Monday, December 09, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
What better way to work off a Thanksgiving feast than a bracing walk on the beach on the west of Ireland. A special treat for me too in that my nephew Andrew could take the day off school and come with us and I got to spend the day with him.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
We had an Irish Thanksgiving this year - which is pretty similar to an American one except not all the family are there because they're working or studying or graduating or training or whatever you would do on a normal Thursday in November. Also some dishes are absent as some ingredients can't be had for love nor money in the supermarkets here (e.g., canned pumpkin) but there are cousins to sit with on the kids table and play games with Eamon and sisters who take days off to spend it with us and help create a day to remember - they cook and bake, find a turkey and make the day special.
Thank you. We have a lot to be grateful for.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In 2004 all my family holidayed in Duck on the Outerbanks in North Carolina - and the Duck Cup was born - all because of a table tennis tournament over the week. Whenever we're together we play another round of the Cup - a different game or sport and the winner gets to keep the cup (a wooden lighthouse!) until the next time we meet when that person has the responsibility of organizing the activity. This time it was bowling and the event was spread over two nights and two locations to fit in everyone's schedules and himself came out over all winner. Go Rob!
By the way, this isn't the first time it was won by one of the Madill household. I took it home in 2007 after a Scrabble tournament - there's even proof here.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Granddad had a brand spanking new hurley and jersey waiting for Eamon when we got to Limerick. I wonder is he concerned about all those 'foreign' sports Eamon plays!
He wasted no time showing him a few skills (you'll notice he himself is playing with a golf stick!)
It's good to be here.