Update On Our Life In Ireland and This Blog

Six months have passed since my Welcome post, here at Carmen In Ireland. Thank you for reading my blog and for your continuous support. Here is a quick update on what is going on at our place. I will also let you in on my future plans for writing this blog.

Spring is in the air! It’s lovely to watch the birds and listen to their songs. I cannot get enough looking at all the flowers popping up and bending down smelling them whenever I have a chance. Another thing I really love to do is taking walks at the beach. There is something so special about strolling along the beach and looking toward the Sea (or Ocean). This time of the year the water begins to pull back and soon there will be more and more sandy beach to walk upon – even while the tide is in. ❤

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this month, which means the holidaymakers will be back; most of them will come “down” (south) to get their holiday homes ready for the new season. This also means that our little village’s population increases about tenfold during the holidays. However, early in the mornings, when most of the people are still in their beds, there is enough time to enjoy a lonely, peaceful and quiet walk at the local beach.

Talking about peace and quietness…

Some of you know already that I’m working on a book about dog training. For lack of time and peace, I have not been able to write much over these past months. But I’m very eager to have it finished, and possibly published, by the end of this year. I’ll keep you updated on this.

Some of you, who follow my other blog/s, know that I have had some issues with my provider and therefore switched to another blogging platform. I’m thinking of doing the same with CarmenInIreland.com It won’t happen until end of July, though. I’ll keep you updated on this as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post/s.

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Pancake Day

This coming Tuesday, the 5th March 2019, is Pancake Day, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday — in German Faschingsdienstag. But do we really need a certain day to enjoy fluffy pancakes? Probably not. Americans like to have them for breakfast. The ones you will find throughout the US are a little thicker and slightly smaller than the ones in this recipe, though. Also, these pancakes are made out of whole wheat flour instead of plain white flour.


3 medium eggs dash of salt 300ml milk (1 1/4 cups) 200g whole wheat flour (1 1/2 cups) oil/butter to fry


  • eggs with a dash of salt
  • add milk (blend again)
  • add flour (blend again, first on low speed, then on high speed)


In a frying pan melt 1-2 tsp of butter/oil. Over medium heat fry each pancake for about 2-4 minutes on each side.

Keep warm

Preheat oven to about 100°C (210°F). Stack pancakes on a baking sheet. OR Place fried pancakes on a dinner plate, cover with same size dinner plate.

* Makes about 6-8 salad-plate-sized pancakes. **I usually use a blender to mix the ingredients; works well for this amount of servings.

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Travel Time

Plan enough time when you travel by car in Ireland. The road network isn’t always that great everywhere. If possible, stay on the main roads.

The M1-M4, M6-M9, M11, M17-M18, M20 and the M50 (45km half circle around Dublin) are all Motorways with an average speed limit of 120km/h. The others of the Irish road system are:

  1. N- National (primary N1-N50 and secondary N51-N99) roads
  2. R- plus three-digit number (R100 to R999) are Regional Roads, country roads which are usually (but not always 😉 ) wider and have a speed limit  of 80km/h to 100km/h. Note, though, that even though you are allowed to drive that fast, it isn’t always advisable to do so.
  3. L- plus four-digit or five-digit number (L1000 to L8999 and L10000 to L89999) are Local Roads, meaning these are link roads leading to villages and houses. On many of them you are allowed to drive up to 80km/h but beware that they can be quite treacherous, very narrow, winding and it is very hard to see ahead of what is coming toward you (including pedestrians and cyclists).

When driving in Ireland keep in mind that the “big roads” lead from and to Dublin. The roads between these bigger ones aren’t as wide and straight and using them it will take longer to get from point A to point B.



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