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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been visiting family and friends in the UK and have bought a car that I can travel around Ireland in which should save me money on car rentals.
The lime green car, if not a lemon, is definitely a lime and is back at the garage where I bought it undergoing repairs under a very short warranty period. Should be fixed in a couple of days.
Finding that the planning was a lot easier than the doing. Everything in the UK is so different to how I remember it on my last visit 25 years ago.
Really enjoying the countryside in South Wales and the southern part of the UK. I suppose that the countryside does not change that much compared with the rules, regulations and just the way things are done in general. People are really friendly and very courteous on the roads (they need to be because they are so narrow in parts [ I mean the roads, not the people ]). Speed cameras everywhere, all so different. Quite a few second thoughts I must admit. I did receive good advise to visit first which I have ignored, live and learn I hope.
I am adjusting slowly to feeling comfortable in the UK. Soon as I do I will then feel up to touring Ireland looking at after Christmas at this stage.
Not affected by the floods which is something to be grateful for.

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Michael
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think there was a cultrure shock wait until you get here Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
If you think there was a cultrure shock wait until you get here Laughing


We invented culture shocks....England followed......why do you think they call us "The mad Irish"
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well now,
Finding the UK so different and I am sure that Ireland will be even more so.
A few lessons to be learnt by me from this whole experience and I am yet to experience the whole experience.
Hmm...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me Mammy always said "You cant put an old head on young shoulders"
and " You could'nt be told" another one was "You've made your bed now lie in it" Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paleo_Gardener wrote:
Well now,
Finding the UK so different and I am sure that Ireland will be even more so.
A few lessons to be learnt by me from this whole experience and I am yet to experience the whole experience.
Hmm...



You aint seen nothing yet, but I've no doubt you'll fit in quite nice'ly.
Just hope that when your sliding down the Stair-Bannisters to greet your Ist Irish Morning that all the Splinters are facing the right way.

Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it is getting closer to Christmas, may it be merry for all, and I had planned to be in Ireland before now but enjoying the UK for a little while longer while practicing sliding down a few bannisters.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paleo_Gardener wrote:
Well it is getting closer to Christmas, may it be merry for all, and I had planned to be in Ireland before now but enjoying the UK for a little while longer while practicing sliding down a few bannisters.


Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're better off coming to Ireland when there's a bit of a stretch in the days and spring is in the air. Don't forget St Brigid's Day, the 1st of February, is the first day of Spring here. Enjoy your Christmas Paleo !
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:31 pm    Post subject: G,day Mate Reply with quote

Hi there, sounds like you are doing what myself and my wife did 3 years ago emigrating the wrong way round so to speak, seems like half the population are heading to Aussie.

We have a 6 acre plot in Connemara on the West coast with a bungalow which I have been renovating over the last year. Great views with not another house in sight and a mature garden that must have cost thousands to plant but was left to seed. I have spent all my spare time on ripping out brambles and out of control fushia bushes and am getting on top of it now, thankfully the long dry spell helped me a lot and just this week everything is starting to burst into life Smile again.

Look forward to chatting to you about your experiences here and how you find it.

Rob
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome enjoy the site maybe post some pics I wonder where Pealo ended up no word from him in a while since he landed
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probable camped at a Tjunction with no road signs, or some farmer in meath told him that Galway was just past the Post-Office and straight on. Or, He"s sitting on concrete blocks in Dublin, wondering how they stole his wheels whilst he was driving! Welcome to Ireland!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Some pics of the garden Reply with quote

Have been busy here


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WoW! any chance Robineire, if we do come back after were dead, that I can come back as you and live there? What a great place, and congrats on the work you"ve done. Looking forward to seeing your veg plot when you start it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:02 pm    Post subject: Thanks for the comments Reply with quote

As part of the sale when I bought the place the seller agreed to install a new septic tank and percolation area as the old one, well lets just say it had been built in the traditional way lol ie there was no baffle in the tank and no percolation area so it was just like a poo storage area. Anyway they had to build a percolation area to get the required meterage above the water table and it has 7 layers of different stones and soil seperated by material, so now I have a nice 18 meter square raised bed Smile Have planted it with 3 drills of spuds and two of onions so far and am awaiting brussle sprout and parsnip seedlings to be big enough and the weather to warm up a tad before planting them out too.

Last year I had a grand harvest of courgette, carrots, peas and not so succesful onions, being a complete veg novice grower I was happy although this year I am attempting many more things. I want to get a poly tunnel but funds are short this month unfortunatelly.



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