A lost t-shirt

Here’s a thing. I found a long lost t-shirt this weekend.

I can last remember wearing it almost three years ago on a long weekend to Ahakista. There are photos of me with it on near the top of Rosskerrig and later having a restorative pint at Eileen’s Bar in Kilcrohane. But a few weeks later as I was packing for the summer holiday I could not find the t-shirt. I pulled the bedroom apart at least two times to try get to the corner it had hidden itself in and asked suspicious questions of the rest of the family but all with no luck.

There has been a simmering resentment ever since and last week I was still thinking on how much I missed that t-shirt.

Well it turned up last night. As the sun was out I decided to wear a particularly garish and unpleasant shirt that features some views of The Grand Canyon. I took the shirt off its hanger and found the t-shirt underneath.

The rest of the family did not share my happiness and relief.


A May Bank Holiday weekend BBQ

Last night we went to Kevin and Julie’s for a BBQ.

There were blue skies again although the weather clouded over briefly before the sun came out again in the early evening still allowing some heat as it played out behind the trees..

We ate prawns with garlic mayonnaise and fresh bread, chicken and sausages, a potato salad with more mayonnaise and tuna and great pavlova. We finished off Kevin’s Sloe Gin and watched attempt to immolate Harry on the brazier. They stoked it up with pieces of dried yew that flared up against the darkening sky.

As the sun went down it got colder and we gathered our jumpers around us to keep warm.
















Last night’s food and today’s garden

Well the sun is out at last and there are children running round the garden in swimming costumes playing with the hosepipe.

The vegetable plot is now almost completely planted out. This morning I put in some more rocket, sweetcorn and calvalo nero. We will have to see how they all get on in a couple of months time. In the meantime the various types of broccoli are doing well. The leaves are good enough to eat just as they are.

At the back of the garden there is a small yew tree and behind that a laburnum which grows through it. The laburnum has just started to flower and there are now great burst of yellow contrasting against the deep green of the yew.

The Birkenhead Brewery


Drive round Birkenhead and look out for the pubs and you will see clues to the old Birkenhead Brewery Co. Limited. They are worth looking out for.

The old head offices on Oxton road are now a motorcycle shop but the terracotta tiles moulded to set out the name of the company still stand proud on the face of the building.


MENUThe Birkenhead Brewery

In the early part of the 1800s Birkenhead had two very famous brewing families both producing quality
goods.  The first family was the Aspinall’s who owned the Anchor Brewery in Livingstone Street.  The
second was the Cook family who owned the Argyle Brewery situated in Oxton Road.

On the 29th August 1865 these two family run businesses amalgamated and formed a limited company
under the companies Act of 1862 with the new name of “The Birkenhead Amalgamated Brewery Co
Ltd”. This was later changed to “The Birkenhead Brewery Co Ltd”. It is probably the oldest established
joint stock brewery company in existence. In 1948 the company acquired Mackie and Gladstone
(Birkenhead and Liverpool) Ltd now called Mackie (B & L ) Ltd wine and spirit merchants and in 1951
the mineral water manufacturing business of Moorhouse Bros Ltd was added to the group of

In 1962 the Brewery merged with Threlfall’s Chester Ltd and was later taken over by Whitbread.  The
brewery also owned the Victoria Wine Co, Moorhouses (later to become R Whites) and Royal Assent.
Sadly the Birkenhead Brewery Co Ltd was closed in the latter half of the 1960’s.

Interestingly there is a Birkenhead Brewery in South Africa named after the memory of the famous boat
HMS Birkenhead.  The brewery is on the Birkenhead Estate, which was established in 1998.  The
company is large scale and has many developments, the vision was to make this the first Beer, Wine &
Water producing estate in the Southern Hemisphere.  Nestled at the foot of the Kleinrivier mountains
near Stanford, the surrounding scenery is enough to take your breath away. Fine food, water and beer
are made to serve to perfection. 6 beers are available for tasting including – Black Snake, Honey
Blonde, Old English Bitter, Premium Lager, Lite Lager and Red Reloaded Lager.