> Wow ... that seems surprising! ... I would have expected > colder weather. All the locals kept muttering "stupid windy cold weather!" To a person, they talked about what a lousy winter it was, and that it was usually warmer, drier, and less windy. So much for the common US perception of Irish winters, eh? > Soooooo ... What's the verdict? ... Everyone still psyched for the > "émigré ere Eire" project? ... or should I start thawing more steaks > for the stop-by on your way back to NoCal? Moving as soon as it makes sense, really we are. Saw a totally cool TV spot about a couple (both with doctorates in philosophy or something) making a comfortable living selling their home-made cheese from their small farm. I kept getting the feeling that a moderately determined 'back to nature' type could live a fairly simple life without the hassle it would be here in California. We're pretty simple folk, and raising my own food for the most part, fixing my own stuff, doing for me and mine, is a really appealing and totally feasible idea. Yeah, ya gotta have money for petrol and CDs and stuff, but I also have a pretty good shot at living part time in Cali on my real estate earnings, and spending the rest of the year in Eire. Dunno. But, one way or another, we'll be living there as soon as we can, if for no reason but the fact that we both cried when we left . . .