Julia Anne joining the gang

Can’t say that I will have anything very interesting to to say that might delight my relatives.  anyway, I am off to Wicklow at the weekend to flog some paintings on the railings in Wicklow town.  Shall let you know if I have any luck.


Guernsey Week2&3

Guernsey: Week 2 & 3

Week 2 was much quieter, I went out for dinner with some workmates on the Monday night, had a few beers & was home in bed by 11! I got the use of a bike that day so I decided to check out the island with a set of wheels! That weekend I rose early again on Saturday morning and went to the marina to do a rib voyage (http://www.islandribvoyages.com/) – this consisted of getting on a small boat and being taken around the south of the island. It lasted about an hour & it was well worth doing!

Last week was definitely more adventurous.. the beginning of the week was rather quiet as I knew the end of the week was going to be rather hectic. Mam arrived on Wednesday evening, so I got her back to the apartment before 9pm, so we still had daylight to go for a walk down to the CastleCornet by the sea. While I was in work Thursday, mam took a double decker bus trip around the island for the afternoon. It did the usual touristy things, stopping at beaches along the way! Friday night was spent on a night out with Louvre, mam was made an honoury member for the nightJ

Jersey (http://www.jersey.com/)– we arose at 07.30 to catch the ferry to Jersey on Saturday. Well worth going! Had a look around the shops, did some lunch.. we decided when we got there that we’d do a bus tour of the island.. so that took us around the whole island for about 4 and a half hours. We got to hear quite alot about the islands history. Its still amazes me how close it is to France. We could see it quite clearly in the distance!

Sark (http://www.sark.info/)– Sunday we got a lie in – we arose at 08.00 to catch the ferry to Sark. A remote island where no cars travel. We were greeted by what can only be described as a tractor pulling a trailer with seats and a roof! When we reached the “town centre!” we decided to just start walking in one direction, and for the next 2 hours we walked to one end of the islands and along the coast.

After stopping for lunch we headed for “Le Coupe” and “Little Sark” which had some fantastic views! We trotted back to get the ferry and we arrived in plenty of time. We were sitting having a chat when an ambulance pulled up. Now, an ambulance meant a tractor pulling a caravan on the back with the words “ambulance” painted on the side! Our ferry was due to depart at 5pm so we went down to the harbour and our boat was there (or so we thought!), so when people started boarding, we jumped on too. At 4.45 the boat pulled away from the harbour (our boat wasn’t due to leave til 5!) so for a brief period we knew the boat was going somewhere, we just didn’t know where! We arrived back in Guernsey anyway (relieved!).

Monday we had dinner in a pub called the “Claddagh” and naturally enough, it was trying too hard to be the “traditional” irish pub. So much so that when we ordered fish & chips it came out wrapped in a newpaper, resting in a basket! The newspaper was an Irish Independant!

Mam went home yesterday (Tuesday 24th) after quite a “walking” holiday!

Guernsey: Week 1


After a stop over in London last Sunday night (July 1st), where I met up with Michelle & Richard for midnight Chinese, I hopped on a (very) small plane to get to the island of Guernsey. I had no idea what to expect and the clouds were so low and miserable, I hadn’t seen much by the time I arrived on the ground.

The apartment Im staying in is lovely. (http://www.albanyselfcatering.com/) Its basically a 2 bedroom house, with a balcony and a swimming pool out the back. I’ve settled in quite well there, and its less than a 10 minute walk to work in the morning so I’m definitely not complaining! Work is going well, great to be back after my 5 month holidayJ

The island itself is lovely. It reminds me of Tramore, except Guernsey has much steeper hills and they last for longer! Yes, this place was built on a hill.. and i live at the top of it, so if I want to go into the town I am faced with an uphill battle! During the week I walked around the town itself, taking different routes each time so now I know my way down to St. Peter Port going a few different ways, and to the main food shops! Walking is the main mode of transport hereL

This weekend I decided to start my “tourist” buzz and went down to St. Peter Port to hop on a bus! The first bus took me towards the “Little Chapel” which is such a tiny chapel…( http://www.thelittlechapel.org/) The Ronan clan definitely wouldn’t all fit in there! After that, instead of waiting for a bus I decided to walk to the next stop which was a German Occupied Museum (http://www.occupied.guernsey.net/occ_museum.htm) I stopped and had my lunch near a beach called the Petit Bot, and then walked onto a German underground hospital which housed german soldiers during WW2! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/guernsey/content/articles/2004/07/20/german_military_underground_hospital_about_feature.shtml)
Very eerie..I was glad of the noise of a school tour because the dead silence would have scared the beejaysus out of me! When I got back to the bus terminal it was getting late, so I just hopped on a bus that went the whole way around the island, which took 90 minutes at about 20 mph the whole way!
Saturday night one of the girls in the office invited me out for food & drinks so a drink first, then we had curry chips and a burger on the beach watching the sunset on cobo bay!!

Sunday, I decided to get a boat to Herm Island. http://www.herm-island.com
It was fantastic there. A walk around the island took 90 minutes and when I was done, I sat down on a rock, red my book & chilled out in the sunshine! It was so relaxing!


Thank you

Hi all,

Thanks for the texts and emails of congratulations. James seems to have passed the Ronan test with flying colours and thankfully the Ronans passed J’s test too. I was a little concerned that meeting almost the entire Ronan clan may be too overwhelming but he seems to be in one piece after it.

Details of the wedding date and venue will be forwarded in due course. We are not going to post the details publicly on the website as its a day we want to keep private. We’ll possibly set up a separate site (with big bros’ help) and give it a password and keep the specific updates on there. Anyway there is lots to do and as I am hungry, cooking dinner is top priority right now!

Thanks again especially to Sheila who laid on a lovely supper for us of canapes and champagne.

Fujairah-Dubai-Dublin-Germany-Dublin-Dubai & next stop Guernsey (via London!)

I have to say its been a busy month of June. For starters I got a job in Fund Administration in a start up company out here. I have to go to Guernsey for training tho, so I’m heading off on Sunday, overnightingin London & then heading to Guernsey on monday morning. I’m back in Dubai on August 3rd, so it works out as being gone for almost 5 weeks. 5 weeks out of the summer heat aint too bad! I just dont know if i’ve clothes warm enough for Guernsey!!

Paul & I went away for the weekend of June 14th – 16th, to the east coast of the UAE, a town called Fujairah. After a rather long drive to get there(more because we got stuck in traffic by the airport & then in Sharjah!). A rather fantastic time was had, drinking, eating, having a few beers by the pool. Unfortunately the beach had been pretty much wiped out & all water sports were cancelled due to the hurricane that hit the weekend before.

The weekend after consisted of getting on a plane in Dubai on friday morning, arriving in Dublin airport at lunch time, waiting for the flight to Karlsruhe Baden-Baden in Germany (with Stephen & Niamh), getting to the airport & eventually arriving in Goppingen at midnight. Get up the next day, get dolled up & head off to celebrate Michael & Tanjas wedding, which was a fantastic day out. Well worth the travelling to see so many of the Ronans together, as you can see by the family picture taken:)

The flight back to Dublin was a touch & go affair.. I”m never drinking before a flight again! I had dinner with Elaine, Emilia & Gill in the city centre & stayed with Elaine sunday night. Headed to the airport monday to catch my flight back to Dubai & I arrived here tuesday morning.

So now the washing of clothes has commenced to get them ready to catch the flight to Guernsey on sunday! Work here I come!


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