On our way back to Carlow, I saw three signs on the side of the road telling us to come to sample their coffee and food.
Go on, treat yourself, you know you wanna.
Better food than your Mammy’s!
I had to stop here as they had got the apostrophe right.
Lir’s Cafe bar is really a pub/bar but does rather good coffee. Plus, it has free wifi so me and iPad were really happy!
Lunch is good a chicken pesto wrap with fries to share €5.95. Really, nice little waiting staff. There is never usually a reason to stop in Ballaghadreen and now there is!
This could be our new stop!
After this, I’m on the way to buy my new shoes In Dundrum, LK Bennett shoes are to be mine at last! I had promised myself these shoes if I completed a task( sounds mysterious but it’s not) and when I didn’t complete the task, Simon gave me a voucher for them for my birthday!
I’ll take photos later and demonstrate how cute they are!
Sundays can be boring. Yes, Sundays are boring. The only good thing about Sunday mostly are the papers. I demand that shops open 24 hours a day. I demand that banks open when I finish work.
So, we are in Mayo( where I’m from!) for weekend and decided to take drive. Stopped at Mary’s kitchen coffee shop on the way. Mary’s is in an idyllic, tiny town called Ballycastle, beside the famous Ceide Fields. Always wanted to pop in here, it’s been open for 13 years! I got my chance today. It’s a very homely, printed tablecloth type coffee shop with a glowing, healing crystal alongside a crucifix. Strange but true!
I can’t really comment on the food as I only had coffee. Though, Simon had a scone, which he dubbed “pleasant”. In Simon language, this means “average or ever so slightly above” I might also add that a scone could only really be average. It’s a scone, that’s all.
Mary gave us free refills and generally was very attentive. I was trying to write and found it hard when the quiet coffeeshop turned into a swarm of little toddlers making unnecessary noise and the like.
We got back on the road to Ballina and searched for the Ice Hotel, a venue ice heard great things about. A local informed us that it would take far too long to walk to and pointed us in the direction of “Dillon’s Pub”, this place has won loads of awards and when a local recommends a place, who an u to turn it down?
The waitress was lovely and geeky and expressed her annoyance at the fact that there are no wifi hotspots in Ballina at all. We agree with her totally and ate glad we have 3g!
The menu is massive here and has everything you could ever want! Pizza, pasta, steak, wraps, fajitta and jacket potatoes stuffed with various fillings. I ordered jacket potato with garlic chicken, cheese and garlic sauce and Simon ordered the chicken fajittas.
Really tasty but a massive portion! That’s my criticism of eateries these days. Far to much. Yes, I know there are people out there who like their grub but I shouldn’t have to pay for your portion sizes! I paid 9.95€ for 2 f;$) off jacket spuds loaded plus massive salad and a portion of potato salad! I can only eat half. Why not two options on the menu?
Normal size portion- 1 jacket potato with small salad-5.95€
extra hungry and huge portion designed for 2 people-2 jacket spuds with huge salad and extra potato salad.
Not much to ask for?
For the last 2 weeks i have had a good old stab at a non-eating meat diet! Not too bad actually. Although how I am doing it I don’t know as I have an official Vegetable and bitty fruit phobia…Since meeting Simon however I have managed to get over this phobia! Honest, don’t laugh! When I met Simon I couldn’t even eat spag bol with bits of onion or tomato in it and had to sieve it or pick it out with a fork or some other implement!
I have advanced onto eating many different veg, though with reluctance..I have a feeling that if I keep at it, my body will adjust!
Actually, the first time I tried a tangerine I used to have a force a tiny piece down me and chew and chew and when eventually I knew i had to swallow it, I would visibly gag…Poor me! Today, I ate a full tangerine on the way home, I rock and i have came a long way! Used to live with a gang of girlies in Dublin when I went to college. I survived on waffles, oven chips and pizza and garlic chips…not one bit of veg or fruit for all that time and i would estimate my body has not seen fruit and veg for about 20 years!
I worry that I will die of cancer because of this. I know I worry about everything!
