March 30, 2010
We took Logan to an Easter egg hunt in Hebron over the weekend. They had 8000 plastic eggs laid out and sections made for different age groups. The hunt had a bit of a late start and Logan was not happy until it began.
We filled his basket and had to stop collecting the eggs before our basket started overflowing. About 40 eggs were numbered and Logan got to pick from a number of prizes for getting an egg numbered 2. He picked the Little People Farm (with my help).
March 22, 2010
A few vacation photos in Tallahassee...
Logan is looking at a Black Bear
Logan "takes off" down the boardwalk
We went to the Tallahassee Museum today and had fun looking at a bunch of animals and chasing after Logan. His favorite thing was to take off running on the boardwalk.
You can see more photos at my other blog: Modern Mantle (Click name to jump over)
March 14, 2010
Logan has a bit of an independent streak and keeps going into the kitchen to play. I went in to check on him and found him in this condition. In 1 minutes time he managed to get his sleeve stuck in the trashcan. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw him.
March 7, 2010
Christchurch Cathedral Crypt
Dublin at Night
Nathan and I walked around the little town of Malahide and went to the shore to see the view and the docks. We caught the train back to Dublin after our excursion and tackled the last few places to see.
We went over to Christchurch Cathedral and really enjoyed the walk inside this huge church. A great guide was provided and it explained all fo the areas of the church. We went down into the crypt, which had a number of church artifacts and crypts on display.
After the church tour, we went into an adjacent part of the church to look for something in the Duvlinia gift shop. We were guided through the back parts of this children's museum by an employee of the museum and I swear it took 15 minutes. We were completely lost as to hwo to get out that we went the wrong way and then took advantage of that fact to climb about 5 flights of stairs to the top of a tower, where we took some nice photos. We, then, figured out how to get out. How confusing.
Our last night in Dublin ended with us having a dinner of fish and chips from Leo Burdock's and it was huge! We should have shared one.
By this point we were exhausted and missing Logan to the extreme so we headed back to the hotel, slept, and flew home to our little man.
March 4, 2010
Oon our 4th day in Dublin, we took another little trip out of the city to Malahide. We walked from the train station to the park around Malahide castle. The weather was a bit drizzly, but we still had a bit of fun walking through the scenic trail.
When we got to the castle we saw that they were doing some construction on the exterior and I was a little worried that they were closed, but we were able to walk around to the side of the castle and managed to make our way to the entrance area. They offered self guided w/ audio tours of the castle at designated times, so we decided to do that. Unfortunately, the art in the castle is on loan from Ireland and can't be photographed, so they didn't allow cameras. I'll have to eloquently describe the rooms for your "viewing" pleasure. We went up a an old spiral (stone) stair to the first sitting room that is the oldest portion of the castle, built in 1185 AD. This room had one set of windows and was a bit long and narrow with dark painted wood paneling in an intricate design. The whole castle had its original furniture and this room had a number of large chests, table, and chairs. The audio guide stated that the cattle would be brought intot he lower level for safe-keeping at night and the family would stay in the level above.
The castle had a number of additions added throughout the years and the style of the rest of the rooms varied from the older more Norman type room to Roccoco styled rooms and finally to Georgian style rooms. We walked through a few rooms with high ceilings, ornate moldings, and gilt chairs. One sitting room had the most impressive inlay work with almost microscopic marble pieces. The technique died with the craftsman as he was jealous of his skill and refused to pass it along.
We went into the large banquest room with a really long banquet table, The ceilings were very high and at one end of the room there was a raised musicians gallery for entertainment. In the corner of the room there is a little door called "Puck's Door" that gives access to the turret room. Puck is the ghost of Malahide. The room reminded me of a more medieval style with dark wood and iron chandelier.
Finally, we toured the bedrooms in the top floor. They had typically clothing form the 19th century, along with toys, displayed in them.
We left the castle and passed the ruins of its chapel and graveyard. Very scenic and romantic, but closed off to tourists.