We’re going to Dublin

25 Feb

for Chris and my birthdays in June. How exciting is that. Have only been once before for two hours during a horrible rain storm, so didn’t really get the best of the place. AND we are flying, to continue the Kilburn crusade to stop me being scared of it. I feel a tiny bit scared now I’ve written that though.

Where to stay though . . . . Hmm.

AND only £15370 to go. Thank you Kat Russell and your swimming.

Oh, and Mags, I forgot to answer your post. You surely can help out at craft fayres and things.

There’s a small, but growning – growning? – growing family of rhinos waiting for TKOE too. Thank you Helen and Helen’s mum.

Today is going to be a good day, I think.



16 Responses to “We’re going to Dublin”

  1. Claire February 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Just came in from a session of rediscovering my garden after 6 years of relative neglect; I never seem to get to the trug & flowers stage, just forever dirty fingernails, snagged hair & huge bags of pruned bits! There’s always something special about finding tiny shoots starting to grow, wherever they are…..many more articulate people have written about the therapeutic effects of gardening . I suppose flowers growing in the graveyard say something about the continuation of the possibility of beauty & life…where’s a poet when you need one? Cat continues to purr, eat , & gently resist tablet giving. The vet looked surprised again last time she saw him. There’s the faint suspicion of a smirk on his face too, possibly because my latest batch of blood tests are for lyme disease ; thats right, the thing you get from tics. Yum!!
    I thought of another line for the shop, my local tesco has introduced pay trollies, which drives me bats as I never seem to have a £1 coin. If you sold trolley tokens with domino tags I’d buy 10, one for every bag, pocket & car.
    Back to the garden before the rugby starts

  2. Andrea Clarke February 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Jo, I’m not a fan of flying either. i take a book, my ipod and a book of sudoku puzzles. i won’t go in to how many comfort breaks are required before getting on the plane!!! I rationalise it by reminding myself that it’ll be worth it when we get there!!!

    It’s only a hop, skip and jump to Ireland by plane though isn’t it!!

    • chris February 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      If the plane hops, skips or in any way jumps, I’m not going!

  3. margaret crisp February 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi, have never been to Dublin so let us know how it goes!! Digging rules here – have dug 168 square meters so far, only another 30 square meters to go, and then planting can begin. No news on the house yet but fingers crossed. Thankyou for saying I can help man stalls etc, Jo, will look forward to that!
    As for gardening being therapeutic, Claire, not sure I agree with that at present – I’m finding it quite hard!

  4. celia butler February 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    So glad to hear that you’re expecting a good day.
    Have been to Dublin twice some years ago, as my sister lived there for a while. Thought it was a lovely city, the only bad thing I remember was the awful traffic getting to and from the airport. But that’s the case in most cities. As for where to stay, Groupon and kgb deals often have hotels in Dublin, and there’s always lastminute.com or laterooms. Or you could look at Tripadvisor and work your way through the higher ranked places to find something that sounds right for you. As for the flying, it doesn’t take long and you did very well last time – you might surprise yourself at how unphased you are now.
    You’ve got me wondering now about the sounds that rhinos make (quite like growning as a word). When you spend a lot of time with a 16 month old, animal sounds feature quite a lot. We haven’t got to rhinos yet, but we’ll have to resolve their noises by the time they get into TKOE stock if I’m going to buy one for her.
    Old Macdonald may well have to have a rhino on his farm for the first time….x

  5. Lin February 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Well as you know I have done Dublin 4 times (or is it 5…..yeah, twice for work…) now….have many books and anecdotes etc. Best place we stayed (twice….) was the Morrison …very very very nice and very central for everything.
    Will see you before and bring books etc.
    Will call you tomorrow – time we arranged dates !!
    kisses and hugs all round and a firm handshake Mr K

  6. Amy February 26, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    Dublin is awesome! Although when we went, some gypsies threw stones at us…but don’t let that put you off!

  7. Helen & Harrie February 26, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    This sunshine is soooooooo lovely . It was great to see u both yesterday and I hope u have fed and watered those rhinos. We will get some more made soon, but not today. And no I don’t get to enjoy the sunshine outside, even though I am itching to get out in the garden and see all those new shoots. Love this time of year in the garden when suddenly everything starts to grow and wants to come out and play. I will be helping Mark decorate Harries room, new flooring, manga wall paper to be hung, new skirting, painting, new bed that we are going to let her custom paint and lots more. Second thoughts, think I might hide in the garden……….

    You are becoming a little jet setter, there will be no stopping you, perhaps it’s ure own knock on effect!!! Xxx

  8. Pip Armstrong February 26, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    We’re going to Dublin next weekend, staying on Sunday night in Jury’s Parnell Street triple room inc Irish breakfast £49.00 bargain! The flight to Dublin is a piece of cake, 40 mins max,
    follow my lead and have two large glasses of wine in the airport before taking off and you won’t even remember it :o*)
    PS We have just been talking about sustainable fundraising ideas for KOE and have an idea …..how’s about a trendy charity/clothing swap shop/cafe /meeting place type thing in Gloucester aimed at and run by teenagers, a kind of community project for young people run in Rosie’s memory, there must be loads of empty retail units at mo available?

  9. Kathryn Russell February 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Have fun 😄

  10. Pip February 27, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    You could even go the whole hog, aim for the top and ask Mary Portas if she would help to set it up, I bet she would if she knew it was supporting cancer charities? Didn’t Rosie meet her once?

    • Claire February 27, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      That’s a fantastic idea, especially as it continues one of Rosie’s plans. And always aim for the top! Mind you, being ‘organised’ by Mary might take more dutch courage than flying…….

  11. Jonquil February 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I didn’t mind flying at first, but got thoroughly put off by bumpy flights on our trip to Oz and NZ some years ago. I can’t imagine it being like that going to Dublin. Am investigating the possibilities of a Kindle, though the best of the lot is being allowed to knit or crochet on internal flights in Norway – yes, really! Very sensible people, the Norwegians.

    Coming back from walking the dog this a.m., a photographer was on the railway bridge waiting to snap “Teenage Spirit” a locomotive painted pale blue and named in honour of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Is the Birmingham Unit part of that? Anyway, inasmuch as a goods loco can look fab and glam, it looked great, and of course, I thought of Rosie and you all.

  12. Pip February 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Flights to Dublin can be interesting, usually on landing if it’s windy ….if you like being swayed from side to side before you land you’ll love it, Henry thinks it’s excellent fun, absolutely adores it, mad child :oS

  13. celia butler February 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    400,000 hit alert – looks like it’s going to happen in the next 24 hours or so. Yay! x

  14. Pip February 28, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    ooooooo …… I’m getting really into this now, hows about approaching /www.young-enterprise.org.uk and seeing if you can tie something up with them? Running profit-making businesses as an educational tool is fine but how’s about expanding that idea and encourage third sector businesses too that benefit young people’s charities and in particular young people’s cancer charities in some kind of a new scheme attached to Rosie’s name? Talking about the charity shop idea here too but rolling it out on a bigger scale under the umbrella of an existing scheme, would be a very fitting tribute to her if you could pull it off ….just an idea x

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