Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Easter weekend in Roscommon

County Roscommon was visited Easter weekend when we were invited to the home of brothers Owen and Paul. It was a beautiful home that they have restored and it was a lovely break from the city, slept so well as at night it was pitch black and you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face!!!
We took a trip one afternoon to Galway as it was only a short drive away (is anything in this country really THAT far???) Anyhow, had a great weekend, little too short as Derek had to work on Saturday and Monday afternoon but it was worth the trip. Happy Easter! Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you!

Saturday, 15 April 2006

Girly Good Friday

Today I had the day off for Good Friday and met up with Derek’s Mom, Susan and his brother’s FiancĂ© Niamh and we went to Powerscourt for the afternoon. A little about Powerscourt:
The gardens at Powerscourt are probably the finest in Ireland both for their design and their dramatic setting at the foot of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. The house and grounds were commissioned in the 1730’s by Richard Wingfield, the 1st Viscount Powerscourt. New ornamental gardens were completed in 1858-75 by the 7th Viscount, who added gates, urns and statues collected during his travels in Europe. The house was gutted by an accidental fire in 1974, but the ground floor has been beautifully renovated and now accommodates an upmarket centre where they sell hand made beauty and bath products and hand woven wool sweaters and clothing and food. There is also an excellent restaurant and CafĂ© (Avoca) where you could buy inexpensive healthy meals like quiche and salad which is what I enjoyed for lunch. Derek’s cousin works at Powerscourt and we ran into him there and he sent us off to walk around the grounds for free entry which was nice and definitely worth it. I took loads of photos and have uploaded many of them such as:
The Perron: Leading down from the house to Triton lake is the Perron, a beautiful Italianate stairway added in 1874. Beside the lake, it is guarded by two statues of Pegasus- the mythical winged horse and emblem of the Wingfied family.
Triton Lake: made for the first garden the lake takes its name from the central fountain which is modelled on a 17th century work by Bernini in Rome.
Japanese Gardens: enchanting Edwardian gardens created out of bog land, contain bamboo trees!


Beautiful day, good company. We ended the day off at Derek’s parents for hot cross buns and tea. Good way to start a long Easter weekend.

Sunday, 9 April 2006

Mom and Dad's Visit

Well, kinda sad that I don’t have more photos of when my mom and dad came to visit, I know my mom took loads but her camera is all the way in Canada now. We did have a lovely time with my mom and dad here, I think they really enjoyed themselves. They did the tourist thing, sightseeing and all that and Derek and I enjoyed seeing some of the sights with them. We had some good laughs, way too much drinking (Derek and my Dad and their pub crawls home!!!) and I think my mom and dad finally got to know Derek as they’ve really only met he a few times. My Parents also had a bit of a Meet the Parents/Meet the Faukers as We has dinner with Derek’s family and there has been an exchange of e-mail addresses so I don’t think anything we do anymore will be kept quiet as I’m sure there will be some reporting back to one another!
Overall it was a good week and I’ll be sure to update this with more photos when I get them off my mom!