Thursday, 9 October 2014 1:39 pm We have been to “a lovely Party!” *   Well it’s time I pulled the finger out and just got on with it! Find yourself a magnum of wine and start reading, (after this week 1500ml magnums are the new 750ml bottle). When last I wrote we were departing […]

Friday, 17 October 2014 11:47 pm A novel in several parts, but it’s ‘the end’!   Well, the party is well and truly over! We are sitting at the American Airlines Club at Charles de Gaulle awaiting our first flight to London, and then the big trek down under to Oz. Apart from a small […]

I could say some people are just slow learners; however in this case, it’s a group of highly inquisitive and motivated cooks who love to set me a lot of challenges. They started out as guests over twenty-two years ago and then added the cooking school option a few years later. In the early years […]

Over the 27 years that we have run Thorn Park in both of its incarnations (by the vines and Country House), we have obviously met many, many guests. This weekend’s group was our serious ‘wino’s’. They have decamped in Clare every winter for the past twenty five years and set David on a mission to […]

A note on my travelogues When Michael and I travel overseas, I have been in the habit of writing emails to our friends. These seem to have taken on a life of their own as ‘friends of friends’ ask to be added to the mailing list. I then get emails from people who I have […]

New York, New York! Tuesday, 15 October 2013 2:32 pm Dear all, For the first time ever, I’m not sure I’m up to writing travelogues! They say New York never sleeps and we now understand why….. Well, we love it, could move here in an eye blink, just need a sugar daddy to fund it. […]

conquering New York Saturday, 19 October 2013 3:47 pm I think New York might be conquering us, for we aged boys have little hope if conquering it! I now have a morning routine of getting up early and pounding the pavements around Chelsea and West Village, it seems I can’t wean myself from the high […]

a luncheon to remember Sunday, 20 October 2013 3:19 pm The very much-delayed report on Lunch at Eleven Madison Park ….as ever, I’m running behind in fully reporting on our travels and eating habits. However I issue a health warning, if you’re not into food, perhaps move on now! But for the rest of you […]

conquering Norma who conquered New York Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:02 am The saga continues…. Well, I ran out of puff before I could get to Norma, it’s an opera, by Bellini, so it’s very dramatic and like all opera’s ends in tears. Its all about a Roman Consul to Gaul (France) who was in […]

plodding along on the pushbike honey…….. Sunday, 27 October 2013 3:39 am No, we have given up bikes, well for the time being, his bruises have almost gone. We left you with a hint of our trip to The Frick, it’s been fricking difficult to say the least, our guide book has let us down […]