Sunday, 27 March 2011

Iron and Wine, Dublin, March 2011

For my birthday, way back in December, K gave me tickets to see Iron and Wine in Dublin. I've been getting into Iron & Wine for quite some time now but hadn't heard their latest album and had no idea how absolutely mind blowingly fantastic they would be live! The show was held at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, and so we made a trip of it and stayed in Dublin for a couple of nights. We weren't even sure if this would be an acoustic one man show, or whether the full band would be there. But the band was awesome, loud, and totally pumping. They seriously surprised me and I had the greatest nights entertainment. The saxophonist was positively making love to that instrument (er, the saxophone, I mean!) and the percussionist was also very entertaining to watch. All in all it was an awesome night and I'm so glad to have experienced it. The trip to Dublin was also lovely. We ate an awful lot. Drank more Guinness than was good for our guts. And enjoyed each others company. One evening we stumbled into a pub with proper Irish singers. I heard them playing 'Duelling Banjo's" from outside and was reminded of my Dad playing this when I was a kid, so insisted we go inside. They were actually a really good wee band, and we were both most amused when a woman asked them to play quieter and then left in a strop!

A day out

The kids were off school on St Paddy's Day so Dan and I decided to take the wee ones out for the day. The big kids weren't really interested in coming, or had already made plans, so we through a trip to Barneys old favourite place, the 'train museum' would be a good idea. A few years back we used to go here nearly every week! Barney was obsessed with the place. But it's been a good while since we last went... back when Rosie was just a wee baby, I think. It was a nice day out. It was nice that Rosie was old enough to run around the trains and enjoy the time with her big brother. She was really excited by some of the cars on display. Afterwards we went to Pizza Hut and made pigs of ourselves with lots of pizza, salad and ice cream! Nom nom.

Swimming, swimming, what do we do?

Swimming... swimming... What do we do? ... We keep on swimming :) (From Finding Nemo)
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