Grace E

Posted by Tim on 12 August 2016 - 10:10am in

Here in Kinsale, once or twice a year, we are surprised by the visit of a superyacht. In the past couple of weeks, it was 'that time' and 'Grace E' sailed into the harbour. The harbour master is a friend of ours so he gave us a bit of info on this 5 deck, $120 million ship, owned by an American in the coffee business. Now I know why a 5 oz cup of coffee cost €3,50 ($4.00)!

The first photo below is a shot of Grace E anchored in the mouth of the harbour waiting for a pilot to bring her in so she can dock in the marina. The second shot gives you an idea of her size next to our 'normal' size boats.

fog                                           Grace E anchored in the fog & mist...

Grace E docked                                            Grace E docked at the marina

How About a House Built in the 1600's!

Posted by Tim on 26 July 2016 - 6:42am

Last week we were invited to join our very good friends, Jeff & Caroline Hay, at another friend's 400 year old house in Wexford - about a 4 hour drive from Kinsale. Look at that THATCHED ROOF! Believe it or not, this type of roof is still installed brand new! They work really well and last a long time - increased fire potential is the only drawback!

wexford hoouse

Side view Here's a side view of the same house . . . our friend's family has owned this for over 50 years and done many renovations, but the front view is very similar to how this house looked when built in the 1600's - AMAZING!

Before AND After...

Posted by Tim on 8 July 2016 - 10:00am

This week our landlord decided it was time to 'prune' the tree hedge in our back garden. The trees that were to be a hedge had taken over since they were planted 25 years ago, now 20 feet tall. The garden was getting smaller and smaller. So, it took a 3 man crew 2 days to get the job done. The good news is that we have about 20 feet more garden space than before.

Here's the BEFORE shot. . .


And now, AFTER. . .

 Unfornutately, we will not be able to remain in Wild Orchid (our house's name) when we return from 6 months in America  (Dec 2016 - May 2017). We have grown to love our home here and it has served us well with loads of hosting events. We are confident the Lord will provide just the right place for us at just the right time!


Posted by Tim on 23 June 2016 - 2:37am

Kathy, Catherine and I (Tim) took a little day trip yesterday to the beautiful Dingle peninsula, about 2 hours and 45 minutes away. It is just north of the more famous Ring of Kerry, but every bit as stunning! We have been there before but it has been a while, so we took advantage of a free day and good weather to make the trip. Here's a few images...

three peaks                                I loved the 3 peaks in the background of the inlet area 

clouds over the mans                                    The clouds where coming over the mountain pass 

horse                      Even this horse took time to admire the beauty of his surroundings. 

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