Thursday, 19 January 2017

Braving the hill

As forecast, we had more snow last week. Pretty much stocked up so we didn't need to go down,the long steep hill that prett much in shadow all day. But...the sun came out on day 2 and the thought of another Sunday without an O'Doherty chicken got us into the car and on the way to Enniskillen. As before. The snow only ran for a few hundred yards. But on the steepest bit of the hill.

An artic was abandoned at the junction of our track and the road and a milk lorry plus trailer were pulled over. It didn't look promising. Walking past the milk wagon we found the local farmers with their tractors gritting the road and with only 5 minutes delay we were off. Fantastic. en y va!!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thanks to whoever arranged the weather

Despite a gloomy forecast and no better next week we decided to take a trip to the North coast. So glad we did. Great weather. Fantastic scenery and the best dog friendly hotel. We always call trips to the coast LJ's holiday and this one was pretty special. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Taking out the rubbish

The cottage we are renting is about a quarter of a Mike along a single lane track. The bin men do not visit. Our options are to take the bin to the end of the track or to put the sacks on the car and drive the 3 miles to the household waste site. We chose the latter. Today we just kept on going....getting back about 3 hours later after stopping for walks and to admire the views. Never more than 10 miles away. 95% we haven't seen before and had no idea how stunning it was. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Feeling Festive?

We've emerged from the West Wing long enough to put up a few decorations and order a goose. Oh..and buy the Christmas edition of the Radio Times. I think that is it for this year!
We wish you all health and happiness. Been an odd year all in all but more convinced than ever about our move to Ireland.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Time spent on QISMA is seldom wasted.

A few trips to QISMA this week to.....get things done. The winter job lust is starting to shrink. She is only 8 miles away so easy to pop over.

Other than that it has been a week of swimming, for me, up yo 2000 metres now in a pool that you think crowded if there are 5 swimmers in and some marathon sessions of.........

It finished on TV over 10 years ago but seems so current. A credit to the creator. Perfect winter afternoon viewing. Yes...we are vegging out... #official

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Above the snow line

we now know that's where we some 300 yards.

We're up here because it's quiet with fantastic views. The house is so warm .. even with the winds howling round us. Hey...we have one set of neighbours and the wind farms for company. And... and ...the postman can find us. He is our new best friend. 

For those who have asked about LJ and so many have been in touch to wish him well, thanks for all your messages. He is on the mend. 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

All ashore who are going ashore ...oh that's us!

It flooded here last winter. Badly. As it's our first winter we decided to be cautious and rent a cottage for the worst 3 months. We moved in last Saturday. It's quiet and secluded with great views over Upper Lough Erne. Gets every bit of sunshine and all the wind. But very warm. 10 miles from QISMA and 5 from the village. Alistair is down at QISMA now getting a 'fix'. LJ and I just chilling after our off lead walk to the wind farm and back.  LJ doesn't know it yet but he has an operation scheduled for Monday. Removal of fatty lump that will soon impede his back leg. Time for it to go but another worry to add to world peace and thin thighs etc etc. Being in the cottage means there is room for the dreaded cone which he will probably wear for two weeks. His turning circle here is a tad bigger. The biggest shock will be no breakfast for him on Monday morning.