Our Summer Adventures: Week 1 and 2.


Sorry there was no post yesterday but I want to share with you some of our adventures we are having this summer so I will be posting on a Tuesday now instead of a Monday. For the summer Mondays are mine, the farmer and Sids day off so we are trying to head away from  the yard for that day. So last week it was the farmer who decided where we went and we headed to the beautiful city of Kilkenny. This is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and do. We parked in the car park beside the river which wasn’t expensive, we were parked most of the day. We headed to the shopping centre first and then back down the town to get some lunch. Now being coeliac getting food out when we are away is always a little nerve wracking because you want to get good food and also not limit the farmers as to where they can eat so we tried Langtons, they had a huge choice for us all and there was no problem with me getting gluten free. After lunch we headed to see the castle which just like something out of a fairy tale. You can go on a tour of the castle but we didn’t we just enjoyed the grounds which has a playground, acres of grass to play on and a beautiful rose garden.

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We then headed back to look at the rest of the shops along the streets of Kilkenny and stopped into a little cafe just across from Kytelers Inn for the best scones and tea I have tasted in ages they even have gluten free. We spent the whole day in Kilkenny and enjoyed every minute of it, its a beautiful place and Sid didn’t get bored once.

So yesterday it was my choice and I brought the farmer and Sid to the Irish national stud and Japanese gardens in Kildare. There is free parking at the stud, there are picnic tables in the car park if you didn’t want to buy food when you were there. It cost 29euro for the three of us to entry the stud which isn’t expensive when you see the size and the up keep of the place. We went to see the gardens first and they are so pretty with a stone track to follow and a map to explain each stop on the way.

Sid loved exploring the gardens and looking into all the little tunnels and caves. When we were finished in the garden we headed to the restaurant for our lunch. It was 33euro for the three of us for our lunch and there are lots of gluten free options on the menu.

We ate our lunch out on the terrace and this was our view along with a swan and her baby.

 

After lunch we headed to the best bit or for me anyway, the stud farm. This place is just a horse lovers dream but it is equally beautiful for anyone. On the stud you get to look around all the stable yards, the stallions have air conditioning in their stables!. You get to meet some mares and their foals, see some of the top stallions they have and meet some legends of racing like Hardy Eustace, who we got to rub he is really friendly.

We got to visit the racing museum, see a video of a foal being born in the stud and learn a little about the man who started the stud back in 1900, Colonel William Hall Walker and how he believed the stars sealed the faith of each foal born and that every horse should be able to see the stars from their stable.

There is a playground near the mares and foals and also a fair door trail right around the stud for the kids to follow. Each fairy they find has an important job on the stud and each child gets a map for them to follow. Sid loved this but he did want to take home this foal, she was such a friendly little thing looking for rubs from everyone who went past. This is a great day out for all the family even if you have no interest in horses and its fully accessible to buggies or wheelchairs.

So there are our first two summer adventures, where have you been this summer on your adventures ? would love to hear all about them.

What I Learned This Week.


  • It’s a dogs life ! This is my shadow who follows me everywhere she can and most mornings sneaks upstairs for a snuggle.
  • That the old ways are still the best sometimes, like leaving Sids porridge out on the window sill to cool down because he is STARVING as he is always telling me.
  • That its good to meet up with family and friends you haven’t seen in years and just catch up.
  • That if you get an invite to one wedding in a year you will get an invite to ten.
  • That its just too warm at the moment for porridge for me.
  • That when the farmers are spreading slurry I need a room that they can leave all their clothes and boots in and get a wash before they come into the house !. The slight smell of slurry in the house is not pleasant.
  • That this years potatoes haven’t reached that burst open dryness yet and they are still really expensive.
  • That you can be a tourist and have a lovely day away less than two hours from home if you set your mind to it.
  • That my gluten free cornflakes has so much more added sugar than just normal cornflakes, which I don’t understand.
  • That the best cup of tea I have had in a cafe in ages and the best gluten free scone I have ever had I got in a little cafe in Kilkenny just across the street from Kytelers Inn in the city. The scone beat the ones I get in Avoca hands down! and the farmer said their normal scones were amazing and only 4.95 for tea/coffee and a scone.

 

So there is what I have learned this week, how has your week been? 

My Summer Reading.


