Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A different night out last night at the Phoenix Cinema in Dingle. They have a film club night on Tuesdays, and for 7.50 you get to see the film, and also get a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits! The place is only small but there is a good atmosphere, and last night a few of us went to see Waveriders, a documentary about Irish Surfing. It seemed like most of the surfers from the peninsula were there. We learnt that it was George Freeth, whose father was Irish, and mother from Hawaii, who introduced surfing to the USA - there's always an Irish connection...There was some spectacular footage of tow-in surfing at Aileens, by the Cliffs of Moher - not for the faint hearted !

Monday, May 25, 2009

This week we have Rachels friend Nicky, and her twins Emily and Amy staying, so Caitlin has been very excited! The weather has been good ( except for today! ) and the rest of the week looks good as well.
Congratulations to Kevin and Colleen on their wedding at the weekend - sorry guys for not making it in the evening, but we got a bit tied up with visitors and B&B guests. I did manage to meet a few of the wedding party on Sunday as the wind started to blow unexpectedly, and they were out too. A great session at Gowlane, cross off winds, and logo high waves on a 4.7m sail - really nice, also had Nathan, Rob Bunn, and Anna for company. We've also had some lovely guests staying, especially Barbara and Sandra from Edson, Alberta, and Greg and Karen from Memphis, Tenessee, who were all walking the Dingle Way. Enjoy the rest of your walk!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Went up to Gortbrack Organic Farm yesterday to help load up all the plants for their display at the Bloom Festival in Dublin next week. It should be another great show, hopefully the weather will be good as they are expecting thousands of people to visit. Gortbrack also now have a blog, so watch out for any news of courses, and the usual shenanigans at the farm.....

Monday, May 18, 2009


As promised!

Well, we all went off to Padma's third birthday party on Saturday, and she is a big fan of Mamma Mia, the Abba movie, so there was an Abba theme. The photo gives you a little flavour of what it was like! I think everyone ( including me ) tried on Laura's platform boots, and I'll have to see if I can get hold of some pictures of Mark, who looked fantastic - words cannot do him justice.....We had a great time, so thanks to all the Brodies.

We also went to Coolwood Park, just outside Killarney as there was a bring and buy poultry sale going on. There were masses of ducks, so we have some more to add to our flock. There were some of the biggest Roosters I have ever seen, a few geese, guinea fowl, and bantams, and you could even buy pigs, goats and ferrets! The ducks just need to get a bit bigger before we introduce them to the rest of the crew, so they're in the barn for a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


We've just spent a really enjoyable day with our friend Graham, over from Derbyshire. He'd already spent a few days flying round Ireland on a steam train with mutual friend Brendan. It was specially laid on, and ran along the main railway lines between Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, Westport, and around the lakes near Westport. The weather was great for his visit, almost felt like mid summer, so we took a trip over to Killarney, and went through the woods just past Ross Castle to admire the wild garlic in flower. The day was rounded off with a cold Guinness in the Railway Bar in Camp, and then an excellent dinner in Paddys Cottage, just down the road. The place was busy for a weekday, and it was good to see a few locals in there as well.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Not sure if this is good or not! Maybe not good for the veggie patch, anyway, but this little fella had been spotted by Rachel a couple of times, and then he was seen disappearing into the hedge. He didn't seem in the least bit worried by us peering at him, and the cat is blissfully unaware that he's around...
Weather is nice and sunny again, and warmer - the last couple of days for the UKPWA competition were pretty chilly, but epic conditions, and Brian popped in at the weekend after going to the bash at Spillanes after the event, complete with very sore head...
I've joined the VW Transporter crew, as I picked up my new van at the weekend: so good to be mobile again, even if it does need the glow plugs replacing!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I haven't had much chance to update things lately - too much going on! Rachel has been continuing her artistic streak going on an 'Art from the Heart' afternoon as part of the Beltaine Festival in Dingle. She came up with a large painting of the mountains behind the house, and I'm looking forward to many more works of art. We've had quite a few guests in as well and some more bookings which is great. We also had a good day on Sunday, when Mark and I went windsurfing in the morning, and then again later in the day at Fermoyle with some of the guys and girls over for the UKPWA competition held this week at Gowlane and Stradbally. ( Rachel and Laura took the kids to the Aquarium in Dingle during the day and had a lovely time. ) The actual competition was held on Wednesday and Thursday with big wind and waves on both days, with Wednesday having mast high waves and 40-50 knot winds at times - testing for even the pro's!