Our Irish Adventure And The Making Of A Garden.

In early 2004, after OH and I had known each other for a couple of years,we decided to move to Shropshire……….that is until we happened to have coffee with a friend of mine and her husband one sunday morning. Their son and his Irish wife were leaving Richmond and having a house built in Co.Wexford, Southern Ireland. So my friends also decided to move over there and they showed us all the estate agent’s brochures of the likely properties in the area. The prices were ridiculously cheap for huge properties and land compared to tiny properties over here (it was the time of the Celtic Tiger boom) that we decided to do the same. I had only ever moved once in my life, 5 miles away from my childhood home, but I didn’t have a qualm, amazingly! My friends went off and found an apartment in Gorey town while they looked for a suitable property. I went over to stay with them and we spent days looking at properties. A few weeks later OH and I went over and found a development of 3 properties in a tiny hamlet, each with an acre of virgin ground and so the adventure began!
We had to find somewhere to rent while the house was being built and while looking at various places a lady told us that her mother had a chalet by the sea where we could stay with our dog and 2 cats for a very reasonable rent. Luckily we both sold our properties very quickly and at the end of October 2004, at 6am on a dark and VERY windy morning, we set off from South Nottinghamshire to Holyhead. I was driving my car and OH was driving a hired van with all the animals and anything else we needed. (our furniture etc. was in storage in Nottingham). It was so windy that ours was the last ferry running but we made it to Dun Laoghaire and I led the way down towards Gorey. The chalet was down tiny lanes but I followed the instructions and found it without too much trouble. The owner was waiting for us and welcomed us with true Irish hospitality, showed us where everything was and left us with a chicken casserole cooking in the oven. OH could only stay a couple of days as he had to return to finalise his house sale so there I was with just Chester the dog and Muffin and O.G. the cats for company.

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Chalet beach

Chalet beach

As you can see, the chalet was miles from anywhere, tucked into the sand dunes among other holiday homes which were only inhabited at weekends. I had to do all my washing in the sink by hand and hang it outside to dry…….and I loved it! I explored the beautiful beach with Chester. Some days I put him in the car and drove along the coastline and we walked for miles along deserted beaches. I also liased with builders, electricians etc. and visited the, under construction, house, all the while marvelling at the size of the garden and imagining what we could do with it. I also found Tesco and (Jane will like this) Lidl and all the other little shops in Gorey. OH joined me in November and we made plans for Christmas as his daughter and her husband were flying over to join us. By then the house was built and we had put a kitchen table and chairs in so we had a picnic in the kitchen on Christmas day.

In January we moved in, the furniture arrived and we started planning.

To be continued………..

9 Responses

  1. Oh, Cilla, such an exciting read :yahoo: :yahoo: (pretend emoticons)!!!! I don’t want it to continue – I want it NOW!!!
    The photos are lovely so far. Can’t wait to see what you did with an acre of land – insanely jealous moi ;-)

  2. cilla says:

    I’m in the swing of it now Jane :lol: Might have to refer to my diaries for part 3. I sorted all the pics out on that sunday afternoon you said you would like to see it and then I couldn’t find them. Found them now though! I’m jealous too as somebody is reaping the benefit of all the hard work!

  3. Had to look it up: an automatic notification sent when a link has been created to a person’s blog post from an external website, allowing a reciprocal link to that website to be created. :excruciating:

  4. AliCat says:

    Ooh Lovely Cilla, we can’t wait to see the next installment :-)

  5. Beanstew says:

    Think this blog will become my seasonal adventure. Come on Cilla! You have whetted our appetites, and we expect you to stay up at night to unfold your story for us. I thought from the state of your present garden, that you must have been there for yonks – but obviously not.

  6. cilla says:

    I’m glad you are enjoying it Bean. We were only there from Jan 2005 to November 2006 but you will see how it evolved soon.

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