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Published: April 19th 2011
The world's biggest Palm Sunday Cross!
We're still in Northern Ireland having a wonderful time. The temperature is supposed to be around 20 degrees today ..... heatwave! Needless to say it's warm and balmy and very pleasant. Lots of birds about for the birdwatcher on our trip!
On Sunday morning, Peter and Barbara made the 20 minute trip into Belfast to attend a Choral Eucharist at Belfast Cathedral. It is a splendid building and like much of Belfast was Blitzed 70 years ago this week. In the afternoon we spent some time with David and Barbara and their family Karl, Bronagh, Claire and Jack. It was a lot of fun and way too much drink was taken. Instead of a movie on the BIG screen in the lounge room we played games using X Box and Connect. This technology allows you to actually enter the game. It scans your dimensions and then you become a character on the screen. It's amazing! I did bowling with Claire who's five and I only just beat her. It's like wii without the hand held gadgets. I'd love to get one but we'd have to stand on the coffee table to be able to play. Perhaps it
Claire and Jack
With Buster the cat and Cara the dog who takes Peter for a walk every day
would be an incentive for us to get rid of some of our junk (heaven forbid)!
Yesterday we went to the republic to visit a distillery (fancy that-who would have thought it!). On the way we had a picnic near the beach. View was great but the wind was bitter. We all ended up sitting in the car to eat. It wasn't quite a true Irish picnic because it didn't rain! We spent a little bit of time in a tiny, quaint medieval town called Carlingford which is dominated by King John’s Castle which was built in the 12th century on a rocky outcrop overlooking Carlingford Lough This was the first stone building built in Carlingford and under the shadow of the castle the town grew. It is said that King John of England stayed here for a few days in 1210 AD, which gave it it's name.
Cooley Distillery was interesting. Firstly it was impossible to find, with no sign, on an unnamed road and it was only as we had the GPS coordinates, we were able to find it.We were able to drive in the high locked gate, as a big truck was coming out. Anyway
I found my way to the office where there was a sign "ALL VISITORS TO REPORT TO RECEPTION" When I entered and finally found someone in an office I asked where reception was. I was told "Oh, we don't have a reception"!! I then said that I was here for a tour and she said ":Do you want Eddie?" I said "Is he the tour guide?" and she said "usually", so she rang him. Anyway Eddie & I , along with David & Barbara, four late arriving Swedes (did they get lost?) and Matt the American Irishman had an interesting hour and a half being entertained by Eddie and seeing the working distillery. Afterward we retired to a local bar, where they have lots of whiskey for tasting. If we hadn't had to get back home, we would still be there drinking their product. It was especially interesting to me, as I almost became the Australian Brand Ambassador, when Tom O'Donnell had the Oz distribution rights in 2005. Unfortunately he went broke, so it has languished, and now Suntory are distributing Cooley's products.
After the last blog was written, Karl came around with his new guns, a shotgun and
a high powered rifle (between .22 and 223 caliber). He and I had a competition with targets and I was pleased to say that I can still shoot straight. It would be the first time in almost 20 years that I have shot a rifle, and after we corrected his telescopic sight, I managed some good scores. It is interesting that the gun ownership rules are similar to ours and the last signature needed on his license was that of the Chief constable for NI! While we have been here, there have been a number of bomb warnings given, but only one bomb was found. So far we have been unaffected by all this.
Sandra has been captivated by all the Royal Wedding. The papers have been full of rubbish about it, but Sandy has devoured it all. I will be glad when it will be all over. I am sure that she will edit this section!!!!!
Absolutely! I'm just getting started on the Royal Wedding stuff. The TV and papers are full of stories about who's wearing what; who's going or not invited to the wedding. Even "specials" about Kate's family, including the fish and chip
man who has a motto on his wall "God Save the Cod"!I'm hoping to go to a party in the Wellington Heath village. I've bought a new jacket for the day so I look nice and smart. Peter is not participating...indeed he's going anywhere that doesn't have a TV. What a wimp!
I've just seen that the chasers are doing a royal wedding special. If anyone could tape that, I'd really appreciate it. Speaking of send ups, you might like to look at this spoof video of the royal family dancing up the aisle. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/305737
Well that's all from. We're off to England tomorrow and dying to meet our new little granddaughter.
pj and Sandy
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