toujours tu chériras la mer!

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Ok, ok, the freedom didn’t kick in until just after 6pm.
From the cubicle farm to the sea in less than one hour (the biggest chunk of it was dedicated to getting Luca into a wet suit…)
Luca isn’t perhaps quite as efficient an auxiliary engine as his sister.
There was a lot of moaning. And not that much paddling.

But he did try.

And we did get to try the rod holder. It’s working fine. Can’t wait for the mackerel season to start.

I can actually see the Mistake Factory in this shot. In the background.

Where it belongs.

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Homme libre,

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That’s the one item that we did not have during the Deluxe 5 Stars Supreme Mega Gastronomic weekend.

I decided to blank out Dr Ross’s annoying self-righteous little voice about fatty liver nonsense.

Fuck that. Life is short.

And given the weekend’s good-food-that’s-bad-for-you excesses, life may be even shorter. I am sorry? Not in the least.

 

Fillet steak. With… with… WTF?! Is that an oyster stuck in the middle of it?

It surely is… Strange as it may seem, it works! Two very strong tastes. That don’t destroy each other. Surf and turf in the one mouthful. Washed down with Pinot Noir.

Make that three strong tastes competing for the limelight then…

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Wild oysters. Provenance? Uncertain. Not sure if it was the spot just at the bottom of Nana’s field, or the one that’s 500 yards to the right…

Faisant pâté. Ingredients: thanks Uncle Martin. Preparation: thanks Nana.

Rabbit pâté. Ingredients: thanks Uncle Martin. Preparation: thanks Nana.

Lobster salad. Ingredients: thanks to the fisherman from Blacksod. Preparation: thanks to Cuffe’s Centra for the Light Mayonnaise.

Refreshment: thanks to P. de Marcilly

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Wild scallops. Ingredients: thanks to Nana and Martin (and thanks to the spring tide for uncovering that precious bit of extra ground) Preparation: thanks Nana (I always knew there would be a way to put the corals to good use: marinated in lime, blended into a fresh cream and tabasco sauce. Brilliant!)

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Fried Chinese dumplings. Just because they are Luca’s ultimate favorite.

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Home-smoked wild Atlantic salmon. Jayzus, the phone camera doesn’t do it justice. Amazing.

Ingredient: thanks Uncle Martin! Preparation: thanks Uncle Martin!

Soda bread: thanks O’Donoghues’ bakery

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Homemade Couscous Royal Imperial 

Ingredients: thanks Nana and Uncle Martin. In fairness, the homemade merguez stole the show. With a real mutton taste, like they tasted 50 years ago. The addition of the pork belly means that they did not receive the approval of the Imam from Belmullet’s mosque. Still, what tasty mutton sausages!

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And for dessert?

Trifle. A trifling presence in the weekend of foodie wonders as far as I am concerned but the kids, and Nana, beg to differ.

They enjoyed making it. They enjoyed demolishing it. Especially Mimi, the ultimate sugar fiend.

I now need to walk, run, swim and kayak the millions of extra calories away.

But it was worth it. Oh yes, it was worth it.

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Foie gras

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… Mayo style. Great walk on Cross strand today.

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Blowing the cobwebs…

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You bet your arse they’re ready…

Let the egg hunt begin!

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Ready?

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Wet pissed off cat

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Fuck sake, mememe2U, this is not funny.
Open the shaggin’ door.
This is no weather to leave a cat out.

Nana?
Nana?!
Na-NAAAAAAA!

Your son won’t open the sliding-door-that-doesn’t-slide-too-well.

NA-NAAAAAAAA!

He’s laughing at me, that big eedjit.

This is is NOT funny. I wanna get in. I wanna get in.

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NA-NAAAAAAAA!
I’m going to meow until one of you let’s me in.

NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!

I’ll keep it up until you can no longer stand it.

NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!

I’ll be louder than the cow that was calfing last night 15 yards from Mrs mememe2U’s bedroom window.

NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!
NA-NAAAAAAAA!

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They had a blast

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of fresh air. Or 12,000. During our hour walk.

But it takes more than gale force winds to deter kids or spaniels from having fun.

Nana tried to have us believe that the weather was blissfully spring-like for the last ten days.

I articulated doubts about the veracity of her allegations.

She then tried to insinuate that we are the ones bringing shite weather with us to her otherwise sunny part of the world.

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Insert coin

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This is our traditional stop on the Shannon, the half way point during the odyssey to Nana’s.
We usually have a sandwich, a bag of crisps, we throw a few stones in the river, and then we have a quick game of Pacman.
I invented that one about 5 years ago, and they still request it every time we time in Tarmonbarry.
The rules are pretty simple. They can run on the yellow lines only. They cannot jump from one segment to another. Once they have started a segment, they cannot backtrack.
And I chase them while imitating the pacman sound.
They have three lives each.
They don’t tire of it.
I pretend not to tire of it either.

Xbox 1 eat your heart out.

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