Thursday, December 27, 2007

Well before you know it, Christmas is over, but we have had a great time. We went to a Japanese themed party at Gortbrack Farm just before Christmas, and everyone did a Japanese dish, from soup to salads, from sushi to tempura ( and of course a little sake! ) A great evening and had a good chat with Claire, Thomas and Ryan who are now looking after Manna, the organic fruit and veg store in Tralee. Claire and Thomas has just bought some land near to us so will be growing some of the vegetables for the shop there. The following night we were round at our frind Biddys place, yoga teacher and shaitsu massage practitioneer extraordinare! Superb fish curry, and lovely company - we felt spoilt going out two nights in a row.
Christmas Day was spent opening a few presents for Caitlin, and she did have loads, before visiting our friends Brendan and Carina, with their two; Bey, and baby Hazel. Then off to Mark and Lauras place for a fantastic Christmas dinner, with their little one Padma ( Caitlins best friend ) and Laura's mum, Philomena, and sister Elaine. We all had a great time, the food was gorgeous, and again, the best company! Phil and Clodagh popped in later, with their kids, so we caught up with what was happening with them. Phils now looking after the food at the Seven Hogs: Rachel was there the other night for a sample of the menus, and we've had guests in tonight who went there and they were saying how good it was. Then Mark and I went windsurfing on St. Stephens Day at Stradbally - heavy going after all that Christmas lunch, and the waves were mast high at times, so a good workout!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!

We wanted to wish all of our friends, and all of the guests who stayed with us in 2007 a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The photo is from the snow we had last year - no sign of a white Christmas this time!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Seems like Caitlin is becoming more aware of how she looks. She's been fooling us into thinking she spends most of the night asleep, when in fact she is devoting much of her time to her hair do. She seems to be working her way towards a full on Amy Winehouse beehive....

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Haven't had much time to update the blog lately, but its a wet and windy evening, so here goes! The weather had been pretty good for a long time, and then we had our first frost of the year at the end of November, but only a light one. It does mean the end of the courgettes, and the tomatos in the polytunnel have just about finished - just a few left which was handy as we had a few guests in at the weekend. The weather has now got really windy, had a few good sessions windsurfing, but a couple of days have just been too much! We had a forecast for 30 foot swell last weekend - I don't think it turned out to be quite that much but it was really impressive standing at Brandon Point and watching the waves below. Next weekend could be mad, with 55 knot winds forecast...the cat won't be happy....