Irish Spring

22 Apr 2014


If the title of this post conjures up visions

of whittling bars of green and white stripy soap,

cast those clean as a whistle notions aside…

spring in the Irish countryside is

beautiful, raw, and green

filled with birdsong and new life…

but frankly, it mostly smells like manure;

also known as “that sweet country smell”

milking spodgesI am loving this fun sketch of me milking “Sally”

by Ailbhe Phelan, a fabulous Irish illustrator living in London.

What do you think?

The lucky recipient of Ashley English’s Handmade Gatherings is Lori Matthews.


I will be back with more recipes and stories very soon.

 Life is aflurry with trying my very best to complete a

truly special manuscript & fine-tuning recipes

for my upcoming book…

while feeding calves & milking cows

and simply…

being a mother and wife (the easy part)


In the meantime,

head over to Spenser Magazine

for a beautiful Irish spring lamb story…

read all about my bucolic Zwartbles adventure

nestled alongside some outstanding food stories

on ancient grains in Arizona, Blue Heron Goat Farm

and some amazing salt-roasted spot prawns.

I will leave you to linger with a few more outtakes from the shoot

PicMonkey Collage







Slan Abhaile,


Photos and Styling by Imen McDonnell 2014

No Zwartbles lambs were eaten for this post

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10 Responses to “Irish Spring”

  1. Britney says:

    Spring is everywhere! I like how it feels in farms in spring. I was a farm girl. I liked everything about farms but the smell.

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  3. An Cailin says:

    The lamb is so sweet. And I’m sure your manuscript will be very special. I am looking forward to the book!


  4. Alice says:

    As ever it’s a delight to see the beautiful countryside and rustic charms of your day to day life. I’m still loving that sketch of you too and (I’m hopeful,) that your beautiful book will be filled with equally charming sketches of your country life. 😉

  5. Emily Grace says:

    Lovely! I really like the sketch.

  6. Heidrun says:

    Wished I were there in Ireland … … It’s in spring the most fabulous time.

    Many greetings from Augsburg
    by Heidrun

  7. kim says:

    Your website and pictures are so lovely and fresh looking. Looking forward to your book. I will be buying my mom a copy as we have travelled several times to Ireland and just love it! We even went to the Ploughing Championships in Bennetsbridge one year! The best little pottery shop there!

  8. Lorna says:

    Love the illustration – you have a very quiet cow 😉

    Great pics of the sheep and hens too. Been busy feeding calves here too – hurt my back a couple of days ago at it, going to osteopath early next week in case it gets worse. Good workout though 🙂

  9. Donna Baker says:

    Wonderful life at the farm in spring, I’d imagine. Can’t wait to see your cookbook. I’ve a feeling it will be in the top tier.

  10. Donna Hardin says:

    Great pictures…loved the article! Have a grand day!

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