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Fly Catcher [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:24

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

Shadow the cat.

Atop Melview where Cromwell's Big Guns sat [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:22

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

On the north side of Clonmel.

Interview with My Mama Knits, Hand-dyer

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:14

Over two years ago, I reached out to Sunshine Stewart of My Mama Knits because I was embarking on my Ultraviolet Knits book and her UV-reactive yarns were one of the few available at the time. We have corresponded ever...

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Summer Post Format & Book News

Evin O’Keeffe - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:27

School is out of session here in Ireland, so it finally feels like summer. In the midst of some traveling and crafty adventures this summer, I will be back to posting twice a week. It’s hard to believe EvinOK is...

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Adventures in Dublin With Kids

Caitriona Redmond - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 08:21

You would think, as the school term has ended for 9 weeks-ish, that I’d be sick to the back teeth of lunchboxes. I’m not! We are embracing the lunchbox every day of the week at the moment. I’m still baking my lunchbox muffins; packing refillable water bottles, and now I’m planning adventures.


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There’s a freedom in not being tied to any timetable other than our own. The lack of schedule, coupled with free child leapcards until the 28th of July, has fuelled our desire to explore Dublin on a budget as many days as we can. The idea is to live lightly and to bring whatever we need with us. As we used to say in the Irish Girl Guides; leave nothing behind but our thanks.

I have ‘splurged’ on one or two events that are paid but they have cost less than €25 for the three of us. Mainly, we are making the most of the wonderful facilities that our City has to offer. There are oodles of free museums, playgrounds, and events on offer if we scratch under the surface.


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Organising is ‘my thing’ plus (some of you already know this) my husband is a coach driver. I have a few surprising locations up my sleeve that you may not know about, or realise, you can visit on a budget.

If you’re thinking about what to do with your kids over the Summer you might like to follow along for some ideas and I always love suggestions because I’m constantly learning! If so you’ll find me on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM and also on TWITTER

P.S. Disclosure has become a bit of a dreaded word for bloggers lately. I’ve resolved to stop telling you I have nothing to declare because I mainly never do. When I do have a relationship with a business/brand/thing I’ll be 100% upfront about it. Simply because it’s the regulations but also because it’s the sound thing to do.

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Savoury Strawberry Salad – Ad

Caitriona Redmond - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:10

Did you know that a strawberry isn’t a true berry? You should store that little nugget of knowledge up for the next table quiz you’re at. True berries have their seeds held inside the fruit; a strawberry’s seeds are dotted along the outside with their characteristic little dot. This post has been sponsored by Bord Bia and if you’d like to get more information on how to celebrate strawberry season visit www.bordbia.ie/strawberries

My father in law sat down after dinner the other evening as he’d selected the best looking strawberry from the chip for dinner. With a little knife he gently lifted the seeds from outside the strawberry onto a piece of kitchen towel to dry. Every single seed will become a new strawberry plant with each delicate white flower on that plant resulting in a delicious strawberry. The life cycle continues. 

Normally associated with sweet dishes I like to eat strawberries in my salads. I hesitate to add too many ingredients into a salad with strawberries as they can sometimes be overpowered. The strawberries are a seasonal treat and I really want their natural flavour to sing! 

Savoury Strawberry Salad (serves 4) 


  • 250g fresh strawberries, chopped 
  • 150g rocket 
  • 50g flaked almonds, toasted 


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • Fresh cracked black pepper 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 


Put the strawberries, rocket, and flaked almonds into a large bowl. 

Put the dressing ingredients into a clean jam jar, put the lid on top to seal and shake the jar well. 

Once all the dressing has been well combined, pour over the salad and serve immediately.  

This salad goes perfectly with a fresh goats cheese or poached salmon with lemon.  

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Strawberry Pizza Pancakes – Ad

Caitriona Redmond - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 18:47

It’s a battle sometimes to get the kids to eat enough portions of fruit and vegetables in a day. I find myself having to resort to using every single Mam-trick in the book to convince them to add an extra portion into the day. 

They do however love strawberries and the beauty of this recipe is that the pancakes ‘look’ like a pizza but don’t have a savoury flavour at all.

This post has been sponsored by Bord Bia and if you’d like to get more information on how to celebrate strawberry season visit www.bordbia.ie/strawberries

My bigger problem though is making sure that the strawberries make it home from the shop without the kids snaffling them and munching them all on the way home. I’ve found this year that local strawberries need an extra day on the counter at room temperature to develop the perfect sweetness. I never keep my strawberries in the fridge because they are delicious when they aren’t chilled; the temperature they are when freshly picked is warm and that is the way they are meant to be eaten! 

