I am so full.
We just had the most amazing Sunday dinner at Frank’s folks’ house! June did up a huge ham, chicken, potatoes, stuffing, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, gravy and then there was dessert! Wow. I can’t believe I helped myself to most of everything and still snuck bits off the platters after the plates were clear. I have landed in a very lucky family, indeed! June and Anthony Kelly are always so hospitable!
It’s been a busy weekend over here… we started it off with an evening walk on Friday with our friend Kieran and all of our collective dogs. We usually go to the beach, but this time, we headed over to the ruins of Mellifont Abbey, a local historic attraction I’ve never seen. When we got there, it was nearly dusk and a crowd of young men were playing football (soccer) in the large green space amidst the ruins. It was fun to watch as we climbed around with the dogs.
Meanwhile, the Drogheda Arts Festival is on at the moment, so we went down to check out the stalls on Saturday morning in conjunction with the regular weekly outdoor market. We came away with some great fresh fruit and roasted nuts, listened to the band a bit, ran into friends and family, and then went for a quick turn on the Ferris Wheel! I haven’t been on one of those things in ages, and this one was very different from the American standard (less scary!). We finished off the afternoon by popping into a local art gallery and then picking some fresh salmon fillets out at a local fish mongers. It was a great way to spend a Saturday and the weather held out for most of it!
Tomorrow is a Bank Holiday, so I’m not sure what we’ll be up to yet. Frank’s sister, Lorraine, and her boyfriend and their baby, Chloe, just moved into a little house down the road from us, so maybe we’ll visit with something housewarming-ish? We’ve had some nice sunny spells lately and I hope it holds out. They say that England is up for a long, hot summer – I’ve got my fingers crossed that some of it will blow Ireland’s way as well! It’ll be summer before we know it in any case – in the meantime, I’ll be working, Frank will be continuing with his new film, and we’ll do our best to keep the updates coming!