Why do some people say one thing when their minds really are thinking the opposite?

The broken down car

The broken down car

As you know our car broke down on the way to the ferry in Fishguard last Sunday. We missed the 2.30 pm ferry by minutes and had to wait for 12 hours.  So we did what we know works- find a local hotel with Wi-Fi and a quite place to sit. Continue reading

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Five days R&R in Portsmouth before returning to Dublin

HMS Alliance

HMS Alliance

Our Gap Year has been wonderful and things have fallen into place for us as we went along. One such example was staying with Neil & Bernie on the way home. It was a great transition from our year on the boat in Europe to coming back to Dublin and work. It helped prepare us. Continue reading

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We are home- we limped into Ireland rather than arrive to applause

The first Tow truck on A 40 Carmarthen Road

The first Tow truck on A 40 Carmarthen Road

We are home in Dublin since 11.30 today Monday 23rd February. Fourteen hours behind schedule but then again we did arrive by breakdown truck. Continue reading

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A Gap Year Lesson for Me- Sometimes You Just have to go with the Flow.

The Surgeons show Adrian how to use  the crutches

The Surgeons show Adrian how to use the crutches

Now that we are near the end of our Gap Year, I have been reflecting on what the year has taught me. Definitely one lesson for me is that it is always right to go with the flow and not try and force life. Continue reading

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Last day in France

Statue outside Caen Museum- Nuala to show scale

Statue outside Caen Museum- Nuala to show scale

We spent the last day in France, at The War Memorial of Caen museum and then took the night ferry from Caen to Portsmouth. We are near the end of our Gap Year.

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Final trip from St Jean to Caen- Nuala does not get to visit her Shrines of France

Adrian in front of war memorial

USA memorial to support personal who supplied 2 million USA troops during WW1

Nuala wanted to visit more Shrines in France, Nevers Cathedral and the remains of St Bernadette and also visit Lisieux and the Shrine of St Therese. I, on the other hand, wanted to visit the War Memorial de Caen which I understand is the best WW2 museum in France. So the compromise was the two shrines on the way to Caen, then the museum and then onto the boat for Portsmouth. But things did not work out that way. Continue reading

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We are leaving Chalon after 4 1/2 months

loading the car

Loading the car

The day we had planned to leave, it froze the night before – 6 degrees. We had to leave with ice on the decks.

It was a pretty hard job to load the car. We had to throw out a lot of stuff or pass it on to others. We brought the boat to a separate jetty to load the car. This proved challenging and now the car is jam packed with two bikes on the back.

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Last trip on the Saone River with our French friends

Home made soup- wine before and after

Home made soup- wine before and after

Last Sunday, we invited the people with whom we have formed strong friendships during or time in Chalon, to come on a farewell trip with us on the boat.

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Getting ready to go home- The big clear out!

C'est la Vie with her replaced canopy

C’est la Vie with her replaced canopy

We leave for Ireland next weekend, so we are clearing and doing final touch ups on the boat. The going away parties have started! This week we have been to dinner to Alain and Francoise’s home. On Sunday we are taking a number of people out for a last farewell trip on the boat. Continue reading

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Lunch at Bernard’s – Our French Friendships continue

l/r Marine,Catherine,Melanie,Bernard, Nuala, Roger, Elham

l/r Marine,Catherine,Melanie,Bernard, Nuala, Roger, Elham

We met Bernard at Rodgers New Year’s Party. Bernard kindly invited us to Sunday lunch at his home – another new French experience for us. Continue reading

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