Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kerry Rocks!

Ok back from a great week away but certainly need another few days off just to recover, hee hee! We didn't stop for the week, walking, shopping, geo-caches, swiming, more walking. And having the cousins around to share it with was even better!! Poor old Papa Bud ended up in hospital with an infection by his pace maker. They are going in on Monday to make sure it hasn't spread to his heart. Keep fingers crossed! On the way home yesterday I asked Shona what was her favourite things about the week, so here follows her list:

My favourite things about our holiday in Kerry by Shona

#1 Skelligs Chocolate Factory - a bit of a drive outside Cahersiveen but worth it!!! Its a popular place and open 7 days a week.

We were not allowed to take photos inside the factory and the choccies didn't last long to snap up a few shots but if you are in the area check it out! . Not just delis choccies but great views too, even if the weather was crap!

#2 Aqua Dome - I think the kids agree that the best part of this was the rapid river, hee hee! Everyone in the dome joined in, being carried away along the river at speed was soooooo funny! Another must if you are in the area. We must spent about 3 hours here

#3 Tralee Park - and its free :-) what a great way to spend an hour or two. I love the fact that there are some really good parks around Ireland now. The kids deserve it as do the parents, you can sit and be entertained by the swinging monkeys:

#4 Bowling - we headed to Bowling Buddies in Tralee, this was brilliant fun and a treat for the kids who had been brill all day, sitting around waiting in shops/hospital/cars etc. and not one complaint!!! Louise and I enjoyed this as much as the kiddies :-) there was a strike or two and plenty of spares (hahahaha) but not much consistency.

#5 Mama Mia's Kittens - Mama Mia is a wild cat that my Mum feeds (along with Socks and Snowy), anyways Mama Mia had 4 kittens about 6 weeks ago, she brought them to the cottage about 2 weeks ago but then there was only one kitten with her during her visits and my poor Mum thought the others were gone :-( then last week Mama Mia came by herself, so we thought maybe they were all gone... but then come saturday she arrived with 3 of her babies, awwwww. Mum was so excited, as were we!

#6 Geocaching - We managed to find one cache in Tralee, actually Cian found this one and he got to choose what treasure to take and what to replace it with. Shona is not that fond of the Geocaching hence why it is near the end of the list.... but its not last....

# last on the list - walking, walking and more walking. I think I walked the legs off her. The first few mornings we headed to Rossbeigh but you should of seen her face the morning I told her I was heading off by myslef :-D

Even the local walks were refreshing, what i noticed the most was the smell, you know that wet wood, natural smell.... devine! That and the colours of course!

I managed to take a few shots for myself which I am hoping to exhibit in Kerry sometime in the Autumn.... a few macro shots and a few local landscapes :-)

Right, off to recoup, and get ready for back to work tomorrow, :-( sniff sniff!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Bank Holidays are the biz!

What a great weekend and it seemed to go on forever :-) After 6 years of having 1.5 channels the Sky man visited us on friday, waved his magic wand and bestowed tonnes of channels on us. After channel hopping for a few hours there was still nothing on, hee hee.

All i can say about Saturday is girlie shopping & lunch with my best gal, then drinkies (pub crawl style) that night with another best gal ;-) with plans for more looney juice drinking. Sunday was a bit of a blur until Louise rang for coffee, I ended up (with her help) getting the cutest dress... YES, Dress! for a wee shindig on friday, I'll take a photo of that one to preserve for prosperity!

After all that rest... Monday was set aside for Shona and her best buds. We headed on a road trip, firstly doing 2 geocahes in Ennis. This was the girls first Geocache anfd they loved it. Not only was it their first/second but they were both Nano Caches... look at the size of the cache and we still found them ;-) they've asked can they go with us again. Hooked!

After lunch it was then off to Turoe Pet Farm outside Loughrea in Galway. Just as we landed it started to pour but we donned our raincoats and headed for the nearest pen. This is a great set up, not only are there loads of (farm) animals to meet there is also an inflatable city, indoor wall to wall bouncy castle. At the entrance each kid gets a bag of food to feed the goats, sheep, horses, donkeys. The girls loved that!

In spite of the crap weather the girls had such fun, even in the play ground and there was plenty of trees for me to shelter under :-) There is even a coffee shop to warm yourself up before the drive home.

Not far from Gort we stopped off at Thoor Ballylee, the home (for a period of time) of William Butler Yeats. I was trying to remember what we learned in school and all I could think of was Maud Gonne and that and the poem No Second Troy, I had to google it:

Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great.
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?

Right, need to chill before heading to UK again tomorrow, but at least its a really short week with a wee do on friday, woohoo.

Night all!