Monday, July 20, 2009

Playing Catch-Up

This is the first update in over a month so apologies for not having anything new in quite some time. Everything has been quite hectic recently with birthdays, weddings and most stressful of all, moving house.

It's also been the beginning of summer since my last post and we have had some fantastic weather in between the usual fayre of thunderstorms and general washouts that consist in this Northern Irish season.

There has been some great afternoons and evenings spent outside with the shades on, music in the background, a good book and a glass of iced cider.
We've also had some hazy afternoons and evenings with friends, BBQs and the odd bottle or so of wine to grease the wheels of conversation.

A few weeks ago our friends Cheryl and Graeme were married at Castleward which is a glorious 18th century mansion with classical and gothic façade overlooking Strangford Lough. Fortunately it was one of the fabulous days and after the marriage, a fine afternoon was had sipping champagne in the sunken gardens, followed by dinner and dancing and a courtyard setting enjoying some great banter and watching the sun go down.

Lou and I have also been busy house hunting and found a great little place that we're moving into at the end of the month. It will be the first time in over a year that we'll be back to living in our own after house-sharing with my brother and sister-in-law in New Zealand, with friends and family in Australia and family back home so I'm looking forward to having that 'space'.

In all, the summer has got off to a good start and I'm looking forward to taking holidays at the end of August and hitting the road down and around Ireland. Our plan is to head through central Ireland to Cork and head back up the east coast. I've never been further south than Limerick on the west coast or Meath on the east coast so it's something I'm very much looking forward to. Any suggestions of places to visit would be more than welcome.

Hopefully this will mark the start of more updates as the summer progresses. I hope you're all having a lovely time whatever you're up to. See you soon.


Blogger Jenny said...

It's so weird to see myself listed as somebody's sister-in-law!

I know my sisters are Skry's sisters-in-law too, but that sort of thing just doesn't come up in conversation. It's a head melter..

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Blogger Jenny said...

BTW, if you want a relaxed holiday with at least a half-decent chance of good weather you should try Wexford. Great beaches, lovely little coastal towns, and zillions of castles and ruins. No doubt there are some great pubs and restaurants too although I didn't get much chance to try those. Wicklow is also stunningly beautiful, and an easy hop from Dublin. You could hit both counties in a long weekend and wish you were staying longer.

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Blogger Skry said...

I can certainly second the idea of heading to Wexforsd. It's much warmer and does have tons of castles and other things to wee. Wicklow mountains are also great, so I have heard.

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