Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter Sunday in Kerry

I am in Ireland at the moment, and I spent the long Easter weekend in Kerry. Only friggin' gorgeous it was. Californian weather. My brother announced he was going to buy a fleet of SUVs just to egg global warming on a bit - he hopes this will increase the likelihood of Ireland's weather trending towards the balmy side of the thermometer.

Yesterday some went to mass, and some ate cholate eggs, but we took blue-sky advantage and hiked up past Annascaul Lake, and, to my surprise, Shane (who came to Ireland with me), made it to the top and down. I was sure his five year old legs would get knackered at some stage and I'd end up carrying him down. There was a small trick involved, though - my sister informed him that Gruffalos * lived at the top of the mountain, but probably weren't there as they were taking their annual holidays to China.

Half way up, he proved his city slickerdness and asked my brother-in-law how many more blocks were left to go.

*If you aren't a parent, it's a fantastic childrens' book, if you are a parent and haven't heard of it, go buy it.

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Blogger fatmammycat said...

Beautiful photos John, really fabulous.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Aw it looks lovely where you are, John.

The Gruffalo kicks, man! Loads of fun, my girls love them.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Kav said...

There's also The Gruffalo's Child, the follow up. It's brilliant. Some books I dread reading when they're going to bed, but The Gruffalo's fun.

Great pics. I must email you for some advice but I keep forgetting.

1:17 AM  
Blogger John Mc said...

Yup the Gruffalo is great - we have all of them courtesy of my sister who buys the best children's books. She also got us this great book about a Mole trying to figure out which animal shat on his head! Can't remember the name but it's basically about him trying to figure out by the size of their shite which animal it is, eventually he uses two flies, (shit experts), to figure out that its a dog, so he climbs on his kennel and craps on his head! Small book, the kids learn nothing but the size of different animals crap and how to laugh hard.

Kav - Advice I can give endless repetitive amounts, whether it is useful is another thing!

1:25 AM  
Anonymous eashtgalwaywoman said...

gorgeous pics. I heard the weather was great.
While driving cows in Easht Galway with his grandad my New England 7 yr old son declared
" This is awesome, I've never been on a real cattle drive before !"
However, he also uses Amadan and bollex in perfect context.
He's very cosmo:)

2:20 PM  
Blogger nightspy said...

good photos John. Kerry - a beautiful spot of Ireland and great to hike in when it's hot and dry. We have this gorgeous spell of weather now. I hope it will last.

3:08 PM  

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