Here’s Trudi who seems very unimpressed by our new weather station. It was Al’s birthday present. All of the data from the weather station is uploaded to the Currane website, together with the pics from our web cam. You can see them here. Images and data are updated regularly and there is a large archive so you can see what’s what… apart from when it’s dark!
You can tell it’s springtime. Luckily no one got hurt although these fights are very vicious. We have 4 cockerels the moment so fights are inevitable. Soon we’ll know who’ll be in charge this year and then things will calm down in the hen house.
Such a stormy night. We were sitting eating our evening meal when we noticed the lifeboat out in the bay. We assumed a rescue was going on. Then the helicopter arrived. Always a bad sign. We were relieved after an hour or so that it was clear that someone was being winched from the lifeboat to the helicopter. Obviously they needed urgent hospital treatment but at least they were no longer in the water. The weather was so wild and it was obvious that the helicopter was struggling.
The helicopter left but the Lifeboat remained. later Trudi started to bark like crazy and when we looked out again, there were about 20 ‘emergency service’ type people climbing up the rocks, over our wall and across our field to our car park. A scary sight. We ran out and were amazed to discover 4 wheel drive vehicles, the coastguard and an ambulance parked up in our car park at the side of the house.
We had to ask what was going on. Turns out it was an exercise. They carried on running around outside the house and along the shore for some time afterwards. Amazed at the work these incredibly brave people do. It’s so necessary around here. But really, how difficult would it be to warn us, just a ring on the doorbell would have done it? let alone ask for permission? The man in charge said to Al that they had no idea someone lived here. That, despite the fact they opened our closed gate to get in, our car is parked outside and there were lights on in the house. I hate to complain and would never refuse them access but it politeness and respect cost nothing or am I just getting old? No don’t answer that
It’s amazing how much glamour and excitement a helicopter can bring into one’s life even on a wild and windy day. Irish Lights have been using our field to land their helicopter, collect and deliver building materials over to Achillbeg Island were they’re improving access to the lighthouse.
When we lived in London the sound of a helicopter sometimes kept us awake at night. We knew it would be a police helicopter chasing some criminals or other and so it became quite a menacing noise. Now it’s the sound of excitement. I love to see it swoop over our roof and watch it hover as the next load is attached to the hook before it sweeps out over Clew Bay to the Island and back again. Then after all the excitement, I get to make tea for the pilot and flirt a little
It’s such a beautiful day today. Even though the chicks that we had to rescue from Calypso (the bad mother) are still very young, we decided to let them walk around on some grass. Al made this chick compound a few years ago. We’ve lost little chicks before. A crow could easy take them.
Trudi sits absolutely transfixed.
Here they are in all their glory. It’s far too early to name them. Sadly, they may not survive. There’s a long way to go yet. (Sorry didn’t mean that to sound like blackmail!)
Many in Ireland consider February 1st to be the first day of spring. It’s snowing!
Modern technology can be wonderful. Satellite communications and the internet make it possible to work anywhere and we are lucky enough to be able to live in a really wild, remote area while still being part of the online world. Whenever we start to feel smug, however, Mother Nature is ready to put us back in our place! A really bad storm on Sunday night – gale force winds, hail, thunder and lightning – left us without power between 12:30am and 11:15am Monday. Not too bad you might think, and you should be right. Unfortunately we’ve found that whenever the power goes, so does our broadband. It’s never a simple matter of restoring power. Something dark and mysterious has to be done by our broadband provider to restore our connection. Happily I can report that just over 24 hours after the power came back we are online once again. [NB this doesn't affect the website, only our ability to access it.]