September 20, 2020 2 min read

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Well, 2020 has been quite the year for all of us, but here we are in September, still standing! (I injured my knee last month, so I’m not just referring to the business!)

Over the 30 plus years we’ve been in business, one of the best things about my job has been meeting people, especially in the workshop; some who might have found us purely by chance, and have been coming back over the years. This year has been strange (to put it mildly!); we’ve really missed catching up with our regulars, many of whom come from overseas. We have, however, had the pleasure of meeting new visitors, and re-connecting with others who have returned to Dingle for the first time in years, so every cloud does have a silver lining. We know that many people are apprehensive about visiting a ‘Bricks and Mortar’ shop these days, so we thank all of you who have done so, and hope you found the experience as enjoyable as ‘normal’.

I’m a bit old school, so I’ve always left the online store to play second fiddle to the workshop. As this year unfolded, it became apparent it was time to give it not only more attention, but more appreciation. When we were in full lockdown, it was our saving grace – so huge thanks to all of you who supported us with your online orders.

From hereon, I’m committed to bringing the workshop ’experience’, and the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, to our online presence. We’ll be more consistent with our social media, and will be keeping you updated with more newsletters and blog posts!

It's been a beautiful weekend here on the Dingle Peninsula, blue skies and sunshine all the way, and we had the good fortune to have planned a rare get together with the whole family.  So of course I put all my children to work!

Friday is a half day in school for my youngest three. So after lunch (Bácús cinnamon buns!!), we all dressed up and went to the beach-much to the amusement of the neighbours walking their dogs. Just a little over dressed for a sunny September day. We were hot and bothered and the tide was coming in (oops, should have checked that), so after a few near misses with rolling waves, and mad dashes to protect the products, we ditched the beach and went location scouting up the hill. 

At our new location we decided to divide and conquer- the boys went under the bridge and the girls up to the cottage, with the cows, meeting back on the bridge for a final group photo. Bit risky for the iPhone balanced on the opposite side of the bridge- which of course  ended up at the bottom. Luckily we didn't have to test it's waterproofness as it missed the water and landed face down on the stony bank. It survived without a scratch and I was sent off to buy ice creams for all my overheated models (We do eat proper food sometimes!).

Slán tamall, 


Holden family

Conor Holden
Conor Holden

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