On Sunday I had the most glorious day. It started early when I got the train out to mam's to help her put up her Christmas trees. I was supposed to be just assembling them for her but I had some extra time so we ended up decorating them together and chatting which was fun.
After doing all that I got back on the train and continued onwards to Coolmine where I met with Dave and Edel, and from there we drove out to the beautiful village of Ballinaclash in the beautiful Garden of Ireland, county Wicklow.
This is the view from Tony and Tanya's house. How INCREDIBLE is that!!!
The food! The food!
We had a wonderful lunch and below are just some photos of it - there was tons and tons more, but don't worry we were up for the job of eating it :-)
Sausage in bacon with honey and almond.
And look at those adorable little olive penguins in the background!
Black pudding with brie and rosemary - a little mini Christmas pudding :-)
Brie baked with garlic, and bread by my wonderfully talented baker friend Andy.
After lunch (and before dessert!) we went for a lovely walk through the forest beside their house.
For the evening we sat around eating lots of desserts (pavlova, ice cream, chocolate cake, coffee cake, strawberry cake!) and drinking tea and coffee. Oh and eating chocolate truffles also.
We also were listening to music. I brought some records to play - normally when we get together my party piece is that I make the cocktails for us all, but seeing as it was a Sunday none of us were drinking (plus people were driving etc) so I figured that I would be dj and look after the music instead.
We left quite late in the evening, much later than any of us intended to I think, as always when we go to T&T's there is just something magical about the time spent in their home, and with the gang and you just never want it to end!