Another Week Goes By


Our guests finally arrived at about 12.30 (night-time). Poor loves had a hell of a day started at 6 and their car broke down so they missed their ferry. Re-booked the ferry and had a 5 hour drive to us in the rain and dark. We met them and gave them the briefest trip around the chalet as they both looked shattered. We went back to the film we were watching about Enid Blyton which was very good and an eye opener so we didn’t get to bed until ½ past one.


I’ve tried out my new petrol strimmer – it’s a beast! It knocked down the tall grass and weeds in next to no time at all so while I was in the mood, after dinner, I got out Thunderbird 3 (ride on mower) and cut all the grass.


Patrick and Michael came this morning with the “Jack and Jill” seat. Patrick had already delivered the picnic table. Both are strongly made which is what I wanted. I will have to sand them both down because the wood preservative he has used has brought up the grain so it needs to be smoothed down which will finish the job.

I’ve noticed another job to do – all 3 sheds need a coat of preservative when I can and the whole of the bungalow needs to be painted. Tell me, how did I find time to go to work?

Off to see Jimmy in the morning to try to sort out the diabetic medication as it’s gone haywire lately. I woke up this morning at half past four and I felt a hypo coming on so pinched Maggie’s orange and a naughty bar which settled everything then just before breakfast my reading was only just over 3 (normal for me is 5 to 6) so I’ve not taken any medication today I will before bed. I have to see Jimmy before I eat so I cannot afford to have a very low reading as I have to drive there.  Afterwards Maggie has an appointment at Mayo General for an gastroscope examination possibly a C.T. scan as well. The poor love has to be starving and the appointment isn’t until 1 o’clock. Just a bit unreasonable.


Saw Jimmy this morning and he took several blood tests and he will decide what to do when the results come back in 2 weeks time.

Took Maggie to the hospital for some tests to make sure that all is well and she has an inflamation in her stomach nothing more, thank goodness. That trip took the rest of the day so the evening was taken up with relaxing after the anxious afternoon that we had. (Understandable after my experience last year)


Another fine day and time to do a little work in the garden. Decided to take the chicken feed (2 bags) around to the shed and to save overdoing it put them into the wheelbarrow, well now it’s a barrow not a wheelbarrow because the wheel has broken. Spent the next hour constructing a trolley that I bought months ago so that was the end of the morning. The afternoon was spent rubbing down the picnic table and applying some wood preservative to it. Now “tis proper job” I shall have to do the same to the Jack and Jill seat. And the other old Jack and Jill seat will have to be repaired and rubbed down to the bare wood and a good coat of preservative applied.

Saw our guests this afternoon and everything seems to be well and they are enjoying themselves. They said that they will be leaving early on Saturday would you believe 8.30!!

I phoned our guests for next week who are coming from Leeds. They expect to be here about 6 o’ clock in the evening.I explained the fault on the sat nav as they all fail to accept that the road between Balla and Mayo Abbey is continuous. Hope they have a good time and weather.


I don’t think I mentioned that my grand-daughter Lily is at Glastonbury no not as an artist but she is being paid to be part of their security and she is enjoying every minute

Managed to get a new wheel for the barrow and now it is a wheel-barrow again


Shopping day so off to Castlebar to get the essentials and the welcome breakfast pack for the cottage guests arriving on Saturday. On the way back we called into our watering hole (Mannions) for a glass of lunch and some food.


Well our Scottish guests left this morning and left some lovely comments in the visitors book although they were very quiet they seemed to enjoy themselves and their comments backed this up. We have a book in the cottage called the experiences book for guests to write any good experiences they have had like a good place to visit or a good meal they have had so that other guests can share their good times. This book is filling up quite nicely and their exploring will be a help for others

Phoned my brother in Australia this morning as it is his birthday. I called him on my mobile sounds extravagant but Tesco mobile only costs 1¢ per minute so our 42 minute call only cost me 42¢ not bad.

