This is the little creature who started it all.

Tilly came my way in 2008 and she made a lot of things possible for me. I think what she did the most is to help me put down some roots in my adopted home of Ireland. And she forced me to leave the office at a reasonable hour…

She inspired me to buy a run-down cottage in the city centre – not my first renovation project and not my last but my first personal renovation in Ireland.

Fourteen years later, she still factors heavily into my renovation planning and my more grown-up house, “Matilda House” is also named after Tilly (whose full name is Matilda Misneach McGregor – but more on that later).