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Holidays in Bandon

So the summer has flown and this week is a frenzy of finishing up work, packing and getting ready for our hols. We’re leaving Bandon for Espana for a couple of weeks. Whilst we’re gone, my brother, his wife and their three fabulous daughters shall be using our gaff as a base for their West [...]

Groovy Grandmother’s Day at Hosfords

Slow Food West Cork and Slow Food Cork City present the third annual International Grandmother’s Day at Hosfords Garden Centre on Sunday 17th April from 2pm. photo credit: subewl The day includes: Demos of Traditional Skills such as baking and sausage making Horticultural Talk on Fruit Trees by John Hosford Kid’s Colouring Competition – themed “In [...]

If you go down to the woods today

It looks like the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation (INFF) have lined up 2 fun family Hallowe’en activity days at INFF, Manch, which is located just outside Ballineen, Co. Cork. Running on both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of October from 10am to 5pm. photo credit: shawncampbell Hallowe’en events are as follows: Pumpkin Olympics Come and [...]

The hols

So we’re back from the first official proper 2 week family holiday evah. It was fabulous despite the initial mistake we made of presuming the 7 of us would get some decent sleep together in one cabin on Cork-Roscoff ferry. No hope! Despite this we landed in France all excited at 7am on a Sunday [...]

Wexbird here we come

photo credit: jwalsh So the bags are nearly all packed, car’s getting loaded up and we’re off on our annual trip to Wexbird as the kids call it. The extended August bank holiday weekend is meetup time for Conor’s clann: his sisters, their kids and his parents. Its good fun and the kids in particular [...]

This weekend I shall be mostly

doing a Thelma and Louise and heading off sans childer to Dublin to see this bloke: and then to Cavan meeting my 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 nieces and my Mam to remember my Dad on the 5th anniversary of his passing away. Enjoy your weekends.

First shoes

My youngest baby got her first pair of proper shoes today. Happy and chuffed for her, but sad that we won’t have any more crawling babies in the house. She’s not sure what to make of them yet. Very funny watching her get accustomed to the weight of the shoes on her feet and stomping [...]

Hailstones and games

Its lashing hailstones here today so not much hope of the kids getting out and about. So the 8 and 4 year old settled down to their first game of Monopoly, which the 4 year old won hands down. Her strategy of only buying “girl coloured streets” worked a treat! Meanwhile the 2 year old [...]

Happy Christmas

This photo was taken three years ago on Christmas day in my mother’s old house. It started snowing and our kids were over the moon. It will always remind me of Christmas. Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing, peaceful and fun Christmas and that Santa is good to you tonight! Ho ho ho…..

This weekend, I shall be mostly….

Snowboarding (hopefully), though more probably I shall be sitting alot on my ass in the snow, as I struggle to try to snowboard. Either way, its a break from the norm and I can’t wait. Ischgl here I come.

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