..when we visited Biddy's cottage in Dalkey. Our extended family group of 9 adults (including one from England and one from Holland) were all welcomed with open arms by Biddy to her delightful cottage in Dalkey. The bright red half door was open, the lamp and candles were lit and the turf fire was burning brightly. Our mother who is 86 years old got a special welcome and as Biddy told us her stories, our mother told her own tales, some of which we had not heard before. Biddy's tales and stories are personal because each one has a link to the locality and/or to someone she knows - her father, uncles, aunts, other relatives and neighbours. Their photographs adorn the walls of the cottage which Biddy, with the help of her father, restored from a ruin to its present state of peace and comfort. The cottage is furnished with traditional pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Biddy has a story to tell about each piece, where it was found, who made it and its use in the typical Irish household.
Then it was time for tea and Biddy's homemade oat cakes - and even these come with their own story! All too soon it was time to go and we left, promising to return soon.
We would highly recommend a visit to see Biddy if you want to hear some genuine stories told from the heart in a comfortable and unique cottage environment.
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