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.


  • I learned yesterday how to to take moody photos like the one of Sid above.
  • I learned that its really nice to meet people you know for years online off line.
  • That I have an idea for something floating around in my head for a while and maybe I should start seeing can I get it into action.
  • I learned that if you work hard enough anything is possible after a really nice email from my editor.
  • I learned that the only way to stop having to go everyday to the shop is to do a really good weekly food shop, only had to go for milk and read once this week.
  • I had thought all my hormonal issues were easing up the last few months but no it hit with force again this month.
  • I learned that the only way I can have a productive week is to use my planning by three.
  • I also learned that even when I have it all planned and have the best intentions there are times when I just won’t get it all done.
  • That we need to just stop and make the most of time when we are off from work, myself and Sid decided on Wednesday to just head to the beach and we had a great time.
  • That I would read a lot of books if I didn’t have to work.

What did you learn this week?

What Always Makes You Feel Better? 


Thalassophile 

( n.) a lover of the sea, someone who loves the sea, ocean. 

For me I have two, one is going horse riding and the other is a walk on a beach. No matter how stressed,  fed up, under pressure, sad or just in need of a break I am doing one of these will always make me feel more relaxed. So this afternoon we headed to the beach.

” nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach ” 

What is your go to stress reliever ? 

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? 

When a holiday isn’t a holiday.


I am very lucky with my job away from the farm, being a Montessori teacher means I get all school holidays off which is great because it breaks up the year. The only difference with my holidays from work is that it’s not time off. Now maybe most people are the same I don’t know but on a farm a holiday is normally not a holiday, far from it. 

I had two weeks off at Easter, a time to relax with family, eat loads of chocolate and get excited about the warm weather approaching. In my case I was really looking forward to going back to work after my two weeks off just to have a rest. 

Living on a farm means any time someone is off from work, school or college means a few days or weeks to get as much jobs as possible done and work as many hours as you can. While it is a great life to have for adults and kids it is also a hard one but it does make you really enjoy those few minutes of peace or when you can take a Sunday off and relax for the day. Definitely life on a farm makes you appreciate the little things an awful lot more. 

So roll on the next break in eight weeks Time, two months then to get lots of work done. 

Elaine.

What I Learned This Week.


  • Getting time on the farm is always good.
  • My baby calves from December are getting big.
  • Having holidays are nice even if you just stay at home.
  • A surprise email can make your day.
  • Kids don’t need fancy gadgets or the latest toys to be happy.
  • Getting a new bed can be like winning the lotto.
  • There are never enough clean cups.
  • I need to start wearing sun cream on my face.
  • If you are stressed it will eventually just boil over.
  • Five minutes sitting in the sun reading a good book is really nice. 
  • Spending less time on social media is also nice and I am not missing it yet. 
  • If there is chocolate in the house I am going to eat it.

How has your week been? Happy Easter everyone.

Elaine