Tuesday, August 26, 2008

At the moment the Rose of Tralee festival is taking place. There are loads of events, street music, entertainers, a fun fair and Fossets Circus is in town. Caitlin has been very excited seeing the big top so we took her along yesterday ( I'm not sure if Rachel or Caitlin was more excited! ) They pack a lot in for a small circus, and guess who got dragged into the ring with the clown to do a trick? Yes, that was me....I had to go in with three other lads, who were all grumbling, and do a trick involving sitting on chairs, then arranging ourselves so that they could be pulled out leaving us supporting ourselves. Just to add an air of tension they were playing the stripper music in the background. We all then fell into a heap in the middle of the ring. Caitlin wasn't too sure about this and had to hold my hand for the rest of the performance in case I got dragged off again. Of course that wasn't the end of it as the clowns were later chasing a bloke in a gorilla suit around, and he had to sit down next to me and put his arm around me - on the next circuit he sat on Rachels lap! Caitlin was less than impressed with the 'scary muncey!'
As for the Rose, contestants arrive from all over the world, all with an Irish connection, hoping to be crowned Rose of Tralee. This is televised, and they all have to have a chat with the presenter, who usually tries to embarrass them. ( one apparently had a phobia of belly buttons. ) They then do a turn, for instance one girl played "The Bare Neccessities' on her cornet. Most bizarre....

Friday, August 22, 2008

It seems like I spend most of my time talking about ducks and chickens, but yesterday was a sad day as one of our original ducks, Lily, has gone off to the big duckpond in the sky. We weren't sure exactly how old she was, but we had her for over four years- the people that had her before had named her the Reverend Mother ( and Billy was known as Colonel Gadaffy, so those names soon got changed ! ) As for those pesky chickens, they now have their own run, although they seem to be in cahoots with the sheep, who scratch their bums against the door of the run, and let the birds out....
Rachel has been busy planting loads of herbs in the courtyard at the front of the cottage, and its beginning to look a bit tidier.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Yahoo! A few days of nice weather - well, the odd shower, but generally quite nice, so rushed out and mowed the lawn. The next instalment of our large vegetable series shows Rachel with one of her onions: she probably harvested about fifty the other day - not all quite this size!

Friday, August 8, 2008

I'm sorry to say that Rachel has been found guilty of teaching our guests strange English words. Andrea and Martin from Germany stayed last night after walking the first part of the Dingle Way from Tralee to Camp. They were looking for a certain word that wasn't too rude to use in polite company, so Rachel taught them 'poop.' They thought that this was hilarious, so we wonder if this will become commonly used in Germany....I'm not sure if I mentioned that last year we taught Marcus, again from Deutschland, the very useful 'bingo wings' and 'muffin top'.....Anyway, on a more sensible note, here's a lovely picture of Caitlin, just after her third birthday.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Early last week we had one of the worst days rain that we can remember: Newcastle West was flooded, with many shops and houses under water, and diversions through Mallow, where the river had burst its banks. True to form the sun came out at about 7pm and we had a lovely evening! We were really pleased to see Sean, Michelle and Alana with her friend, Becky again, after they visited last year from Northern Ireland. They were lucky with the weather, and had a good few days, spending lots of time on the beach at Inch, horeseriding at Castlegregory, and boat fishing from the Maharees - thanks for the Mackerel and Pollock!
My ongoing battle with the escaping chickens has resulted in the construction of a run for them: they still have plenty of room to roam, but at least now there's a chance that they won't be in the veggie patch. We shall see.....