We are expecting our next visitors at about 6 o’clock this evening hope they are as nice as our previous guests but then as my cousin Peter says they are all nice they’re on holiday.

And Life Goes On

It’s hard to believe that Maisie and Andy have been home for a week. Time has gone by so fast while we have been getting everything ready for the next 7 weeks while we have guests staying at St. Joseph Lodge.

For some reason the smoke detector has fallen off the ceiling and I have had to re-fix it. I don’t know of the way to determine the location of the joists above the ceiling to screw the detector up there so I use double sided tape which usually works quite well.(any hints welcome)

The lawn had to be cut, well I say lawn but consider that until we moved in it has always been pasture so we have a lovely expance of clover and buttercups but at least when it’s cut it’s all green.

I got attacked this week! There I was collecting the eggs when there was a flash as Rastus the cockerel charged in and pecked me drawing blood. I gently explaned to him that he could have that one but once more then he goes to a very cold place (freezer)

The Grass was long but not now

The Grass was long but not now

When I was cutting the grass (and clover and buttercups) the grass at the edges was waist high and considering that my petrol strimmer is rubbish I have decided to get a new one so off I went and now I have got a super one and there will be no stopping me soon.

It has been an expensive week as I have also had to get a new battery for Dad’s old car. I like to keep it running as it has a tow bar fitted so it is used for taking the bins to the bottom of the lane for collection and for taking my little trailer when I go to get straw for the chicken runs. It is also used for getting the turf in (when I am able to do it).

On that score if anyone is interested I am recovering from the surgery quite well with only a few aches now, the scars are pulling a bit but I am able to do a little more each day. I am having a little difficulty in controlling my diabetes at the moment because just lately I am getting a reading of 2 – 3 instead of 5 – 6 and I am afraid of going into a hypo so I am reluctant to take my medication until much later in the day. (and then I don’t take all of them) however I am seeing Jimmy (Dr) on Tuesday so hopefully we will be able to sort it out a little better.

We have a lady from Scotland coming on Saturday for a week staying in St. Joseph Lodge then the fun begins as we have seven weeks back to back. The guests are scheduled to leave by 10 o’ clock and the new ones arrive after 3 o’ clock so everything must be perfect for when the new guests arrive.


Friends Coming to Stay

We’ve got friends coming to stay. Well I say friends really they are Maggie’s cousin Maisie and her husband Andy but I regard them as friends. There has been much preparation and cleaning going on around here and after tomorrow all will be ready. Just as well as I shall be picking them up from the airport on Tuesday at 11.15, so all being well we will be getting a spot of lunch on the way back. The weather doesn’t look too promising after the glorious week we have just had but with friends the weather just doesn’t matter. Monday has been and is nearly over spent with last-minute “tarting up” and shopping so now all I will have to do is get the little car started and take the bins to the bottom of the lane (1km each way) for collection early Wednesday morning. We intend to leave here at about 10 o’clock tomorrow so as to be sure of being at the airport in good time to meet them.

Wet Welcome Well Ireland provided it’s usual welcome by washing everything clean – all day! Ryanair did it’s usual arrived early (how they work out their schedules I will never know) Captain Skippy was the pilot (bouncy landing) It was lovely to see them both. We didn’t do much on that day just the girls nattering and catching up.

Westport The forecast was rain BUT we woke to beautiful sunshine so off we went to Westport. Maisie loved the small shops and lunch time came so we called into a hotel for lunch. Maisie is celiac and vegetarian so we have to get the chef to accommodate. They often love it because of the challenge and he came up trumps with a lovely meal. Afterwards we went over to Westport Harbour

Andy & Maisie at Westport

Andy & Maisie at Westport

From the Harbour we went over to Murrisk to the foot of Croagh Patrick and also to the Famine Memorial

Famine Memorial

Famine Memorial

Croagh Patrick through Our Lady Queen of Peace

Croagh Patrick through Our Lady Queen of Peace

Enniscone & Ballina Another wet forecast and this time it did BUT only when we were under cover so not too bad. We went over to Enniscrone to see the surfing beach but Andy wasn’t too keen – well it was cold and no wet suit. On we went to Easky where we found a very nice restaurant and another accommodating chef. Maisie was a bit miffed because the batter used on the fish was wheat free as we found out later. As it came on to rain we decided to go back to Ballina and did some shopping.

