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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. 

Cruise Ship in Kinsale

Posted by Tim on 13 June 2016 - 4:17pm

Today is the first time we have seen a cruise ship inside the Kinsale Harbour. It is a small one, but it has been anchored just inside the mouth of the harbour most of the day. Generally the large ships dock in Cobh, (40 minute drive) the last stop of the Titantic before it sank. But today this smaller ship graced Kinsale so I thought a few images were in order - taken from Charles Fort, near where we live...

Cruise Ship                         This is from one of the many walking paths near Charles Fort 

Ship 2 

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