max’s blog – day 28

October 6th, 2014

And when we got home all of the penguino-family was waiting for us!

Pneguino-bro, Penguino-cuz and Penguino-sis.

Penguino-bro, Penguino-cuz and Penguino-sis.

max’s blog – days 26 & 27

October 6th, 2014

day 26

In the morning we had a massive breakfast. After that we went on a tour bus around Dublin, it was awesome!!!XD!!!

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It went for sooooooooooooo long; at the end we went to the Dublin wax museum, which is where their secret headquarters are in Skullduggery Pleasant!

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Bond girl ...

Bond girl …

Beauty and the Greg

Beauty and the Greg

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It was really cool and I met the prime minister! (Kidding!)

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Then we went to the pizza place for lunch and dinner!

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Then we went to bed, a-waiting the next, boring day…

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Teddy gets ready

Teddy gets ready

Night vigil for Teddy

Night vigil for Teddy

day 27

We got up in the morning at 6, a bit early for my taste, but then again, who really cares? After that we took the iPads off their chargers and packed up. We then said goodbye to the receptionist and took off for the car. We stuffed the boot full of luggage and drove off to the airport. We got there and then waited for about an hour.

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when the plane was ready we hopped in and sat down, I opened up the iPad and played. About five hours later we got out in Abu Dhabi and had some lunch there, after that we went to the plane, I watched X-Men and I think Spider Man, after that the fasten seatbelt sign popped up and we put our screens away.

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the plane nearly crashed when we landed because it tipped to one side and then the other. We landed and touched down on the ground after flying for 12 hours. When we got out of the airport we met out grandparents (June and Bob!).

I just want to say, my favorite part of the trip was when we did our board game, that was really fun!!!

All in all, I’ll say, it was a really fun trip, (Aside from the boring parts!)

THE END

max’s blog – days 24 – 25

September 1st, 2014

Day 24

well, not the most exciting day ever, but still pretty exciting… (not really!)  i slept in a lot, then we went to the Ballinahown tea rooms for, hmmmm… breakfast,

Tea room selfies

Tea room selfies

Can you be surprised in a selfie?

Can you be surprised in a selfie?

Last tea in Tea Room

Last tea in Tea Room

Last swing in park

Last swing in park

but i wouldn’t count lasagna as breakfast though, anyway, after some hot, breakfast we went to the house for our last day… and did nothing! (But read.)

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then we went to bed.

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Day 25

we started cleaning the house. well everyone else cleaned the house but the kids, we were quietly reading. then we helped and the work got done 99.9% quicker! (Snigger!!!) {: ( …………..(LYING!)  then, when we were finished, we hopped in the car and drove all the way to Dublin, yay!

Last swinging gate closing

Last swinging gate closing

Last post gate closure jump

Last post gate closure jump

Last look over front paddocks

Last look over front paddocks

Last look over back paddocks

Last look over back paddocks

it took a couple of hours but we finally got there. we unpacked the car and settled down in the hotel, it was nice but the beds were cheap ones with lots of springs. but it didn’t matter, too much… after that we went out to get pizza while mum and sister went out shopping for Dr. Martens. we found a good pizza shop and went in, when we saw the size of the pizzas we went berserk. they were massive! So we only got one slice which was the size of a normal pizza, 11″ for a pizza slice?

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Cousin Aphra at Trinity College!

Cousin Aphra at Trinity College!

Local loon at Trinity College!

Local loon at Trinity College!

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New Doc Martens!

New Doc Martens!

anyway, after that we went to dinner, there was a shop with a window looking over into the street which had some buskers playing some music so we sat, listened, and ate lasagna. again? and with so much cheese it made me feel sick. so we rushed home and went to bed.

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Finally, the little people!

Finally, the little people!

Guinness time!

Guinness time!

the end!

max’s blog – day 23

August 28th, 2014

day 23

we had a nice breakfast… (ditto like day 22!)  IMG_4197

it was really nice! then we left off after we packed up and back home along the “coastal causeway route.” it was really, well, up and down, this way that way, which made me really dizzy! but luckily we stopped off at a place called Dunluce castle, it was AWESOME!!!

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we had so much fun playing with our dad.

wrestle the ogre

wrestle the ogre

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the castle was also awesome though, it was massive so we bought some tickets, it was well worth buying them though, it was cool.