So, who knows in a years time I may be a fully fledged fruit and veg goodness eater? A natural one that doesn’t balk at the thought of it!
Wish me luck and freshness!
It is a bit strange, I think. The wine glasses that we bought almost 6 years ago have started to fade. They used to be black but now the black has started to rub off the glass making the glass slightly embarrassing to use for future company. We bought them in that particular colour as we were obsessed with black at that time.
We had black plates, cups, toast holder, egg cups, butter holder, gravy jug, water jug and I am sure many more of these black items for our kitchen.
Now it seems much more fashionable to mix and match colours and styles of our homeware.
this trend can be seen in women’s’ fashion- 5 years ago, everything matched like jewelry, shoes, clothes and even eyeshadow.
(Simon wrote this by the way)
I often wonder what “respectable home owners” do. Part of me wants to be one and the other part of me wants to completely rebel against it. From what I can gather, minimalism is in. A room should contain as little as possible. For example, a sitting room should contain a sofa, an armchair, a television and stand and a lamp. Colour should also be used carefully. Monochrome is essential here. So if you pick beige as your colour then everything should be beige or tones of beige. The twist, however, is that you need a twist of colour – generally a colour that is on the opposite end of the colour spectrum. Therefore, a colour like cyan or turquoise offsets the humdrum look of a beige room. Add a single stem in a narrow vase in another complimentary colour and you have a respectable sitting room.
It also goes without saying that every room in a respectable house should have a focal point – an interesting picture, a colourful bed pan or a clever patterned tile. It should scream out – “look at me” – but obviously in a respectable way. Anyone who screams in a respectable home is obviously a Philistanic family member or neighbour.
It was about time we got rid of our former black glasses. In fact, it probably was time we got rid of any black-coloured item. A trip down to the Next store would be inspirational indeed. This season’s colour could be seen and then we could go to other shops to buy them but for half the price. A respectable family, of course, would not shop in a multi-national company like Next. They must shop in boutique-style places where every piece of furniture has a story. For instance, a kitchen table must be made from the purest oak from Venezuela and dipped in the creamiest Magnolia from the paint pots of Swiss artists and then lovingly carried by three priests to the shop where the price tag is written in Nepalese ink for no less than one thousand euro.
I occasionally write reviews for the teachers’ union magazine and this summer i received a package with a book for me to review..It was a novel( and I use the term novel loosely) written by a very successful author for little girlie girls..unlike me obviously.
I wrote my scathing 200 word review and sent it to Simon, my husband to check it for grammar and other mad mistakes I am liable to make when I type fast and dislike a book.
He sent me back the following reply.
Dear Mrs. Lewis
Thanks your for sending your review of “Bonjour Alice” to our offices. Unfortunately, we are far too busy killing our French competitors in a secret, underground publishing company war which has been going on for 400 years. We believe that books like “Bonjour Alice” are ultimate weapons in our plot to make women dumb. We have already infiltrated many formerly clever women’s brains so they read our books and excuse it as “light” or “swimming-pool” or “holiday” reading. We have also introduced other books which other supposedly intelligent women would consider “yeah, it’s chick-lit but it’s a bit more high-brow, like”. We are now infiltrating younger female brains in order that when they reach the age of 18, they will be ready to read our ultimate weapon of mass destruction – well WOMD to our French competitors… this weapon will be so fierce that no French author will ever write a novel again. Gone will be the days of “Chocolat” or “Amelie” and everyone will be reading “Where Rainbows End” and “Tara Hill”. This book will be co-written by Cecilia Ahern, Maeve Binchy, Pamela Flood, Amanda Brunker (our latest soldier in the destruction of women’s brains and French authors) and “that girl that used to be in Fair City who used to be really ugly and wore thick framed glasses but they’ve done the best they could do with her now”.
Our company wishes to offer you ONE tip in improving your review…. Judi Dench did NOT write the book. (See below!)
PS if you could kill a few Frnech people on your way out, that would really help us out.
CONCLUSION: My husband is rather funny.
I have always hated veg, well, that’s a lie as i do remember eating veg when I was about 6…I think at some point I was force fed and I basically went on strike from all veg..
