Tuesday, August 31, 2010

With a bit of work the vegetable garden is now tidy ( a rarity! ) and the polytunnel is looking good too, with some nice pumpkins and grapes on the way: the tomatos are good too. Big day tomorrow as it's Caitlin's first day of school, so updates to follow....

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Another couple of lovely days in Kerry: it often seems to be really nice at the end of August and into September. We've been busy picking Blackberries and having them with pancakes and Greek yoghurt - delicious! Need to get some more for jam now, and there's also a good few Sloes on the trees. They're not quite ripe yet, but maybe ready for some Sloe Gin soon.
We also have a Facebook page now, so look out for quick updates there too...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thanks to Andy McKinney for some nice comments in his blog in Windsurfing magazine, sounds like they enjoyed the rest of their visit too, and also to Aimee for her review on Tripadvisor.

I popped in to see Liam and Eunice again today, to make sure their chickens were still OK. This time there had been a huge commotion in the chicken house, and the hawk was actually found inside! Liam got it out ( with the aid of some thick gloves ) and sent pictures off to falconry.ie who confirmed that it was a juvenile female Sparrowhawk, not a Kestrel after all. Never a dull moment around here...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I forgot to add that we've decided to drop our prices for Autumn and Winter to 25 euros per person sharing and 30 for a single room - there's an enquiry form at www.moanlaur-bnb.com
This includes breakfast - juice, organic tea or coffee, cereals, fresh fruit and yoghurts, then your choice of award winning Anascaul sausages, bacon and pudding, our own organic Duck or chicken eggs, cooked as you like, fresh tomatos from the polytunnel, home made potato cakes or fried potatos, mushrooms, with toast, jam and marmalade to finish. Of course, you don't have to eat all of that if you don't want to!

Wow, there's been so much going on lately I haven't had a chance to catch up on the blog, so here goes!! We were all sad to see Markus and Kerstin leave, but they had a great stay, and the weather was good for them. We must go and see them in Idar Oberstein soon. The best B&B story for a while has to be from Laura and Tim from the US - Laura managed to walk nearly the whole way from Tralee on the Dingle Way with her boots held together with rubber bands and a hair band after the soles parted company with the top parts - well done!
The cats, Mackerel and Sparks, are doing well, and are now being let outside after having their shots, although Mac decided to go walkabout the night before last, and turned up at about ten in the morning, miaowing loudly and looking pretty bedraggled. He didn't go out last night....
The big news is that Rachel and Corinne have a horse, Flame, at the Tralee Equestrian Centre. This is on a trial basis for a month, but somehow I don't see them wanting to give her up! Even Caitlin had a little trip around the arena on her.
We've also had a few incidents with the wildlife round here, with a mink going after the chickens at Manna's farm ( now captured ! ) and then when I went round to see Liam and Eunice and their new bantams, the local Kestrel decided that one looked like lunch, and proceeded to swoop down and catch hold of the poor little fella! Luckily we managed to chase it off, and no harm was done - the joys of living in the country.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Can't believe it's August already! The next week looks good on the weather front, and we're looking forward to seeing Markus and Kerstin tomorrow - on their honeymoon for this trip, congratulations! Also congratulations to Andy and Anne McKinney who came to stay on their honeymoon, all the way from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This looks like a really interesting place to visit if you're into your watersports: Andy has a windsurfing shop out there, and also has a great blog keeping you up to date with all that's going on. Will definitely try and arrange a trip! Unfortunately no wind or swell for their visit, but we still enjoyed a couple of beers in Ashes pub...

The kittens are still going crazy - little Sparks seems to enjoy sitting on Jess's shoulder, and
Caitlin is still enjoying the horse riding, she's now doing a rising trot!!

I missed out on a mad night out at the weekend for Garry and Suzanne's Murder Mystery Party as I was feeling under the weather, but Rachel ( or should I say Mousy Tung ) had a great time, although no-one suspected the Vicar!