It’s been a different kind of Christmas this year. Normally it’s just Al and I and my parents. This year we have Al’s sister Samantha and her two children, our nephew and niece, Tyler and Marci here. We were nervous about having children around but it was wonderful to have them here. They made our Christmas really special. There were a lot more presents under the tree this year and Santa and his reindeer got a warmer welcome than normal.
Here they are full of sweets and gingerbread:
Here they are on Christmas day, utterly exhausted after all of the excitement:
Not the best photo I know, but here is Trudi delivering her traditional Christmas message. Special mention was given to her favourite Aunties, Annie and Bertje for their Summer Lovin’. Merry Christmas everyone.
I decided to take I Love Mayo on the road and participate in an OpenFair. This one took place at the Traveler’s Friend in Castlebar. I went to a huge amount of effort getting stock together for this and so was disappointed when I arrived to discover that I had a tiny space to fill… half a table, even though I was amongst the first to book my place. Still the OpenFair concept is a good one and taking part is free. It was an interesting exercise and it was great that Al was able to provide a lot of help and some very kind friends called in to support us. There were lots of great little businesses there and it was useful from a networking point of view. That wasn’t why I attended however, and I won’t be doing an Open Fair again. The event wasn’t really marketed, infact, there wasn’t even a proper sign outside. A shame and a missed opportunity for us all.
Number one is easy… always at the top of my list. I melt every time as soon as I hear the guitar chords at the beginning. I couldn’t find a decent video of the song with good sound quality so this one will have to do. At least the music is right. It’s Alison by Elvis Costello:
Number 2 has a similar effect Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb. Again I’ve had to go for the non video video because I’m a purist, I love this so much and all of the live versions on YouTube hit a bum note with me. Not Glenn Campbells fault it’s just that I know this version so well that every difference grates on me.
Bonkers, camp and slightly ridiculous I know but this gives me goosepimples every time and as a child used to really fire my imagination it’s Keith West’s Excerpt from a Teenage Opera:
Now I think I am supposed to tag other people… I had better ask them if it’s OK first… I’ll get back to you.
I’m reducing the price of my two big posters for Christmas. They make great gifts from Ireland, especially as they are easily and cheaply posted in a tube. I’ve reduced the price from 35 to 22 Euro… not bad eh? My other prints are smaller so also easy to post in a board backed envelope. All on my I Love Mayo site or from GarrendennyLane.com if you want to look at a larger range of lovely stuff.
The Amsterdam girls are heading home soon. That means it’s the end of the Summer. Trudi will be bereft without them. So will I. It’s been wonderful having them here. They were so kind to house-sit for us too.
We’re in France. Our lovely friends Harry & Kate are letting us use their house in Pons for 2 weeks. We’ve brought my parents with us. Today is their 50th wedding anniversary. 50 years! That’s really something isn’t it? Meanwhile the Amsterdam girls are living in our house, looking after (spoiling) Trudi and the hens. Al’s been blogging about our trip here.
Such a sad thing to find this morning when I went to let the hens out. Not a mark on this bird. I asked my twitter friends for an ID. It’s a sparrowhawk apparently. Looks like it just fell out of the sky.