Connecticut; invasion of the Leo-Priests

So this last week-end we went to Shay and Marta’s lovely home in Branford again. This time with Sarah and Ian and the boys; a veritable tsunami of Leonards and Priestmans hitting the Connecticut coast. This meant them giving up their own beds and their lads sharing rooms and that wine collection getting another hammering. Oh boy these Flavins must like us a lot (as we do them) or they are gluttons for punishment or saints.

We landed on Saturday early afternoon and collected a rental car which Shay had organised at a decent rate (they are insanely priced in Manhattan). After a tasty lunch from Marta we spent a welcome hour or so playing with the boys on the deck and in the garden. They loved it especially the guys’ dog Harry Kane…

Lots of fun climbing the big rocks in the garden…

Next a play in the car which the boys have missed so much this last 3 months…

Before we headed down to the shoreline at Stony Creek to have some fun in the late sun and sea…


Saturday night was alright for imbibing and it was good listening to Nicky tell us about his interest in craft beers (and sampling some!). Late night.

Sunday was an action day.  We headed back down to Stony Creek and this time we caught a boat trip around the Thimble islands names after the berry which used to grow there. They’re almost all privately-owned with some beautiful summer houses built on the larger ones (the friends we met previously have a family home on the largest of the islands).  It’s a fab little trip as you can hopefully see though one little fellah slept all through it…

It was enough to build a real appetite so we headed next to a cool BBQ restaurant and farm shop called The Stand, created out of an old garage.  I had a brilliant pulled pork sandwich and a yummy local beer. Here are a couple of shots of the place and a pair of new BFF…

Well after another fab week-end at the Flavins’ it was time to head home on the train, tired and rested if that doesn’t sound too Oirish…

Thanks once again guys from all of us

FBP et al





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