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House Call

June 13, 2008
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corey says…We were up bright and early this morning to finish tipping up the cottage and getting Liam to the airport to greet his guests. Pat’s right hand is very swollen from her fall on Wednesday night…it probably didn’t help that she insisted to help us clean yesterday. Fortunately, the bruise and cut near her eye are healing well.

On the way back from the airport, Pat and I stopped at the new Tesco outside of Limerick. It was great to be there in the morning and have the store all to ourselves. We picked up a few groceries and headed to Liza’s.

Spiders had been the primary residents at Liza’s for the last few months, so I managed to sweep most of their webs away without much fuss. Since it had been shut up for a while, I spent a few hours cleaning and sweeping. I was just finishing up when Tony and his guests arrived.

Tony, being a doctor, inspected Pat’s injuries. Ice, ibuprofen and rest were prescribed. After the house call was complete, we all sat around the fire and caught up on each other’s goings-ons.

They had just returned from a very sunny Dublin visit. They covered a lot of ground in a day and a half…Trinity College/Book of Kells, Kilmainham, Hop On/Off Bus, Grafton Street, Henry Street, St Stephan’s Green, Christchurch Cathedral, Temple Bar and several other sites. They definitely did a Best of Dublin Tour.

I served up some Wexford strawberries and custard for our guests. Mmmm, delicious. After they left, Pat and I relaxed around the house before cooking up a pre-made Indian dinner we picked up at the store. It was very good…it even came with nan bread.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill permalink
    June 14, 2008 2:14 PM

    It might be useful if you can comment on how it is to drive on a trip to Ireland. Navigating – are the road signs helpful, does it get confusing, are the drivers polite or is there road rage in Dublin 🙂 Outside the city – a piece of cake? Inside the city – forget about it? Comments like that might help planning for future trips!

    Thanks!

    p.s. Glad the healing is progressing.

  2. Ned permalink
    June 16, 2008 5:28 PM

    Hey Corey:

    Just curious to what it is that you do to fund the excursion of being in Ireland for this wonderful amount of time? I realize you are staying with friends most of it, but yet with the exchange rate, it must still be quite expensive to spend this much time there.

    Do your Web enterprises pay the freight?

    Just wondering, and keep the blog flowing. Good stuff.

    Ned

  3. June 16, 2008 6:07 PM

    Dear Corey,
    Happy Blooms Day!
    Have enjoyed following your adventures now that you are back in Tipperary – you certainly never have a dull moment.
    It’s been three days, though, and no postings – so I am beginning to worry about Liam’s mother Pat. I do hope she has recovered from her fall. It is always so difficult when an accident happens in Ireland and you need to get medical attention. Over the years, we have had a few tour members take falls and we had to attend to them, not really knowing what to do next. It all worked out, though, because (as you say) the Irish are so helpful.
    Hope all is well.
    Best,
    Pat

  4. June 17, 2008 3:05 PM

    corey says…all is well, Liam’s mother has been healing well and appreciates everyone’s concern. She’s just moving much slower and needs a little extra assistance…the swelling in her hand has gone down significantly, her knee is back to normal and the bandages on her brow came off yesterday. Since Liam is hosting some guests and serving as their tour guide, I’m with “mum” and trying to make sure she enjoys her last week in Ireland.

    Ned – I’m a freelance writer and designer, so most of my work is done over the internet…I’m still putting in a 30-40 hour work week from Ireland, and when I get back home it’ll be back to the 50-60 hour work weeks to save up for my next trip.

    The Irish Fireside isn’t set up to be a moneymaker. However, we have had some generous contributors who have donated to help cover our hosting costs. http://www.irishfireside.com/contribute.html

    I’m off to enjoy Cork city now…and find a good internet cafe to upload some files (Pat, I reviewed the suggestions in your Ireland Guide http://irelandexpert.com and should be in good shape)

  5. Ned permalink
    June 17, 2008 4:40 PM

    Sounds quite fascinating — you do a nice job with this site, so your ability certainly comes through.

    Thanks for the great blog Corey, and enjoy the rest of the trip.

    Ned

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