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Twebt the fourth

And this time its a white wine. Taking place this Sunday, April 25th at 9pm, Twebt (the twitter wine blind tasting), with mystery bottle provided by O’Briens wines . If you’re in Cork city, you may want to meet with others in the Sextant on Albert Quay. Check out Brian’s blog for pointers to how [...]

Shocked and stunned

Yesterday, I dropped my battered, old Zafira into the garage to have the brake pads and coolant system checked as had been getting the ominous scrapping sound on braking and a flashing warning coolant light on the dashboard. photo credit: cosmic_spanner When I collected the car a few hours later to pony up the dosh [...]

Super Skateboarding Shop

photo credit: Manu – mars Myself and Oscar headed into Cork this morning on the advice of his mate Cian. Both the boys are hugely into skateboarding at the moment and its fabulous to see such enthusiasm. The purpose of this visit to Tubes on Cook Street was to purchase new trucks for Oscar’s skateboard. [...]

Top notch service in Clonakilty’s Aubergine Cafe

Last Saturday, myself, Oisín and Sibéal headed to Clonakilty for a few hours. We were on a mission to get knitting needles and wool for Sibéal and a new book for Oisín. Whilst there, it started to rain and the kids declared they were hungry so we decided to have lunch in the Aubergine Cafe. [...]

Bubble Brothers announce new Wine club

photo credit: lostash Starting on the 28th of January in Blackrock Castle, the wine club shall meet on the last Thursday of every month (excluding July and December) from 7.30pm till 9.30pm. The  inaugural meeting will be hosted by Champagne’s own Mlle Valérie Ravillon in a champagne masterclass. Six champagnes shall be tasted and she’ll [...]

Wexworlds: Sci-fi and Fantasy Fiction Festival 2009

Via @themeyler: Wexworlds, Wexford’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction Festival takes place from November 20th till 22nd. Oscar, our 10 year old is already mad keen to attend. Once he spotted his current favourite authors Darren Shan and Eoin Colfer were going to be there, he was sold. The range of events sounds excellent: Light Sabres [...]

Bake Your Cake Week in Urru

I popped into URRU earlier today to pick up my mystery bottle of wine for the Twitter Blind Wine Tasting on Sunday. Whilst there, I discovered that Ruth is running a Bake your Cake Week from 10th to the 14th of November. From the leaflet: Christmas Baking Workshops All workshops will take place from 5.30pm- [...]

First Aid Course for Parents

Recently Sibéal, our carnivore aged 5, was chomping on some steak as is her wont, when she started going very red in the face and making a godawful noise. She was choking and we needed to do something asap. Its been 10 years since I did a first aid course,  shortly after Oscar was born, [...]

Eat, drink and be merry

Hurrah, some good news for the usually miserably rainy month of November. The Good Wine Show is coming to the Clarion hotel in Cork. My top 3 independent wine sellers (no favouritism here, I’ll tell ya) in Cork have united to bring us, what looks to be,  a fabulous couple of days. Over 100 different [...]

Food Glorious Food

Yesterday myself and my 2 youngest decided to head to Hosfords garden centre after spending a lovely sunny morning attempting to sort out a part of our now junglelike garden. I really like Hosfords. Its very child friendly. The kids love having a gawk at the birds and wallaby out front and the playground at [...]

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