Strawberry Pizza Pancakes (serves 5) 


  • 250g (1 cup) plain flour 
  • 1 teaspoon bread soda/bicarbonate of soda 
  • 2 small-medium eggs (1 large egg should be fine either) 
  • 150ml buttermilk 
  • Optional 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil for frying/greasing the pan. 


Put the flour and bread soda into a large bowl and stir so that they’re combined. Make a well in the centre and crack in the 2 eggs, pour in the buttermilk (add the vanilla extract if using). Whisk until you have a batter. Don’t worry too much if you have small lumps, as these should disappear after the next stage. 

Put the oil in a heavy, shallow non-stick frying pan (see notes on frying pan below). Before you put the pan on the heat, spread the oil over the surface. I like to use a little bit of kitchen paper for this. Next, put it on a medium heat and allow it to come to temperature. This takes about 5 minutes or so. Once the pan is hot, give the batter a second vigorous whisk and you should see those lumps disappear (or at worst get smaller, they’ll be gone completely in the cooking process don’t worry). 

Using a ladle as a measure, pour 1 portion onto the frying pan. Once the bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the pancake, and the batter has changed colour from pale to slightly darker, flip the pancake using a non-stick spatula. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes, until the pancake turns golden on both sides. Lift and serve. 

If you want to wait for all the pancakes to be cooked before serving, pop them onto a heat-proof plate and cover with a bit of baking parchment/tin foil, then a heavy tea towel to stop them from getting cold. Lift the “insulation” everytime you cook another batch to add to the pile. 

Serve the pancakes with a generous spread of fresh yoghurt (whatever flavour you fancy), sliced strawberries, and some beautiful fresh mint which compliments the strawberries perfectly. There’s no need to sweeten this recipe; nature’s treats are sweet enough! 

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Our WWKIPD for Innocent’s The Big Knit

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:32

For World Wide Knit in Public Day in Cork city, we held a special The Big Knit-focused KAL morning and it was such fun. Our group knit and crocheted many little smoothie bottle hats for The Innocent Big Knit campaign in...

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Cat Traffic [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 07:28

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

In the back garden.

Attacking Hogwarts Slippers [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 07:28

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Luna the hunter on the prowl

Coat of arms in Mary Street Car Park [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 07/07/2019 - 17:58

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Public art in Clonmel.

Animators showing short films [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 07/06/2019 - 16:55

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

In the South Tipperary Arts Centre.

Old Cables Offer Useful Extensions

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 07/06/2019 - 13:30

I HAVE SEVERAL BOXES of cables and connectors stacked inside our garage and inside my work space. And I'm delighted whenever I discover an old item gives new functionality to some of my long-standing pieces of recording gear. Today, I enjoyed a simple recording session with XLR mics providing audio inputs to my Samsung Note 9. I captured the workflow in a Topgold Audio Clip on Spreaker.

Listen to "Sharing Mics With Zoom H6 For @ileane E457" on Spreaker.

You can subscribe to my short form audio clips by asking your phone to play Topgold Audio Clips on Spotify or on any good audio network.

On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7K31Fvlp0aqaz6PR7K4gkz

Via RSS: https://www.spreaker.com/show/2663090/episodes/feed

Bonus Audio about using the ATR2100 USB mic on Android:

For @ileane

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus for the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

Using USB Audio Recorder PRO with ATR 2100 USB [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 07/06/2019 - 13:07

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Connecting the ATR 2100 USB mic into Android isn't straightforward.

Setting up Zoom H6 to record directly into Spreaker Studio [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 19:58

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I recorded an episode on my Note 9 handset by using the Zoom H6 connected by a Røde Micon 2 into the 3.5 mm port where the H6 was the Spreaker Studio input source. I used the T.bone SC 450, Shure SM58, ATR 2100, and Zoom XYH-6. All can be powered and levels controlled on the Zoom H6. Hear the results in episode 457 of my Topgold Audio Clips.

The reason power isn't flowing [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 08:34

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

After three years, this USB charging cable broke to my Zoom H6 field recorder.

Making a Travel LEGO Set

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:45

Traveling this summer has inspired quite a few posts for EvinOK, but this was one of my favourites because I love LEGO.   Planning I loved the tutorials on Pinterest for metal Altoid tins or lunchbox LEGO sets, but it...

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Laura O'Mahony and Claire Bentley in conversation [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:13

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Under the sunshine at Hickey's Cafe.

Talking about art [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:12

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Laura O'Mahony and Claire Bentley meet up in Hickey's to chat about art and digital marketing.

Mic Ready in Hickey's Bakery [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:12

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Part of a recorded morning coffee chat in support of the Clonmel Digital Campus.