From slang.ie :
Wagon. A cranky contary female / an ugly female. She\'s some wagon eh?
wagon. wagon - an awful woman. than one is such a wagon!
wagon. a woman thats a bitch. dat ones a right wagon.
Wagon. A cantankerous old woman.. Yer wan's some wagon, I asked her could I feed the seagulls and she lifted me out of it!
wagon. car or other mode of transport. i'll drive my waggon.
Wanderly Wagon. A much loved Irish children's TV program which ran from 1968 to 1982
Friday, 30 December 2011
Came home to absolute chaos. Everything he could reach had been trashed. Logs for the fire, all the plastic bags/cling film, the Christmas cake+plate, night lights, the floor was covered. Well he got thoroughly reprimanded, but I have made mental note to self, not to leave him on his own for extended periods, he is used to being in Bonnie's company when not out for walks, and being alone obviously doesn't suit him, of course.
OK I'm feeling guilty for pushing him too far, so from now on he goes everywhere with me I can take him, but did he have to trash the house to make himself heard.....I guess he did.
Thursday, 29 December 2011
|Entering Cherbourg Harbour|
|Massive fireplace in the dining room|
|Cookie trying to be good.|
Well, part of her is still in bed!
|George's lamb shanks|
|My duck main course|
George went for the full four course option (starter, fish course, meat course plus dessert) while I stuck to a more lady-like three courses – starter, meat course, and cheese.
|The very impressive cheese board!|
|The Mill pond at the rear of the hotel|
|The Mill race at the side of the hotel|
I have to say that the Hotel Moulin Fleuri was so nice that we are wondering can we manage to squeeze in a night there on our way home! Le Big Trek as currently planned avoids Tours, but a small diversion might be possible!
While we continue to live the La Vie Provençal
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
"Plain sailing so far, dogs are being brilliant, refused to wee on boat just like fionn!! Biggest issue is new road atlas of France is missing 20 pages - including Tours where we stopped! Hotel le moulin fleuri is rustic but gorgeous, v friendly, welcoming to dogs, fab menu & massive wine list! Ahhhh. Have some pics to post too when I have Internet. Think I will photograph menu too just for Anne! We could be quite close to here on trek..."
So the other half of the Wanderly's is fine, hopefully will see them here late tomorrow, if they don't invest too heavily in the wine list tonight.
Looking forward to our first hack here in Provence.
My daughter leaves for Cork tomorrow, so we're off to Marseille airport after breakfast, she has a gig in Castlebar on Friday supporting the Fureys.
So yet more comings and goings !
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
|Note to self : grow smaller onions|
Here's hoping the rest of the journey goes as smoothly!
Sunday, 25 December 2011
|Flurry after baguette|
Friday, 23 December 2011
Fani needs to move them up out of the valley as they will poach the ground up once it gets a bit wetter, but it is difficult to find a good area, on the hillside amongst the trees is good for the ground, but not for horses with rugs on, so she said she will thing again about a good place to move them too.
Fani is going away for a few days so Christmas Lunch has had to be moved out to allow for rug changing, thanks to the cousins for being so accommodating !
Thursday, 22 December 2011
|Flurry getting excited about breakfast|
|Gigi just tucked in|
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
|Burgundy in the snow|
|Macon Turn off|
"Are you on the A7 close to Avignon ?"
"I think I'm in front of you"
Lots of hilarious laughter, what an amazing coincidence...hang on a mo
"What's your registration?"
Well it wasn't Nathalie, but she had overtaken this lorry a short while ago, and was ahead of us, but we had to turn off at Avignon so never caught up with her.
So we turned off at the Avignon exit and were soon in Cereste, unloaded the car then dinner at my cousins' house and fell into bed.
Will head over to see the horses first thing in the morning, it's great to be here, and I can't wait for Martine to arrive so we can start working the horses.
What a drive , it rained heavily all the way from Cherbourg to the south of Paris ( Martine you were so right, take the Le Mans route!), on the outskirts of Paris we hit really heavy traffic, and in the dark with the heavy trucks driving was a nightmare, but thanks to Karen (the satnav) we made it to the hotel safely but very late at 9:20.
Earlier at around 5pm I had phoned the hotel to say we would be arriving late, "Madame Renshaw? we have no reservation for you". Well I had the proof of the reservation with me, and fortunately they had a spare room. As the restaurant closed at 9:30 we dived straight in placed our orders and then sorted out the dogs.
Collapsed into bed around 11:30, with 2 very settled dogs both glad to be together again after the separation on the ferry.
I love French hotels they didn't even bat an eyelid at Fionn charging through reception on his way to his early morning stroll, took this lovely pic of the hotel, wow I thought , I hadn't realised it was so big.
As anyone will tell you I have a lousy sense of direction, the first picture is of course an office block! How will I ever navigate my horse back across France ? I'll have Martine!
Hoping to make Cereste today, should be about an 8 hour drive but after yesterday I'm not counting my chickens. More tomorrow
Monday, 19 December 2011
|The view coming into Rosslare|
The drive down went very smoothly and I got the news that the horses had arrived in Cereste while we were in the queue for the ferry which lighten my mood enormously and allowed me to enjoy a lovely dinner on the ship, with a couple of glasses of wine.
The ferry is lovely , and the dog accommodation is OK too, nice thick rubber mats in the kennels, visiting hours are very frequent and only one dog owner is allowed on the kennel deck at any one time, which makes handling Fionn very easy. He isn't great with strange dogs. But all he wants to do is get back to his car, he must have a bladder the size of an air balloon, because despite several visits to him he still refuses to pee. Roxy however is using the facilities without a problem Thank goodness for guide dog training !
It is an incredibly calm crossing which is just as well as I forgot the seasickness pills! So calm in fact that there are horses on the lorry deck, in their truck of course.
We dock in 3 hours time and hope to make it south of Paris this evening.
Can't work out how to upload the photos in this eastern European language, but will try later.
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Huge, huge thanks to Paddy, the driver from George Mullins Transport, and Nathalie from Chevaux Express, who were both incredibly understanding about the two neurotic ould wagons who needed regular updates throughout the horses' two and a half day journey!
They left Dover at about midnight on Saturday, and hit the road in Calais at about 3am. The journey time was expertly gauged by Paddy, and Nathalie was waiting for him at Mâcon. She let Anne know as soon as she had the horses loaded and we both heaved a sigh of relief - we had each been running through all the possible disaster scenarios that could have caused the handover to go wrong.
Here they are arriving at La Florentine. Photos are courtesy of David Regan, who very kindly went out and photographed their arrival for us.
|Hello! Or should that be Bonjour?|
|GiGi looks on...|
|...while Flurry is unloaded|
|Then GiGi follows|
|Nice n steady...|
|Tied up to get their rugs on|
|That's Shrek the dog in the background|
|Hey, what's this? I don't think this is my rug!|