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 Β 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.

Our New Youtube Channel.


So we have started a new Youtube channel , to share my daily life with you all. The plan for this channel is to share every second month of daily vlogs , some beauty and fashion videos and maybe some Q and A’s and anything else that I want to share over the coming months. If you have time please have a look, here is my intro video and don’t forget to hit that lovely red subscribe button because when I hit 100 subscribers I will be able to get a custom url and it will be so much easier to find the channel. Let me know if there is any videos you would like me to make in the comments below.

Elaine x .

My Hen Weekend .


  
So it’s just around the corner, the big day , the point of no return ! . It’s just flying by and I don’t know where it’s going . 

A tradition is to have a Hen for the girls and a stag for the boys . I am not a drinker and I would probably rather my bed than a night partying so trying to think of a fun Hen took a little time . 

I have to say now before I tell you guys about my Hen , I have two of the best bridesmaids any bride could ask for and they spoilt me rotten all weekend , love you guys πŸ™‚ 

  
The weekend started on the Saturday , after rushing in after lessons changing my clothes and getting Sam to do my make up, we all headed into The Primrose Cottage Cafe in Gorey Co Wexford for late afternoon tea . There was 14 of us at the tea party and all I can saw was at times it was totally mental . So much for a calm , peaceful tea party for the older ladies in our group ! 

   
 
The food was amazing and the table was laid out like a princess tea party , full of China cups and plates and very pretty cakes . 

  
After we had all settled in the girls started to bring me different bags they had made for me , from one full of knickers , one full of beauty treats and lots and lots more goodies . One was an apron with a totally new body for me . 

  
We played a question game that covered everything from what food would Paul lick off me to the wildest place we have had sex , I thought his sister and my mother might have had a stroke at this stage !! 

The last game they had was to make me a wedding dress from toilet roll so at least I will have a back up plan on the day if all else fails πŸ™‚ 

  
When all tea drinking was done it was time for home and bed to get ready for the next day of fun . 

  
The next morning started at nine and my bridesmaids presented me with this tea shirt , they had some as well with bridesmaid written on the back . We loaded into my car and headed for Abbyfield Farm in Clane in Co Kildare to do horse riding , clay pigeon shooting , air rifle shooting and archery . I think it was the most fun I have had in ages and while I didn’t hit many clays I had great fun trying . 

   
    
    
 
When we were finished we headed to the Osprey Hotel in Naas , where we all had two mini treatments and then had a beautiful dinner and I had a non alcoholic cocktail which was yum . 

  
We were in bed and asleep by half eleven after a really busy but fun day . The next more we were up and down for a huge breakfast by nine , one bridesmaid needed a little help to get up but that was sorted with a few drops of water πŸ™‚ . We headed first to Kildare village for some shopping and I a pretty mug from Radley , I have a little mug obsession . 

  
After we had spent all our money in Kildare we headed to Newbridge silverware and looked at their style icon museum , god those women must never have eaten anything ! . It was really interesting to see all the clothes for years ago . We had our lunch here as well which was really tasty . We couldn’t come as far as the Curragh and not go to TRI Equestrian to have a look around at all the tack and yard clothes . We headed home after this but couldn’t finish our weekend without a trip to Eddie Rockets . 

If the wedding weekend which is now in two weeks !! Is half as much fun or I even laugh half as much I will have a great day . My bridesmaids organised my perfect Hen for me and I am very honoured they both said yes when I asked them . So roll on the big day and lots more fun and laughter πŸ™‚ 

Elaine x .