Since I have met my husband, he has slowly encouraged me to eat more!when I met him about 8 years ago, i couldn’t even eat spag bol as it had “bits”, he had to cook 2 separate dinners and blend mine into a baby food..
Okay, I am still not brilliant but I try most things and tonight had baby corn, green beans, touf and onion chow mein, I wonder will I ever get to the stage where I eat veg without thinking about it.
I also force myself to eat 2 pieces of fruit a day and and aiming for 3 portions of fruit!Sad?Well, i am trying and I really believe I had and still have slightly a veg phobia…is there a doctor that can cure me?
Well,my big sis had a little baby boy today by planned caesarian…she sent me a photo of him by mobile and he looked plump and contented!they have called him Ciarán Michael which is nice and Irish.
Mairead, his big sister of 5 years of age was shocked at first, she wanted her Mum to have a baby girl but I think she got over it quickly when I mentioned presents and surprises.
A child in my class today told me that her Mum is having a baby, she is convinced that it will be a girl adn if it isn’t then her Mum has promised to buy her a baby girl..don’t laugh, the way children and moreso Parents are, I wouldn’t be surprised if a parent bought their child a baby of the correct sex to stop them crying..
I overheard a parent saying to her child to day, he was bout 3 or 4..
and so on
“No, John, i won’t negotiate with you.”
John proceeded to “negotiate” in his own way by shouting, screaming and generally doing what ever he pleased, Mum proceeded not to be able to “negotiate”
big words…i blame Supernanny..
wow, cannot believe i have been Simon’s wife for 6 months, thinking back to that day, it was and will always be the most special day of my life…i pine for that day!
Simon looked gorge and all our friends and family surrounded us, we had happiness oozing out of us…I love the fact we got a dvd as i can just watch it and sigh!
I would do it all again in the morning, the planning, the dress, the bridesmaids, the meal tasting..loved it all!
I count my lucky stars every day to have met someone like Si…they don’t make many men like him, in fact none!
for you, Simon!
Love and energy hugs
I am half way through the bottle of Advanced night repair, estee lauder and am starting to see amazing results, my skin is much smoother, any small lines that were forming look less and less and every morning I have a glow about my face, I would recommend i highly!Even though it is pricey( €50), I think it rocks..I ama hoping to use the bottle up by the time I get to duty free in a month!Want to try Dr. WElls super mushroom serum and then I can decide which one is the best!
Also want to buy a pair of good sunglasses, Ray bans appeal to me highly but simon says not to buy them as I will resemble one of my crazy relatives, I won’t mention her name but let’s just say it has made me think carefully about buying them!
Anyway, 3 weeks and 3 days till Dubrovnik…shame I couldnt use ANR on the rest of my body!!Imagine a big bottle version, actually there probably is a version, I will go check it out!
after having 2 weeks away from work, you would think that I would be reenergised for at least a week, no,no,no…
i am wrecked at 7 p.m. on Day 2, the little children have been filling my mind with mad stories, which make me laugh openly at their madness but that in turn sets them off laughing and it falls into chaos for at least 5 seconds….until I should out “Lamha suas”
At the minute, my class love doing anything I do…they are now obsessed with drinking water just like teacher, how cute except they suck on the bottle like a dummy and need to use the toilet alot more.
Already looking forward to weekend and resting…big birthday party coming up..Father in Law is 65!
Myself and Simon are “in charge” of the sweet things, Am cooking lots of fancy, dark choc and marshmallow type things that I won’t be able to eat..
I am taking inspiration for at least a week from my friend. M. She never eats crap of any form, she never drinks alcohol, dairy, fat, sugar and anything nice really..what is left, you may ask?Well, the healthy, good things that make her look all glowy and positive and nice.
Just to clarify, I am giving up choc, biscuits, cakes etc for a week to begin with, we’ll see!
Rozzie( with no choc in her system but there are at least 6 Easter Eggs, 1 box of organic chocolate truffles( which my friend M. brought?) and a box of Lily O Briens in the cupboard, roll on SAturday!!