Vouchers have become very popular here in Ireland. You know the sort - pay a small amount to get the voucher and it entitles you to something special.
Mrs G bought a voucher for a night's stay in a nice hotel in the countryside, with dinner and breakfast, for something very reasonable, so we're heading off this afternoon, and will be home some time tomorrow. The Hotel is in Belleek, which is in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, but it is right on the border - the view out our window should be of the river, and it turns out the far side of the river is in the Republic. We're getting a free bottle of wine thrown into the deal because we agreed to go on a Friday instead of a Saturday.
So I'm off, and I'll talk to you all again some time on Saturday.
Oh that part of the world is lovely - Bellek is a charming village, and you're very near the sea, too. Have a great time!
That sounds wonderful. Have a good time, and remember would like to hear about it.
Enjoy! We may pass you somewhere along the way, we're going to Co. Offaly for the weekend
Have a great time!
I've probably missed you - so I hope you did have a good time, when you read this on your return.
The only thing I know about Belleek is the china, which is so delicate and remarkable. I don't own much of it, but what little I do, I treasure.
Now I've seen three spellings of the place. When Gnomon gets back, maybe we will learn which is the right one! Or are they all correct transliterations of the Irish name?
Oh dear, sorry - forget that. My mind is mush as I've been ill this week. Only two spellings.
I've tried looking on the map, but my connection has given up.
I mis=spelled (clumsy fingers). I think it's Belleek.
It is certainly Belleek. I don't know what it is in Irish. If it was 100m further south, I would, because it would be in the Republic, where all the signs are bilingual. On the other hand, the names in Irish are not always to be trusted.
Well I hope you both had a great time. If you want to share remember we'd love to see it in .
Belleek comes from the Irish Béal Leice meaning "mouth of the flagstones". Towns were often built at river mouths, such as Belfast (Béal Feirste, "mouth of the shoal") and Ballina (Béal an Átha, "mouth of the ford").
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