So I might have gotten a little ahead of myself but they do say God loves a trier !. Over the last few weeks I have been on a little bit of a book shopping spree and the above are what I have picked as my Summer reads. Now anyone that knows me I am a book a month person, if it’s really good I might manage two a month but as you can see from the photo I seem to think I will manage three a month for the nine weeks I am off for the summer. I have been taking part in Laura’s The year in books which I am really enjoying because it gives me a reason to read each month but for the summer I wanted a little challenge.

So above are my book choices, the first is the new Anita Shreve, I have loved her books for years because they totally engulf you and after you have finished you are still thinking about the story. The next is by Dominique Loreau, Dominique gives an insight into the French way of life how to balance every part of our lives more which I am looking forward to starting this might be my first read of the group. Next I have two books by Jessie Burton, now I have heard very mixed reviews about these. Some say they are amazing and others have said they are painful to try read and were never finished so I will have to let you know how I get on with these. When we were on holidays at the start of the month we went to the Titanic centre in Belfast and I picked up The Girl Who Came Home, this is a story about a group from Ireland who get passage on the Titanic and what happens to them on the journey. The last I picked up in Wexford this week and it’s by William Ryan and its about a solider in World War two and a woman he helps.

So there is a little over view of what I have picked, I am hoping I will get at least three read over the nine weeks I don’t see myself reading them all I wouldn’t have that much free time but I suppose I can dream.

Let me know what your Summer reading choices are? so I can add to my to read pile and let me know if you have read any of mine and what you thought of them.

 

Plans For The Summer.


The count down is on, only three weeks left till myself and Sid are off from school for the summer, eight weeks of being at home all of us together. I try to make plans of some things to do over the summer because if I didn’t the summer weeks would slip by in a blur of farming and horses and housework so having a plan helps us leave the yard an odd day. So here is some of what we want to try do this summer: 

  • Go most days to the International Dublin Horse Show.
  • Climb two locals hills/ mountain.
  • Read at least 3 books over the 8 weeks.
  • Go swimming in the sea.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to the cinema.
  • Have fun.

What plans have you for your summer? 

Our Fun Family Holiday.


2017 has been one of the most stressful years on us and a break was needed. Due to different reasons a short break was all we could go on so myself, the farmer and Sid all headed off on Monday morning for our two nights and three days away from all the madness.

Our first stop on Monday was Dublin Zoo. This is a great day out for anyone with so much to see. We loved the baby Rhino he was such a cutie. It’s amazing to see these animals so close. After the zoo we headed to have a look around Liffey valley shopping centre and then on to our hotel which was The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club.

Sid has an obsession with all things Titanic so we decided we would head to Belfast and The Titanic museum on Tuesday. This is an amazing centre, when you see it from start to finish and hear real survivors tell their stories it gives you goose bumps.

Sid loved it he was actually there and even dressed up as one of the crew.

And yesterday for our last day we headed back towards home and we went to Powerscourt House and Gardens and to Powerscourt waterfall. This is a beautiful place and you can get right up beside the waterfall. There is also a great playground that caters for all ages from the very young right up to teenagers. 

So here are some of the details, The Zoo is great and you could spend all day there, you can bring a picnic in if you want it was nearly €50 for the three of us.  Liffey valley is not Coeliac friendly for food. We stayed in The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club,it’s located close to Dublin, it’s not expensive, its child friendly and the food is good. It possibly wasn’t as well kept or organised as the last time we were there but they are in the middle of extending it so we will give them a break as every other time we have stayed it’s been so good. Belfast was 2 hrs from our hotel and the Titanic was amazing, very easy to get to, good parking, good food but would really suit kids from 10yrs up but Sid did love it. We also went to W5 which is a kids science museum right across from the Titanic centre, that was really good. Powerscourt House and Gardens was €10 per adult to see the gardens we didn’t go but if you love gardens then do go. You can still go around the house, shops and get food without having to pay. For families the waterfall wins hands down ! Kids have a great playground, loads of room to run around, BBQ areas, hot food and shop on site and beautiful walks around the waterfall. This is €6 per adult and €3.50 per child. 

As a short break we had a great Time, where we stayed was close to everything we wanted to see and I can’t wait to plan next year’s now. 

Where are you going this summer ?