Just back from Wicklow where we attended our nephew, Luke's wedding to his fiance, Aimee. Now to say it was cold would be underestimating it. It was the coldest spell in forty years!
These are the icicles in the ditch outside the hotel.
Yes, I know, snow does not impress ye' who live with lots of it but we do not usually get snow of any kind....Well the country almost came to a halt and some people are virtually stranded in their homes. The secondary roads are treacherous so there was lots of worry about people getting down to county Wicklow for the wedding.
Paul and I were bringing Nana, so we headed out the day before and stayed in a lovely hotel, The Woodenbridge Hotel in Avoca.
Second from left is my nephew, Sam and third from left Danny his brother.
There is no doubt that we have beautiful brides here......
The VERY happy couple! Luke is wearing Willa's tie.
Below - in pink is the flowergirl, Aimee's sister and Luke holds the Ring Fairy! yes, this little one brought up the rings on her wand at the church.
Oh - and I don't have any pics yet but the church was amazingly decorated with ivy, baby's breath and hundreds of candles by my niece, celebrated Irish designer, Sally Sweetman, Luke's sister. Quite beautiful. I'll get some pics of it later. Very talented designer and decorator our Sally!
GORGEOUS YOUNG IRISH MEN AVAILABLE (contact me for ph. no's ---(at a price ;-))
which is long enough for three it seems. Left is Angie and right is my sister and mother of the groom, Catherine.
Here is Paul again proving what I have always said...The sun shines out of ...... his shoulder?!
Pic also shows left to right. Ed, Angie's husband, Sam, brother of groom and Martin, father of groom.
Sistahs are doin' it for each other.
"Can you see to put in my earring?" "No, I haven't got my glasses but I'll try"
"Oh wait a minute, she is going to foc-us...POSE!
(Hey girls - I can Photoshop yis for a price!) (oh, and you left your cup of vodka on the windowsill behind yis' :-)
...and as Nana puts her best foot forward in the ice and snow...Angie pretends to be carrying her walking stick but I know she is using it to keep her feet under her. And will ye' look at Dr Who? Helping Nana (by holding on to her zimmer frame) yeah, right.
and in Redcross village is this original 1920's shopfront.
As we were driving along I took this picture of the sunset declaring " Oh what a beautifully coloured sunset". ...to which Paul said dryly "You are taking that picture through a tinted window" Smirk, smirk.
Serves me right for accusing him of scuttin' (hitching a lift) on an old lady's zimmerframe. LOL
Now for a strange tale.....As I told you we brought my mother, Nana, down a day early to the hotel. That evening we had a nice meal and were toasting our toes at a blazing fire and saying how Willa would be sorely missed at the wedding. At that we pulled up a spare seat for him and invited him to join us in spirit for a nightcap. We put his tie on the seat as you can see in the photo and chatted with him as if he was there.
Mam was saying how strange things had happened in her house that convinced her that he was around her at all times.
Now, I am the world's biggest sceptic ("Ooooh, I'm an athiest - thank God!") bieng my fav. quote) ...but jokingly l said to Willa " If you are at the wedding will ye' give us a sign?"
The next day as we waited at the same fire to go to the marquee for the meal Paul said "Will you just look at that! A robin"
And so there was... he hopped around the furniture as I tried to snap a photo.
He seemed to disappear but we were told that he was now in the bar. Yeah, that was Willa all right. I wonder if he sneaked a sip of anyone's Guinness. I just had time to snap this picture before we had to leave for the meal. It shows the little robin singing in the bar.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your mini trip to county Wicklow. I sure did. See you soon...Pam