Strange Fruit in Bloom

So, I'm back at the day job. Three days a week for now. It's fine. I'm coping. Daddy is coping too. So far, so good. The commute hasn't magically improved any, but sometimes it feels nice to be in the city, and free to do as I choose. Well, on my lunch break at least! 

On my break today my co-worker and I spontaneously visited Sweny's. It is not Bloom's Day and I will (shamefacedly) admit that I've never read Ulysses, but I've been meaning to have a peep inside the shop ever since it was re-vamped last year.

I'm so glad I did. It was the most pleasant experience and one I hope, often, to repeat. The shop itself opened as a pharmacy in 1853 and traded as such until 2009. It is now a shrine to all its history, with particular emphasis on its mention in James Joyce's Ulysses. The cabinets are full of curiosities, some common pharmaceuticals and lots of second hand books to peruse. It also sells the infamous lemon soap, as it has always done and holds lunchtime readings and other events. I think this girl would love it.

I bought some lemon soap. I had to. It's sort of a must. I also bought a book. I can't help myself when it comes to books. I started to read it on the train home. So far so good.

And then something extra wonderful happened! My co-worker and I speak Irish together always and we chatted away about this and that as we browsed. When we came to pay  the shopkeeper, who was dressed in an immaculate white pharmacist's coat, he spoke Irish too! What a surprise! It's not often that happens in Dublin, I can assure you.


  1. Wow! I'm in awe - it looks amazing! What a wonderful way to spend a lunch break.

  2. Ooh! Thanks for this post, Sadhbh! I spotted this shop the last time I was in town and didn't have time to investigate further. It looks amazing. I'll definitely be stopping in next time I pass.

    Hope you're enjoying being back at work. At least it's only three days. I wouldn't mind that myself now, i have to admit...

  3. Thanks girls. It is amazing!
    Ciara I know you'll just love the air of nostalgia. Bring your camera. Also, they let you have events/parties there. I'm racking my brains trying to come up with a reason to throw a party!!
    And work isn't too bad, I do think I've got a pretty good deal;)


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