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August 5, 2012

Monday, August 6,  2012 is our wedding anniversary so before I add my Ireland blog, in special recognition to my partner in every way, I wanted to share what is written in my book with one exception. Monday marks our twenty fourth  (24th) Anniversary.  I love you dearly!

Claddaugh Ring






My husband is the love of my life. He has been my partner for more than twenty years so with that said, I want you to meet the man that in some ways is my co-author.  We travel most journeys together and this one was no different.  While I wrote my book, he put up with all the “stuff” a writers spouse or partner would, by simply being ignored for hours or days in between as our minds are working faster than our fingers.  It is then, the partners in your life step up and put you back together!  So, how could you not call them your co-writer!  As in a co-pilot, they are as important.

This book or writing a book has been my dream not his, yet he supports my efforts and applauds my persistence to finish.

Now that my first book has been published, I am sure he must be wishing he could go back to work! Retirement is one word he wishes I could remember the meaning of as now in addition to the “Honey-Do’s” (which he writes for himself) now he blogs, edits and has become ignored again as I write my next book, plan our next trip to Ireland and write or answer hundreds of e-mails each day!  For all your future blogs and edits, I thank you for your unending patience.

Dear, you are my partner in every way.  Thank you for all that you are.  I love you Dearly and certainly give you credit for being my co-author!

Above all, I dedicate this book and every book I write to you.


Dublin Ireland

Seems only right to start at the beginning where our Extraordinary memories begin as we celebrate our anniversary early all through Ireland for three weeks!

The crisp fresh air was a bit chilly with dew still on the ground but the sun was shining when we arrived at the Fitzwilliam Hotel-St. Stephen’s Green.

We were greeted  with an alert and  compassionate hotel staff that accommodated us very quickly.   It was a treat to feel so welcome after a long flight, as though we had never left home!


Check out our room!  This was certainly a welcome site after flying sixteen (16) hours!   We wanted to catch a two hour rest before our meeting with the head of the hotel Public Relations/Sales Director, we had set up prior to arrival.  And then on to Guinness Storehouse for a tour at noon.

Hotel Room

RosemaryAdkins and Bronagh Kelleher

She, Bronagh Kelleher was so gracious to agree to a meeting without ever knowing why we ask for this meeting. Of course, we wanted to get her ideas of where to visit but mostly for details about the Fitzwilliam Hotel so we could share it with you. Also, we wanted to negotiate a special offer for your visit there, exclusive to my book.

The hotel was decorated in quiet tranquil color decors.  Our hallway, as the others were painted a two tone grey with luscious burgundy colored carpets with an edging of white script lettering using the letter “F” for Fitzwilliam on the border in white.  The doors themselves were a heavy dark wood unlike so many hotels that offer white cold steel doors giving you a chill as you enter the rooms.   These hallways were most pleasing to the eyes and set the mood to relax when arriving at your room.

The decor was extremely tasteful and restful in every corridor, room and lobby of this fabulous hotel.

This Five Star Hotel certainly earns its rating in every way.  Oh, don’t worry about arriving early in the morning tired and needing a place to relax-The Fitzwilliam Hotel offers a feature we have never before seen.  They offer you a dayroom to clean  up in and rest until your room is ready!  How easy is that?  No extra charge for that luxury either.

Now back to the experience of a lifetime!  We had a complimentary tray of fruit that came (at a perfect time I might add) and most important- our room was ready at 7 AM.  Have you ever tried to check in that early anywhere?  Most all locations in our past, you have had to wait to check in later.  Much later!!  In this hotel, they believe that the guest arriving are tired and need a place to rest and clean up, so they have a room available that you can use just for that purpose if your room is not yet ready to occupy!

Want even more luxury-be sure to check out their Penthouse-never could you imagine being so spoiled!

The head Concierge, Robert Devine and his staff will assist your every need. Upon returning to this amazing room, your room was not just cleaned but tidied up so everything was neat and orderly for your enjoyment.

Be sure to say hello to Bronagh and Robert if you get there before we do!

There is so much to tell you about this Hotel, but I can’t give it all away so be sure to pick up my book for those special offers exclusive to the book from this hotel and read about all the many more attractions this location has waiting for you.

We had truly found ourselves the place to be in Dublin where a five star hotel did not mean stuffy and pretentious but polite, buzzing with activity, friendly and exquisite all in one!


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Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins


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  1. Beautiful dedication, pictures, and description of your arrival. I just want to go more and more with each post. Congratulations on your anniversary!

    • HI Linneann and Paul!
      My heart goes out to you both. Thank you for taking time to visit. Just keep those bags packed! I would love for us to gathered a large group and take in more Ireland.


  2. lionelsnod permalink

    Wonderful post! I have wanted to go to Ireland for years (maybe next year will be the year), so I really enjoyed this.
    Paul R. Hewlett

    • Thanks Paul for the commment. I will keep everyone up to date about touring Ireland 2013 for those that want to join us.
      Please stop by again.
      Rosemary “Mamie” Adkins

  3. Happy Anniversary dear friend to both you and Doug. May you enjoy many many more. But don’t be doing any of that stuff in my book! You are such a dynamic woman I know you will have incredible success with this book and all that you do. All the best, Mary Firmin,author Deadly Pleasures.

    • Hi Mary,
      Thanks for stopping by again. Our anniversary went off today with reflection of the past and hopes of the future. I am working as hard as I can find the hours to do so to finish my new book. Will keep you posted.

  4. What a great tribute to your husband and what gorgeous photos–I can hardly wait to see your book!

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