They were so kind. Despite being on holiday, they made sure that I barely lifted a finger in the kitchen, fixed things around the house that I'd forgotten were broken. Attacked the wilderness that is currently the back garden, and we still found time to do a few touristy things, including watching a pair of seals frolicking in the sea and playing peek a boo around the rocks, a couple of lovely meals out, an escapologist on Dublin's Grafton Street, and a trip to the Little Museum of Dublin (which I naively thought was free..). Photos from these trips are on Instagram, which has become my new guilty pleasure.
The lovely visitors also helped me to finally frame and hang these pictures, which I obtained through the kindness of two friends from twitter: a word of admiration from me was followed by the offer of a print in the post. How could I refuse? However things that don't need to be done just wait and wait. But it was time. So a huge thank you to Barbara Boucher (@therextras) and Catherine Drea (@foxglovelane) for these lovely pictures, which overlook our dining alcove and mean that Smiley is no longer looking at an empty wall while she eats.
And finally I just want to mention my twitter friend Paul Bowler (@PaulWSBowler), who appeared in Dublin for one night only, in front of friends, family and an audience expecting to be entertained, as a virgin stand up comedian. If anyone can think of a more impressive way to celebrate reaching your 40th birthday, I'd love to hear it. I'm all fired up to do something that I find scary now... and I hope to be posting about that very soon!