Monday, January 26, 2009

Another bit of news, congratulations to Carsten and family on the new arrival, Lucy. Carsten also now has a new website, and his new book 'The West of Ireland' is also out soon - there will be some good shots of this area I'm sure....Talking about websites, I should also mention The Beach Telegraph, written by good friend Brain McDowell. It's well worth a look for any fans of windsurfing, surfing, SUP, and kitesurfing.
Another lovely day yesterday, so spent the morning chopping wood, and then went to Inch beach for a walk in the afternoon. It was really rough there, big waves crashing into the cliffs and beach. We walked into the sand dunes, and Caitlin had a ball, climbing and then running down the dunes. There were quite a few people down there, and we stopped at Sammys restaurant for a quick coffee - it was warm enough to sit outside, and for Caitlin to enjoy an ice cream!

Monday, January 19, 2009

We've had such a mixture of weather lately - December was the driest for ten years apparently, but in the last few days we have been hit by gales. On Saturday we went to Cork for a haircut for Rachel - the picture was taken before the visit to Toni and Guy ! Caitlin and I went around the city, stopping off at the English Market: Caitlin was amazed at all the different produce on sale. The weather was wild, and we couldn't believe the number of mangled umbrellas in every litter bin! When we got home the roof had blown off the hen house, and a few confused chickens poked their heads out when I turned up. Even the wind monitoring equipment in Belmullet in the North West of the country was destroyed, and they're used to fierce weather....Yesterday was quite chilly but mainly sunny, but today we have snow - C is very excited.....

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A productive day today: the sun was shining, so we went out and did a bit in the garden. Cauliflowers were planted, trees were pruned, and the wormery was installed. This is basically a big wooden box filled with leaf mould, soil, compost, and a load of worms! You keep them fed on kitchen waste, and they break it down into lovely rich compost, well, that's the theory anyway. The afternoon was spent clearing trees for firewood - John across the road had some more old Hawthorn cut back: the wood from last year has been keeping us warm all winter so it will be good to keep the wood shed well stocked. There was a good picture of fellow windsurfer Hannes out at Banna in the Irish Independent no less -

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A big day for Caitlin on Monday as she started pre-school, having moved up from playschool. She was very excited, and then pretty tired afterwards. She also went swimming at the Banna leisure centre with Rachel and Corinne. She hadn't been for a while, and really took to swimming this time, and had a ball. On Tuesday I was helping John out with his sheep - time for the ewes to be scanned to see how many lambs are on the way. This was hard work, as the girls just didn't want to co-operate. The vet is incredibly fast at doing the scan - it just looks like a blur on the screen to me! Anyway, out of about three hundred there were only eleven without lambs, seven are having triplets, and the rest ones or twos. In the evening we went for a quick Guinness at Ashes pub in Camp to celebrate Mairts birthday, quite busy there as it was Little Christmas ( for the hard working ladies to enjoy a night out after the rigours of the festive period ) and also Poker night - serious stuff. Mairt and Una also have chickens, and, up until yesterday, two ducks. Unfortunately, one duck went missing, probably taken by a fox, so the other one was pining for its friend. They decided that we should have her, so one big, fat white duck has joined the crew - she has been christened Lily ( after one of the original ducks. ) The others are not sure what to make of her, as she's the biggest of the lot, and she's also confused as she wants to join the chickens!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that 2009 will be a great year. We've had a good couple of days, and enjoyed having Radek and Patricia stay for B&B from Poland and Brazil. Brazil was around 40 degrees when Patricia left so it must have been a shock to be in Ireland - at least the weather was quite dry. Caitlin loved having them here as well, saying 'Where people?' when they weren't here this morning. We went to see Phil, Tracey, Jess and Molly on New Years eve, and Jess did a great job cooking dinner - delicious! We couldn't believe that C and M stayed awake to see in the New Year...they were a bit tired by midnight though...