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then, when we left, we went to a place called, Murlough Bay. it was really fun, I ran all the way down a massive driveway thingy which went for ages, then we got to a car park place and went on two separate walks.

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it was fun and mum loved it, she said it reminded her of tazzie* (*Tasmania!)

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Aye, that's Scotland

Aye, that’s Scotland

after that we went off to have lunch at a place called Cushendun. it was nice, I had a sandwich and some minimum sized pancakes. not really, they were actually pretty big.

then we went to Belfast to see where the titanic was built, (And find a shirt like Tom’s, my mum’s cousin’s son, which says, “the Titanic, built by a Irishman, sunk by an Englishman!”) haha!

but our bad luck pounced in and it closed right when we got there! darn!

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finally we drove home, and finally touched down in bed after 4 hours drive and a stop at a petrol station for some junk food (at 11pm). then we went to bed.

the end!

max’s blog – day 22

August 28th, 2014

day 22

we had a nice breakfast. after that we went off to the Slieve League, a bunch of HUGE cliffs! they were awesome… there were the biggest winds I’ve ever seen in my life there.

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Totoro came too

Totoro came too

we were literally standing on a 45 degree angle! wow! windy!

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Greg and Anna were the only ones who actually went to the top because when we got to the top we sat in the car and played a game, but that doesn’t make us babies because we couldn’t climb a cliff, the reason was because it was pouring!

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we eventually went off to the next sight but we had to drive into another country! northern Ireland… it was fun! we went to a place called “the Giant’s Causeway!”

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it was fun but mum said she hated it because there were no trees. I liked it a bit but I have to agree with my mum! (No trees!!!)

we then went to Ballintoy harbour where Game of Thrones is filmed.

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evading (photo)capture

evading (photo)capture

well, anyway, after that we went off to Carrick-a-Rede, in it we went on a 1 kilometre walk.

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it was boring until we reached the bridge! it was so scary, like one of those creaky ones in the movies! it was a 20 metre long, a rope bridge.

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it was dangerous in the winds but still safe! after we got back we went off to get a b & b* to stay in. (* b & b, meaning breakfast in bed, like a hotel!) but, without luck, we wasted 4 HOURS, looking for a place to stay because they were all booked out! but we eventually found a well priced one with 2 rooms so we took it!

[Ed: At 11pm ... the Lodge Hotel. Hooray!]

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max’s blog – day 21

August 28th, 2014

day 21

I slept in, till after my brother. that’s a good way to measure it, but it also counts as a long time! I finally woke up and we got ready to leave on our trip! yay! first we drove to Boyle.

Maybe Max is right ... boring!

Maybe Max is right … boring!

then we got some lunch, after that Daisy got a photo taken with some old grannies to get put in their local newspaper!

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then we played at a festival and daisy got her face painted.

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also what we did was play a weird game thing called… actually I don’t know what its called! but it was a game where you get put in giant bubbles and bump other people! it was fun but some older teenagers dominated!

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Carnage!

Carnage!

after that we hopped back in the car and left off to a place called Carrowkeel. its like an old cemetery made out of rocks! its probably older than newgrange so nearly 5000 years old!!! at the start we couldn’t find it but a guy called Harry Bell, showed us the way by driving ahead of us!

Harry Bell

Harry Bell

Non descript

Non descript

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there was something called a roof box, its like the exact same thing as at newgrange, which lets the sun in on the summer solstice. its awesome!

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then finally we finished and went to a place called Donegal, but we had no place booked and a big GAA match had just finished, but we eventually found a place to stay, it was called the Atlantic hotel! yay! we went to bed after a nice dinner!

the end!

max’s blog – day 20

August 28th, 2014

Day 20

all I can say is, ditto! we did the exact same thing, (after we did our computer game time) we went on the walk again! yay. but, before we even did that we cleaned up the house!

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and then, yes, we went to Shannonharbour again for the food mostly but mostly to get a walk around before our car trip! (The next day…)

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when we got there we had our dinner and then went out to the playground a few more little kids came in with  nerf guns and lots of other stuff! (They were very energetic and liked to punch people and try to strangle them!)

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I didn’t! then we started to walk home, it became dark really quick! REALLY, quick! we were walking in the dark for nearly an hour!

