Saturday, 24 August 2013

Hello Again!

Hello Again!! I am very pleased to be back in blog land once again!
Somehow, I blinked and missed a whole season!
To all my lovely fellow bloggers who left comments and sent mails in my absence, I assure you I am quite well! Thank you all none the less for your enquiries and well wishes. It was nice to know I was missed!
So what was my excuse??
Well, I became entirely preoccupied with a project at work; the opening of a new Mental Health Day Centre. A worthwhile project I think you will agree but boy was it exhausting! Coming home with square eyes at the end of a 12 hour day, I must admit, sadly my blog was not one of my priorities.
Anyway, the centre opened this week to great excitement and I am now looking forward to getting back to some semblance of normality, well at least until the next project kicks off!
So what were the highlights of my summer??
Well, May started with a trip to the lovely Italian island of Sardinia with my husband and some friends. We enjoyed the sunshine and the sights and ate, drank and were merry for a week!
At the end of May my Mam and I spent a lovely day at Bloom. For those of you who are not familiar, it is Ireland's answer to the Chelsea flower show, albeit on a slightly smaller scale.
 There were so many inspirational gardens there but this Silver medal winning Fairy Garden by Kate Kurevleva was among my favourites...
June was a month for celebrations! We celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday with a weekend of festivities culminating in a family BBQ chez Auburn. This also involved eating, drinking and making merry! Later on in June we celebrated Father's Day, Mr Auburn's birthday and my parent's anniversary!
July involved yet more celebrating! For our lovely friend Clare's birthday we spent a day in gothic splendour at the magnificent Cloonacauneen Castle in Galway. We had a gorgeous lunch packed full of local ingredients after which we retreated to the bar to soak up the atmosphere!
Speaking of friends, I made a new one this summer. Meet Jack...
 He strayed in, scruffy, thin and covered in lice. I am pleased to say he is now lice free, has had a wash and a haircut, his hooves pared and is enjoying the countryside of the Midlands.
How cute is he with his hair spiked up with rain??
So what's the plan for Autumn??
Well, it's starting with a staycation next week! By that I mean a holiday from work which I will spend at largely at home, except for the occasional day trip!
Will keep you posted...
I promise!!


  1. So nice to see you back SAL. And Jack, what a lovely donkey. My son Jack loved his donkey rides at Greenwich Park when he was a little boy, his favourite donkey was Champagne Charlie.
    Jean x

  2. So nice to see you back. Your activities sound like they were very interesting and worthwhile to visit!

  3. Nice to see you back. It is indeed a worthwhile cause you have been working on. Glad you were able to get out and about as well. Gwen x

  4. Nice to have you back and it seems like you have had a busy but beautiful summer ... I so love photos of your country


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