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Month: October 2011

Message from a Hostel – Let’s just call it camping part 2

Fire, Fire oh! Feck what a great big fire Nora.  It just took off, run down to the lake Alistair and fetch some water. With what shall I fetch the water in Nora?  In a bucket dear Alistair.  But there is a hole in the bucket dear Nora, a hole.  Well fixed it dear Alistair.  With what shall I fix it with dear Nora?  Oh for feck sake Alistair with some straw.  The straw is to long Nora, well cut it dear Alistair.  My axe is too dull dear Nora, well sharpen it dear Alistair.  What shall I sharpen it on dear Nora. On a stone dear Alistair on a stone.  The stone is too dry dear Nora, well wet it with water dear Alistair, but there is a hole in the bucket dear Nora a hole. Too late Alistair the Fire Brigade has just arrived.  I knew someone would find us Alistair.  Who started the fire asked the Fire Officer.  We don’t know, we were just driving past and we came down here to have a look said Nora.  Alistair is fixing his bucket to try to help put this fire out.  A small bucket like that will not put this forest fire out madam.  Any chance of a tow back to town Alistair asked.  I thought you said you were driving past here.  We were driving by said Nora and then the car just broke down with all the heat from the fire. Looks like there might have been people camping out here said the Fire Officer.  Sure does look like that said Nora maybe they started the fire and ran away, would you credit that office. We are not allowed to tow cars but we will send a tow truck back for you both explained the Fire Officer.  That’s great said Nora we will just tidy up our camping equipments and be ready when it arrives. Watch out for more news on the just found couple!

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Message from a Hostel – Let’s just call it camping

Do you think we are lost Alistair, I would say so Nora after we took the last turn on that dirt road we were already over 50 Km from the nearest town and we have driven at least another 60Km. The lake looks really nice though Alistair and I’m sure after a few days we will be missed by someone.  Well Nora it’s three days now and I have not seen anybody else around except for the bears over in the woods.  If we don’t hassle them Alistair they won’t hassle us.  Alistair to keep warm we will need to build a nice fire.  Yes Nora I am collecting the firewood right this minute Nora I am getting some food from the car will you watch the fire and make sure it is OK. Alistair could you come here a minute I think the fire is a little hot………!!! Watch out for more news on the LOST couple!

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Message from a Hostel – Full Irish Breakfast

Nora what has happened to the world, gone are the days when you could bring a few old Galtee rashers, some Clonakilty black pudding and good old Denny’s sausages to your friends out foreign.  What are you on about Alistair?  Nora do you not remember whenever you were heading out foreign your Ma or your Da would hand you a package wrap in old newspaper to stick in your luggage for your uncles or aunties.  Sure remember the time you bought the rings of white & black pudding on Moore Street to send to Eccie Hubbard in England and you left them sitting on the train on your way home. I had some rashers and black pudding for my old friend Joe and when I landed off the plane and went into the airport baggage hall wasn’t there this big feckin dog chewing on my suitcase.  Hey I shouted get that feckin dog away from me black pudding.  Next thing Nora there was about three big officers hauling me off with all my luggage, the feckin dog was still hanging out of my suitcase. They kept me in this little room watching me through a two way mirror.  Then this very official bloke comes into the room with my half chewed up suitcase, bangs it on the table and asks me to open it.  When I opened the suitcase, sure all that was in it was your clothes and red snow boots that I was bringing back for you.  He took out your red boots and looked inside he turn them upside down and onto the table fell all the rashers and black pudding. Well he says, have you anything to say about this, yes says I they belong to Joe and I have an official document here called Anything to Declare, right beside the meat products box there was a big X marked and I had written beside it –Galtee rashers and Clonakilty black pudding for Joe. Well Alastair they obviously let you go, yes Nora after a lot more explaining about all the women’s clothes in my luggage. I would say they are all now tucking into a full Irish Breakfast in the airport staff canteen.

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What Goes Around

To everyone for their kind words and thoughts expressed to my family and I on the death of my Mum thank you.  I am now in Canada and this is the first post I have written since I left to travel home over two weeks ago.  Thanks to Jazz Air & Air Canada for looking after me so well during my travels and a special thanks to Catherine who works on check-in at Kelowna Airport, she went out of her way to ensure I got a flight home in time for the funeral.  Please if you are travelling through Kelowna International Airport and Catherine is on duty just hi and thanks she a special person. And with some of my pervious posts and comments about acts of kindness and making someone smile each day this post is to say what goes around comes around – when it is our turn to help someone let us not miss the opportunity.

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