Ahhh, the farming life

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
Trip End Feb 16, 2009

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Cormacs Parents House

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Monday, February 25, 2008

25th Feb 2008

Well. Here I am in Ireland! After a few hiccups at the airport (did you end up checking that Mum?) I made it, safe and sound, to the land of Guiness. And whilst it hasn't been very wet it has been bloody cold. I even managed to get some sun! I don't know what these people are whinging about really. I mean, ive been here a week and surely that's indicative of an entire season :P

I was a bit silly though getting off the airplane. I have been teasing Cormac since he left how he got off the plane in a wife beater, shorts and thongs in 0 degree weather when I really didn't do much better :P I didn't realise that Dublin airport wouldn't have an aerobridge as you got off the plane.

We have been staying mainly at Cormacs parents house for the past week, spending a couple of days in Galway to get a house and so Cormac can look up his old employer. One thing that Mick might have a good chuckle about, is how religious Cormacs parents are. I don't get told how Im going to hell or anything, but there is religious paraphernalia on the walls, a photo of the pope in the kitchen and Cormac and I are sleeping at different ends of the house :P Very amusing really.

I have been able to help out at the farm though! They wouldn't let me initially. They said because I have been travelling so long and I should sit and rest, but I heard the undercurrent of those "so, have you ever seen a cow before" questions. Saying that, I played the city slicker card when Cormac had to muck out the cow stables.

But anyway, they have a few orphaned sheep that need to be fed four times a day and I get to help out with it! Very cute.

They have two dogs too. A big sheepdog called rover and a fat little Jack Russell called Cindy who is absolutely obsessed with the tractor. Whenever she hears it she goes absolutely nuts and convulses with excitement. Whenever she sees us walk by it she jumps up at the steps hoping to be let in. Its really funny.

Anyway, as far as the hard stuff goes, we have got a house in a place called Bar Taoide (means high tide in gaelic). Its right next to the harbour and we have a wonderful view of some big metal silos out of our window. Its pretty cheap, very secure, very central and in a new building so I don't really mind. Its pretty small but that's been typical of the places we have seen. As can be expected in the middle of any town.

Ive found a few places where I can get work so that's not a problem. There is heaps of bar work but also a lot of clerical work that doesn't require too much experience which is what I think Ill go for as Im a bit over drunk people. Ill need to wait a few more weeks though until I get a PPS (Irish version of a TFN) and a bank account though so I think it will be after St Patties day :P

Cormac has already got work at a place called O'conners, this beautiful old pub. Apparently the place itself is worth about 5 million but all the awesome little trinkets and antiques they have inside are worth about the same amount. The first night he was working I went in, and they had a group of traditional Irish music players who just come in every now and then to play music together. I think they could have tuned a little bit but it was the most awesome atmosphere ever. Pity I was falling off my chair asleep (stupid Guiness) else I probably would have enjoyed it more :P I think its supposed to be a little touristy, but all the old lads and such come in and enjoy it, and it is known to have the best Guiness in Galway.

Which, I can assure you, I have thoroughly checked :P It really is more delicious over here and I have been enjoying it quite a bit. Also, the stag cider is very good. But apart from that they have Fosters, which I still cant bring myself to drink, and Budwiser (sp?) which I know I should never drink. Americans should never be mixed with beer or coffee.

Yesterday (which was actually the 27th, but I had to include it before I sent this off) we went on a 5k trek up the mountain and as much as Cormac was dancing around me like the bleeping little Leprechaun he is ("I am NOT a happy person, mountains are VERY steep and don't CARE that you used to run up here every bleeping day because quite frankly, if I had the energy I would bleeping throw you down it") it was the most amazing sight. You got this 360 view around Mayo and whilst the visibility wasn't very good, you did get the outline of the mountains, wind turbines and Castlebar (town). It was also REALLY windy, you could lean over and it would almost hold you up. It was awesome! We also saw frogs on the way which I found a lot more exciting than Cormac did :P

Anyway, to end Ive attatched pictures of my mountain walk and a really awesome one of a paddock (it really is awesome).

Love and miss you all so very very much. Kate
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