Friday, September 7, 2012

5 Years Gone And Giveaway Time....Almost

Five Years Ago Today

Time goes by in the blink of an eye.  On this day, five years ago, we were in Dublin to celebrate the wedding of Gar's younger brother Niall and Caragh, our current visitors.  And I do mean celebrate. Have you ever been to an Irish wedding? A real Irish wedding? They go on, and on, and on.  We started in the morning and we ended in the morning.  It was one fabulous time.

Gar, Niall and I remembered to put the Infant of Prague out for good weather. He worked his magic.

It was a bit cloudy as the bride stepped out of the limo but that all changed.

Don't you just love a wedding? The happiness? The love?


Gar was the best man. He cleaned up nice.

He doesn't like this picture because his coat is askew.  Ah well.

Like I said before, nobody was happy. Not at all.

The Brothers Bates.

Then we danced and sang.




First to the dance band. Then to the traditional band.

We even danced in our pajamas.

It was one helluva wedding.

I don't know why I look so scared in this picture.

Happy Annivesary Caragh and Niall.

We love you guys.

Wishing you many happy returns of the day.

The Giveaway Is Coming


Just so you know, in case you were wondering, this is just a tease.

Be sure to be here next week for the official start.

Are We There Yet?

The Bates of Lucan aren't our only visitors.  Bonnie from {PaperKeeper} also swung in on her coast to coast trip.  OK, it's was a virtual visit. It was fun just the same. You can read about our visit here.

Freeform Friday

This is for you Caragh and Niall.

Here's a little clip of the girls dancing. Sorry it's dark.

I think of your wedding day everytime I hear this song.  Click here if you're reading by email.

Happy Friday,


  1. What a beautiful anniversary tribute! What a happy, happy wedding!

    1. oh it was. and because Gar was the best man we were treated like a king and queen. the room we had at Kilashee House Hotel was as big as our own little cottage. Seriously. It was crazy big. With a four poster canopy bed.

      Wish we could do that wedding all over again.

  2. 500 Miles by the Proclaimers is one of MY FAVORITE SONGS of all' the 'our song' among two of my college friends and I...I almost used it on my road I was so glad to see it here! Thanks! Lovely visit...enjoyed every minute with you! :)

    1. we all held hands in a big circle around caragh and niall for the last dance with the dance band. i just love that song. it makes me happy. and how appropriate for today at the end of your 500 mile roadtrip.

      thanks for stopping by the Bates Estate and I got the surprise by the pool. I'll have to take a picture. ;)

    2. oh good! It has magnets - in case you didn't know and I forgot to put that in a note.
      I love the image of all of you in a circle for that song...perfect!!

  3. Congrats to them!! There is nothing quite like an Irish wedding, I would attend them more often for sure =) Xo, Ashley

    1. Hello there miss, hope you're on the mend. Oh boy was it a ton of fun!!!!

  4. I love a good wedding! I'm particularly loving the dancing in pajamas! It should be compulsory I think! Gorgeous picture of you Mrs Muse x


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