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it got really boring but eventually we hit the car and drove home to bed!

max’s blog – day 19

August 23rd, 2014

day 19

All right! lets get this on! for starters, daisy had a test on her times tables… it went well! in fact, it went so well that she got 48 out of 48! yay! that means that she got her ears pierced! double yay!

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and that meant that she was out of the house for a while!!! triple yay! after that… MORE READING!!! reading, reading, reading! yep, once again the mad reader strike’s again! quadruple yay!!! (not!)

after that we went on a massive walk! it went for ages, about an hour and a bit! (not fun mind you!) but when we got there it got fun, the food was divine! we walked from Belmont to Shannonharbour along the grand canal, we walked all the way faster than a boat!

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so we were tired! very tired! which is why I ate half a 10” pizza and a lemonade with some chips! (Greedy guts me!) while we were having dinner mum and dad had a chat with the people in the boat because they went to the same pub!

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then there was the walk home.

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I got so tired because it was like 8:30! really late to go on a long walk. anyway, me and my brother were the first in the car so we listened to some music until the others came in who decided to turn it down really low! annoying! then we got home and went to bed after a nice brush of the teeth!

The end!

(P.S.) this is for Nick and Barbara. (my grandparents!)

1. you know daisy’s test of tables…

2. it is fun!

3. yes we are but the cat eats it!

4. I think I have?

5. daisy loves him so we feed him! (Not that you would like it!)

6. lastly, yes we have!

[Ed: 1. Her times tables.  If she passed the test she gets earrings. 2. What of Ireland? 3. Are you feeding the birds? 4. Have you seen Percy the pheasant ? 5.What happened to the stray black cat? 6. Have you visited Doon across the road yet???]

max’s blog – days 17 and 18

August 23rd, 2014

day 17 R E A D I N G ! ! ! all day. yep that’s right, lots and lots of reading, I finished the second hero’s of Olympus… I think that deserves a round of applause! yay! go max! Ah-Hu! yeah well, I deserved that.

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anyway, after about 4 o clock we went to a friends house for dinner, but it wasn’t all that easy… we had to walk for half an hour!!! it got boring but at least I had a brother to talk to! but it was alongside a canal and that made it alot better than alongside the road! that was helpful!( but still boring!)

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then we got to their house. it was a big house… BIG! we said hello and then had a chat with the natives… they were friendly. and they even let us watch the first bit of T.V. that we have ever watched in Ireland! yay. we watched Planes. it was OOOOOOOKKKKKKKKK but definitely not the best movie I’ve ever watched! we stayed there until 11 o clock and then left off for home! [Ed: we drove to Mullingar too that morning!] IMG_3050 day 18 it was a bit more exciting, if you count reading as exciting!!! yes we read for AGES!!! so a complete replay in fact. exept instead of going to a friend’s house for dinner, we went all out Indian in Athlone?

At 1200 year old bar!

At 1200 year old bar!

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and I guess that concludes my blog for today! the end!

penguino cuz!!!

August 23rd, 2014

smiggle_logo this is what the Smigggle people sent me involving penguino bro, after my dad emailed them:

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From : Greg Clerk (birkenhead@primus.com.au) Line Number: xxxxxx Message : Hi, my son adored the penguin eraser which came in the tenth birthday eraser pack, even talking it overseas with him to Ireland from Australia … which is where he lost it. I appreciate that it is no longer sold but have you any in stock, even of just the (blue) penguin? Or do you know where they might still be sold? The adventures of penguino-bro were being captured here, were you interested: http://bingbong.id.au/?p=3156“. Regards, Greg

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From: Product@smiggle.com.au [mailto:Product@smiggle.com.au] Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 2:11 AM To: birkenhead@primus.com.au Subject: Fw: Product Feedback Hi Greg, Thank you for the email. We loved seeing the adventures of penguino-bro and we are very sorry to see he went missing in Ireland somewhere. Unfortunately we have completely sold out of the penguin erasers and have none left in the business. We have searched high and low for a replacement blue penguino-bro for your son and but sadly they are long gone. But the good news is, we have found his black penguin cousin! As the penguin erasers are no longer for sale, we are happy to post him out your son free of charge. Upon reply please advise your postal address and we will post penguino-cuz out to your son. Thank you If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at product@smiggle.com.au

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hooray!

Bye Penguino-bro.

Bye Penguino-bro.