Kathy and I spent our first Christmas together in 1977 after being married in August of that year. This year while decorating our tree here in Ireland, I noticed . . . again, our first special ornament. It was given to us by Ron & Maeona Urban when we were living in our very first apartment, in Scappoose, Oregon! It has survived all these years and brings back great memories. We wish you many warm Christmas memories and anticipation of the best Christmas, yet to come!
Yesterday was our annual Carols at Christmas service here in Kinsale. We handed out about 1200 flyers inviting the community to join us for a time of Christmas Carols, scripture readings and a reminder of what this season is all about. This would be our 7th gathering of this type, but our first time in our regular Sunday venue as a stand alone church. We were thrilled that the hall was packed with about 100 people turning up!
This year 18 new and longer term friends joined with us around our Thanksgiving Tables to celebrate this American holiday. Most Irish have not experienced pumpkin pie; and as it turns out, we are finding it is an 'aquired' taste. Mince pies are brilliant and more the standard fare going into the holiday season here - they are the small white ones in the image below.
Kathy and 3 of our guests prepared the wonderful desserts that complimented all the traditional Turkey and dressing that we enjoyed. We have enjoyed a feast of blessing that goes well beyond the incredible food!
From L to R: Anne, Sue S, Kathy, Sue R
This coming Saturday, 21 Novemeber I am going to be the primary photographer at a friend's wedding! I've been a '2nd shooter' several times but never have I done a wedding as a '1st shooter'. I am definately not a professional and I'm only doing this because the bride's father is a good friend and he 'insisted' that I do it.
I am a bit nervouse as I can't 'do it again' if it doesn't turn out! So, my plan is to shoot somewhere in the region of 2,000 images and ask God to bless a few of them so the Bride is happy! Two Saturdays ago we had blue skies over the reception venue, Innishannon House Hotel, SO I drove down to get a few shots - just in case the wedding day weather isn't good. Here's what it looked like on a bright blue sunny day - so, I have at least one shot in the bag :)