. ~Henri Bergson


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