I know I've only just done a post, but if I leave this too long, I'll forget the details, woolly head that I am. My daughter K and her youngest Lina (aged 12) visited us for far too short a time last week, from Wednesday afternoon until Friday morning. Still, we packed a lot in! Having met them at the airport and hugged and squished each other, we set off to Ennis to do a bit of shopping and generally show them round.
I didn't take many photos but K, over the 3 days, took over 300! I'll get her twitter link if you'd like to see them all. This is a doorway in one of the Ennis churches. There was also an amazing sculpture of a hand - I don't remember having seen it before:
We wandered the streets and peered in shop windows. I love the shoe shops in Ennis, they have some really unusual ones.
Jim and I hadn't had any breakfast or lunch and decided, in Lina's honour, to take them to Supermac's! This is the Irish version of MacDonald's but with nicer chips. We all ate heartily and felt much better afterwards. Jim and I often make up silly songs and we always sing 'Super-Macs, Super-Macs' to the tune from the 'A Team' TV series!! It wasn't long before K and Lina were singing along too.
We walked across the new footbridge over the river and I tried to take a photo of Lina:
She's at that 'I don't want my photo taken' stage!! The lady walking her dog had a marvellous stick with her. It was completely covered in hair bands!
Isn't that such fun?
Jim then decided to make Lina have her photo taken!
I think Lina won!
I did manage rather a good shot of Jim though:
Here is K clowning around with the lifebelt by the bridge. It's so small, I think it must be for Leprechauns!
I couldn't resist a couple of photos of the Abbey spire. It's so striking against the blue sky. I think many of K's and my photos will be the same.
A closer shot. All the bottom of the abbey is clothed in scaffolding so I had to be selective here.
Next to the abbey, on the pavement, is this lovely old post box:
Yes of course they're green in Ireland!
Just near to the post box was an arch and above it, I spotted this little piece of Spring:
Jim was worried about the car over running the parking ticket but I wanted to take K to the museum in Ennis. Jim said he'd go and move the car and go to Tesco to get some supplies and to our surprise, Lina went with him. I think she was going to make sure Grandad Jim bought some goodies for us all!
K and I spent some time in the museum, K taking loads of photos. I just took this one of a lovely stained glass window:
We headed to the museum shop as K wanted to buy an 'Ennis' fridge magnet to add to her collection - when Jim rang to say they'd finished shopping and within a few minutes they came into the shop. Off we went home, enjoying the drive in the sunshine. K snapped a photo of the Court House with my camera as Jim drove by:
We gave Lina and K a tour of the house (K has been before pre-extension) and some of the land outside. Jim rustled up a meal and after a wash and brush up, (and a little catch up sleep for Lina), we headed off to 'Peppers Bar' at about 9.50pm. Wednesdays is always music night there, and Jim and I thought it would be a good opportunity for our guests to sample some Irish music. It was quite crowded but we managed to find seats and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. We stayed until midnight then it was home and not too long before we fell into bed.
Part 2 tomorrow. The first half day was lovely.