Like everyone, we’ve been having a blast out and about with the recent sunny weather, so if you’re stuck for ideas of stuff to do, from kayaking around Bray to finding your next podcast, take some inspiration from #TeamAlice!
Out and about: Eva headed along to see Radiohead during the week and she said it was absolutely “amaaaaazing”! As we’ve probably all experienced at some stage, it’s hard to build atmosphere at The 3 Arena, but she said they really did put on a terrific show.
Speaking of shows, John went to the NCAD Graduate Show on Friday which he said was fantastic. He was particularly taken with the fashion and sculpture exhibits.
Niamh was at home for the weekend and enjoyed multiple barbecue dinners! She took some time out to visit their new foals and enjoyed her mother’s elderflower cordial in prosecco. She made it from the elderflower that has been growing wild around the house. Yum!
Martina was feeling very adventurous and the highlight of her week a kayaking trip around Bray Head with Bray Adventures. They had a really knowledgeable, local guide, who was able to point out all the secrets of the coastline, including old smugglers’ caves, bird colonies, very exclusive beaches and bathing areas that existed in the past and that have now been reclaimed by nature, the site where a train derailed and nearly came into the sea in the 1800s, and, of course, the local celebrities’ houses!
Elaine too ventured to Bray and enjoyed the funfair and some ice-cream and the beach. It really is a lovely spot on a sunny day! Much of the rest of the week was spent battling the crowds for a spot on her local beach. Long may it continue!
Team Alice were also very active in the office this week, partaking in a spot of pilates with the lovely Gráinne from Grá for Fitness. Much fun was had and we’re all feeling super-fabulous and toned now. 😉
On the plate: After all the art and culture at NCAD, John went for dinner to Caffe Amore on Georges Street which he said was delicious, and then enjoyed some espresso martinis in the sun at Pyg. He also went to a bottomless brunch at Platform 61 on South William St followed by a barbecue, and topped it all off with a night of dancing to kick off some pre-Pride shenanigans. (Pride runs from 16-24th June with the parade on tomorrow).
And to continue with the home-baking theme of recent weeks, John made his very first homemade lasagne which went down a treat – it may even become a weekly staple.
We’ve all been enjoying a bit of al fresco dining this past week and after celebrating her birthday, Emily headed down home to enjoy a special birthday dinner in the sun. Brigid did not disappoint – roast duck with orange sauce and roast vegetables for dinner, followed by strawberry and raspberry pavlova and the pièce de résistance: chocolate cake smothered in dark chocolate ganache.
Martina also took in a bit of al fresco dining too after her kayaking session and enjoyed a yummy lunch (really tasty prawn tacos and fish and chips) in the beer garden of The Harbour Bar. She’d never been to it before (it was voted the world’s best pub in the past!), so was interested to see it. She loved the old-school Irish pub feel; apparently it’s like you’re in someone’s house from the 1950s with lots of kitsch décor!
Father’s Day was celebrated the length and breadth of the country – Elaine and co treated Jim to breakfast in the garden complete with a fry, croissants and fresh fruit while Emily went for lunch in Mitchel House with her dad and family. Mitchel House is a lovely casual, local restaurant in Thurles and she enjoyed prawn tempura.
In celebration of our new interns Madison and Makenzie joining us, we went out for a lovely #TeamAlice lunch to The Woollen Mills where we all enjoyed some gorgeous salads and sambos outside. Felt like we were on holidays!
On the screen:
On TV: John has latched one leg onto the ‘Love Island’ bandwagon to join Emily and Niamh and while he’s not entirely convinced it’s for him, he’s willing to give it another shot. Watch this space!
Elaine tuned into ‘Too Old for the Road?’ on RTE one on Monday and found it to be heart-warming, hopeful, dignified and touching. It’s a series made by Areaman Productions documenting five elderly Irish people’s relationship with driving and their reliance on it as a means to stay connected with friends and family and society. It’s well worth checking out on the Player.
Online: From the old to the very young, this lovely ad from CBeebies was published during the week and it too gives that warm, fuzzy feeling. It advocates positive childhoods by celebrating tolerance, cultural richness, inclusiveness and kindness. A welcome message.
On the page: Eva finished reading ‘The Beginning of Spring’ this week and absolutely loved it! It’s so well written and portrays many aspects of Russian culture – a real treat! She was amazed to find out that the author, Penelope Fitzgerald, only started her writing career at the age of fifty-eight. There’s hope for us yet!
In the headphones: This week Eva listened to Radiolab’s latest podcast about the first female Venetian Gondolier. Not only did Alex smash a 900 year old glass ceiling, but later in life also transitioned. The podcast hosts really do justice to this unpredictable story. For the week that’s in it, she definitely recommends giving it a listen!
Looking forward to…
The beach. We’re hitting the sand this weekend – all are welcome in Brittas…there’s (almost) room for everyone!
The Dublin Pride Parade. The parade will be taking place tomorrow, beginning at 2pm and culminating in a party at the parade endpoint in Smithfield Square. More info at http://dublinpride.ie/.
That’s it for ‘What Tickled Alice’ this week – please let us know what you have been up to and if you’ve any recommendations. We’d love to hear from you!
Have a great weekend. From all at Team Alice!