Category Europe

Budapest Part 3: Something Borrowed

Read Parts One and Two here.   Like all great cities Budapest is not ashamed to take something that works and put it’s own spin on things. Budapest also plays host to a wild menagerie of visitors – each bringing different cultural values and traditions. Some of these ideas have stuck! Bath Time In Monty […]

Budapest Part 2: Something New

Commence au Festival! Away from the historic landmarks and beyond the shadows of the various buildings of antiquity of Pest but not quite within the reaches of the industrial new-town of Buda there is a magical place. An Island.  51 weeks of the year it is simply that – an island. It has trees, walkways […]

Budapest Part 1: Something Old

After a crazy two weeks, split between Ireland and Scotland with our families, oh and our wedding 🙂 we decided to spend a few days in Budapest as a mini-moon before heading back to Oz. We had talked about a Blog Ban for this trip as it was a bit personal but after visiting this […]

Kilkenny…for all it’s Wort!

Ah come on now John. You have been blogging for three years now so how can you have a typo in the Post Title? It’s not a typo. My brother Emmet had organised my Stag in Kilkenny and it was here that I found out what ‘wort’ really is. Thanks Emmet 🙂 1232 AD : St […]

Wedding fAyr!

After all the catch ups,it was time to get down to business…Do you remember back in Palalom Beach in Goa around January 2014? No? Well it was here that John proposed to a very surprised Karen and 16 months later it was time to plan the wedding and in typical JK style we had 2 days to […]

Stuck in the Midleton with You!

From our trip to Ireland in June 2015 Karen would be going to Scotland the day after her parents so spent our last night together in Cork with our Irish pals having dinner and drinks. Like a glitch in the Matrix, John found himself sitting in the same restaurant,at the same table, at the same […]

London Calling

Whilst Midleton and Ayr are considered Home there is one more place that could be labelled as such. Located  at 51.5072° N, 0.1275° W and cut in two by the River Thames. Samuel Johnson  famously said  that if you are tired of it than you are tired of life. Can you guess where it is? Need […]

Two households, both alike in dignity

In fair Cork, where we lay our scene,… A pair of star-cross’d lovers start their life 🙂 Karen and John would not be the only surprise visitors to Rosehill East. With a ring on her finger and a wedding on the books it was time for the long overdue Rose-Hamilton Summit – Iain and Bernadette […]

Tell the World I’m coming home…

Well tell everyone except for Cameron, Emmet and Emma Rose who were completely in the dark about the impending arrival of their big brother John. After 18 months away we would be reunited with our friends and families back in Scotland/Ireland for a wee visit. But first we had an incredible journey… Wednesday 27th May […]

TASK 2: Road Trip to Ayr

It was a rainy Friday afternoon in November and amongst the throng of cars headed up the M6 Motorway was a blue Renault Clio which was so full of boxes and clothes that the verb “rammed” does not do it justice. Karen’s car and stuff were heading home Our journey was punctuated by an overnight […]