Turlough A wet day but we had saved the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life for such a day as it is all indoors. A very interesting museum of life as it was in days gone by.

Studying at the Museum

Studying at the Museum

As the restaurant was full we went to Breaffy Hotel where we had yet another very good meal from an excellent chef

Kiltimagh.Last day but the plane doesn’t leave until 10 to 5 so we have time to do a little exploring so off to Kiltimagh.Maisie was intrigued by the statues around and about and the small shops all around. We did see a sign outside a pub which stated that they were “Drinking Consultants”

Drinking Consultants

Drinking Consultants

We went into a pub and had a very leisurely meal and a very good time


having a jolly good time

Having a Jolly Good Time







They took their pictures

Looking at Page three

Then we went off to Knock to say our goodbyes

Good Bye Please come again

Good Bye Please come again

We have had a lovely week seeing part of Ireland through someone elses eyes

That Was The Week That Was

What an interesting week we’ve had. First of all this week must be summer because we have had NO RAIN and wall to wall sunshine. Bliss.
We had another weeks booking from Hogans and on Wednesday when we have our yearly booking sheen we had 2 glowing reports from our latest guests:-
“The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. Very accommodating. The property was perfect and lovely spot. The location was serene and beautiful, surrounded by fields and nice views”.
“The friendliness of the people, and the scenery was very good. The cottage was very cosy, quiet, and relaxing, it made for a very welcoming break.”

We need a larger hat size now
We have spent quite a time in the garden trying to catch up with the weeding and to keep the lawn in check. I try to do what I can but I still get tired very quickly. I’m just impatient and must learn to walk before I run.
Friday was Maggie’s birthday but we had to go to Galway for her to have a routine check. The appointment was for ¼ to 12 so we arrived at 11.30 parked and went into the unit. I just sat down when she was called, had a chat with the Dr. was examined and we left the unit at ¼ to 12. I’ve never been in and out of a hospital that quick before.

Afterwards we went to Ballinrobe for some lunch at our favourite Cafe. It had changed hands but was still very good. I still fail to see how anyone can charge €2.00 for one tea bag and some hot water.
On the way home we stopped for some shopping but we will have to go again on Monday because Maggie’s cousin Maisie and her husband Andy are coming to stay for a few days. Maisie, poor girl is celiac and also being veggie makes life a little difficult for her. We are really looking forward to seeing them again.
Oh! well dear reader that’s all for now
Toodle Pip

First Visitors

Well we’ve started! We have had 3 lots of visitors so far with more to come. They seem to be more international with the first from Holland, the next from Wales and now our latest has just left to return to Canada. We have had some problems with the wi-fi but that seems to be resolved now. We have found that it doesn’t take long to clean up after they have left and we make it almost ready for new people to arrive.I say almost because we also provide breakfast for the first day. Don’t get me wrong we don’t cook it for them but we provide the bacon, eggs (courtesy of our “girls”), black pudding, sausages, bread & butter, tea & coffee, and milk and sugar. We have found that when we have been away on holiday in self catering premises the most important thing is breakfast. After travelling for several hours with the resulting traffic jams and other mishaps we may have been delayed arriving perhaps after the shops have shut but with a good breakfast inside us we then have all day to explore and also pick up the goodies.

We have put a book in the cottage for guests to put places they have visited and any comments also anywhere they have been and enjoyed a meal or entertainment etc. That is building up quite nicely with some good tips already. We have had no complaints as yet but I expect one day we will. Lets face it you can’t please everyone although we try. We don’t expect to make a fortune out of this venture but if it helps to offset the fuel costs it will be a bonus.