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9th February 2024

Plus 9 and raining when driving in...

That was a very wet and miserable day yesterday, and overnight to boot. I found a staggering 40mm of water in my rain gauge this morning.. A record?

There were lakes where yesterday there were puddles...

The mood is wet and it was not helped by watching The Zone Of Interest last night.. Very sombre and stark watching and certainly not a family viewing film..Having said that I am glad I saw it.

12 months ago I left hospital with a new knee and today I have a check up and X-ray to see if it has held?

I have to say that I feel great and I probably will not know if the op has been a success until I spend a whole day standing at the sales.. That is when I knew that it needed sorting .. 18 months after making that call I have not been to a whole day sale.. that will come this summer..

Too much went wrong after my operation and last year was a shocker, but at least time heals and as they say I am now fighting fit.. with in reason of course. Certainly not up to facing Archie in the nets..

Bobhopeornohope does not runs today at Kempton.. The ground will be very soft/heavy.. Not often Barney Clifford send out distress signals the day before the weather hits his racecourse… Anyway it has passed it's 

Le Cameleon, Willow and Amazing Cleni had an away day..

We had our usual Friday vet visit..

Mrs. Donovan was walking down O’Connell Street in Dublin when she met up with Father Flaherty.

The Father said, ‘Top o’ the mornin’ To ye! Aren’t ye Mrs. Donovan and didn’t I marry ye and yer Hoosband two years ago?’
She replied, ‘Aye, that ye did, Father.’
The Father asked, ‘And be there any wee little ones yet?’
She replied, ‘No, not yet, Father.’
The Father said, ‘Well now, I’m going to Rome next week and I’ll light a fertility candle for ye and yer hoosband.’
She replied, ‘Oh, thank ye, Father…’ They then parted ways..
Some years later they met again.
The Father asked, ‘Well now, Mrs. Donovan, how are ye these days?’
She replied, ‘Oh, very well, Father!’
The Father asked, ‘And tell me , Have ye any wee ones yet?’
She replied, ‘Oh yes, Father! Two sets of twins and six singles, Ten in all!’
The Father said, ‘That’s wonderful! and how is yer loving hoosband doing?’
She replied, ‘E’s gone to Rome to blow out yer fookin’ candle!!!....