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Snow day – Thursday

Folks, we gave no idea what the weather is going to bring in the next few days. But Thursday seems to be look like it might be a difficult day. We will definitely be open today, but not so sure about tomorrow. Rarely does snow remain for long here, but with temperatures the way they are, it isn’t going to melt quickly!

I wrote this before setting off for work, and today I barely made it to the main Cavan – Bailieborough road. For tomorrow, yes, I could park on the main road and walk in the lane to the house, but given that all that remains booked and un-cancelled are two Driving Sight Tests, I do not think that the risk of damage to the car, or to me – a broken limb?? is worth the risk to stay on until 8.30 pm, when the weather is expected to be at its worst.

If anyone knows of someone who has a driving sight test booked with us tomorrow, would you please let them know? We should have taken contact details, but we omitted to do that – I think they were booked before we had heard of the “Beast from the East”, or Storm Emma.

B. Conlon and S. Rooney – If you see this, we need to reschedule!

I don’t like mentioning names, but I guess that they could deny if it was them, should they wish to? If you know a B or an S who might be looking to have a driving sight test with us, would you share this post, or let them know to look at it?

At this point, I don’t even know if we will be here on Friday – as an employer, I made the decision to tell Sandra not to attempt to travel tomorrow. She reckoned that (as she lives near me) I could give her a lift – I am happy to drive in snow and in previous snowy weather I have picked her up, but this time, I don’t want to take the chance – I don’t mind / quite like  snow and am happy to accept that I might mess up, which is fine for me, but not with someone else in the car… It is different if I know the snow will likely be gone by home time, but this time, it could be very bad going home?

It is hard to know what to do! Safety first has to be the way to go – we don’t get weather like this very often after all.

I will try to be here on Friday and I will give Thursday a go myself, but I think I may not make it in?

Please let any B or S you know about this post, thanks,





Our new secure https:// website

Folks, clients, customers, friends and any other visitors?

Google wants all websites to be served through a https:// connection, rather than an http://

https:// is a secure connection, which means that no-one can intercept the site you should see, and modify it to a different site. They could change adverts, (we don’t have any), or change links- why would they bother? Why exactly, but they do try – but, would you believe that this lowly site has rejected 359!! attacks on this site alone, this MONTH, so today! Websites are commodities to be stolen, and re-purposed!

This site was once hacked to host a fake French banking site, for an hour or so, 5 years ago. I had the issue fixed 2 minutes after Google advised me, – after all they told me the exact issue and I was already looking for the problem before Google was in touch, but the old host, took the site offline anyway, and on a Sunday, it took a few hours to come back. Not much fun using a very poor 3G connection on a caravan site in Connemara!

“Mega” site protection has been added since them, thus I know about the 359 failed attacks today!

We have moved to a new host, with (I hope) better customer support. Actually I KNOW the customer support is better! I am sad to have moved away from my host of 13 years, but, how many times can you accept being let down?

But still, for “your” protection, this site should now serve all of it’s content by secure https://

Google wants it, so it has to be…

Checking a website is difficult – it needs to be checked in every browser ever available, in every version – this is just not possible – often only the latest browser versions are available to download after all! If anyone sees any issues, please let us know.

However, if you are using Internet Explorer on Windows XP, please don’t – everything you are using is just way too out of date unfortunately. Our site will throw you errors, but they are not errors so much on out part, but your operating system -it was released on August 24th 2001. Microsoft stopped support and updates on April 8th 2014. IE 10 on Windows XP cannot deal with the version of the Certificate we are using, due to our using a shared server hosting plan.

It is 2018 now by the way!

Still it is our fault, for being cheap, but a “proper” certificate will cost a couple of too many hundred euro, and this works for everything apart from very old browsers, on very old operating systems.

But apart from XP IE users, please let us know!


Domain Changes, and DNS?

Due to issues with a domain and DNS  hosting change, we might have issues with out emails for 24 or so hours.

At the moment, anything going to is arriving, but the and are not, and apparently, so far, neither is the

DNS changes take time to propagate, so hopefully things will sort themselves out, without too much effort on my part, but if you get a bounced email, use the address and it will work….. Hopefully.

If these issues are not fixed by 1.00pm tomorrow, it will be a “fun day”. But meantime, use please!


If you need to contact us, just give us a call on 042 9694456. Telephones almost always work, unless Vodafone upgrades the line and removes the service. But that was a long time ago now! Oh how I can hold a grudge!




Self Employed and PRSI

We are still getting lots of folks in looking for an eye test, privately, who are not aware that they may be able to use their PRSI contributions.

Mostly these are the self employed who are used to getting nothing, but this has changed now – even the self employed, and their dependant spouses may now be entitled to “Free” Eye Examinations, if you, or they are paying the necessary Class “S” stamp. You don’t need to know, or ask the accountant – we can check with your date of birth and PPSN number, with your consent…. Well if is YOU who is paying it – dependent spouses will need to send off a form, as they require their partner’s consent to seek eligibility. That is Data Protection gone slightly mad for you?

It takes a moment or two to check eligibility, but the number of folks we have had who were surprised that they were qualified – “No I won’t get that” – “Let us try”, and then it does qualify… You have nothing to lose in trying it! And no thanks for not using it…

We would charge more for a private eye test than the government pays us – it really would be in our interest to not try to save you money. But regular eye tests are important. If you qualify for Optical benefit, the eye test is funded, and you will also get a contribution towards specs, should you need or want them – distance and reading if required, or bifocals / varifocals if preferred.

But only once every second calendar year.

Today we also had a lady who was working, but also recently had a medical card, but that was under review, and she had heard nothing. We tried her PRSI, and it qualified, so as far as Optical benefit goes, PRSI gives the same entitlement, and authorisation in less than 60 seconds in her case – why send a form to the HSE and wait weeks, unless you have to?

I am sure the medical card will be useful to her, if she is re approved, but at the opticians, not so much any more.

Everyone, spectacles wearers or not, should get their eyes checked every 2 years. Eye tests are especially important for the over 40’s, and particularly those with Glaucoma in the family, but is true for everyone.

Call us or call in for more information!


I might be late to work tomorrow?

It is looking like it may be a slight “snow day” tomorrow?

Vicky and I were down in Beaumont hospital today and the roads were fairly white at the end of the dual carriageway to Virginia. That was at 6.00pm, but it has snowed a fair bit more in Killinkere? Traffic from the N3 to Bailieborough is very slow at the moment, but it is “early days”….

Just an FYI – If you intend to call to us tomorrow, please don’t call in at 10.00 am. It may, or may not cause me to be later than normal. If the snow is that bad – if I cannot get out of our lane, I’ll update in the morning. If that is the case I will also let you know when I do get there!

I’m on my own on Wednesdays, but as Sandra lives close by, on a bad day that is of little relevance to getting to work – if I can’t get there, neither will she.

Just in case……?

The forecast doesn’t seem too bad, but forecasting is predicting the future, which is difficult.

I will update if there are any problems – need some winter tyres!

I’ll update if there are issues….

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