zaterdag 28 februari 2009

Wintery Folly

The columns on the roof on the Folly, which is located next to the house in Polranny, represent the latest development in building madness.
Photo: Peti

woensdag 25 februari 2009

The House and the Folly in Winter

No leaves: very bare, very romantic...
Photo: Peti

zaterdag 21 februari 2009

Corraun Diary 11); the Welcome Home Festival 2003

In August 2003 Al and Jane, our friends in nearby Currane, had been hard at work renovating their pub for a very special occasion: the Welcome Home Festival. As Jane wrote in her diary: 'The bar has been redecorated, the new toilets are finished and the festival has started. There's a wonderful atmosphere in the village and people with roots in Currane have travelled from far and wide to be here'.
Photo: Jane

woensdag 18 februari 2009

The Flowering Shrubs (2)

The flowering shrubs (both with and without variegated leaves) have been planted beneath the pine trees. They will be seen at their best in the low winter sun when they sprout bright red berries.
Photo: Peti

zaterdag 14 februari 2009

Green-Fingered Pirates

There's lots of land surrounding the Pirates' house in Polranny. This means that the garden is a hive of activity, even in the dead of winter. Here is the latest haul of flowering shrubs, the result of a recent raid on the local garden centre.
Photo: Peti

woensdag 11 februari 2009

Corraun Diary (10); Fixing the Ladies

It's hard work doing up an old pub, as Jane, our friend and neighbour, records in her diary entry of August 2003: 'We have new toilets. It's been such a rush to get them ready for the summer rush. The rooms we've used were full of wet rot, dry rot and rising damp, and so had to be completely gutted and rebuilt. It's cost a fortune but we're sure that it's been worthwhile. The nameplates (centre) were made by me.' Click to enlarge.
Photos: Jane

zaterdag 7 februari 2009

Pirates' Pool

This is where the Pirates get their exercise: the swimming pool at the nearby Mulranny Hotel. There's also a jacuzzi, hot tub and sauna to soothe their aching limbs. Not to mention the gym, for those who don't like getting their whiskers wet.
Photo: Peti

woensdag 4 februari 2009

Founding Pirates

The first two pirates - Hank and Peti - when they were still babies. The house is in the background.
Photo: Karin Daan. Taken in the summer of 1973.