At the beginning of June, PG & I flew to Eire for the wedding
of our goofriends Richard & Mary's eldest son Rory to his longtime
girlfriend Jill. It was the first time we had been to Eire on holiday,
so it was quite an experience to be involved in an Irish wedding
and the ensuing celebrations.
wedding was lovely (my first Catholic wedding). One of Richard's
brothers who is a priest had turned up unexpectantly and met Richard
inside the church, much to Richards surprise and delight. He then
helped out with several readings during the ceremony.
the wedding service, we all retired to the grounds of a local stately
home for photos and champagne. Then we retired upstairs for some
proper drinking before the dinner and speeches which was rounded
off with a nights dancing with a live band.
next day gave as a rest until the evening post wedding party barbeque,
which turned out to be a silver service affair with the women in
evening dresses. Well, we slummed it, but had a great time. The
following day we drove down to Richard & Mary's new house in
County Wexford for an evening in the pub before finishing the next
day with a proper homegrown barbeque for family & friends in
their back garden, then catching the morning flight red-eye to Bristol
so we could spend a few days with our families before getting back
to Mas de Barberans.
When we got back, the plastering has begun, although it is not quite
finished as I write this. In most rooms the floor insulation has
been put down and a concrete screed laid over it ready for the "pasta"
layer on which the tiles will be laid.
electrician is fitting the switch box's, power points and lighting
and the tiles for the floors are being delivered soon.
No. 11 is looking like a proper house.
Down in the finca, we are working our butts off ably helped by Ollie
"Hawkeye" and Ellen who have been living in the barn and
doing some great work pruning and clearing the branches after my
top terrace looks nearly finished, but it will still take us a couple
of weeks to get through it all. Once that is done we will have brought
another 280-300 trees that ore on the slope at the back of the finca
under cultivation since the beginning of the year.