Friday, April 13, 2012

Our rented cottage

Isn't this a beautiful cottage! How lucky we are to be staying here.

Relaxing by the fire

Love the fireplace in our cottage, Michael and I have been accused of being firebugs! Oh it is so nice to sit, relax, sip our wine and mull over the days events.

Beehive huts, Dingle Peninsula

Most unusual beehive huts are frequently seen on the far west coast of the peninsula. I just love the Irish scenery, every skerrick of Ireland seems to have been occupied and farmed at some time or other. Something we are certainly not used to.

Gallerus Oratory, Ballydavid

The stone chapel has walls four feet thick and is certainly a marvel, built around 800AD it would have been the most superb craftsmanship of it's tme. We had to take shelter from a quick rainshower whle there.

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

A long drive from Ennistymon, County Clare, but so very scenic. Just look at the views from the road! And from the round stone fort on the hill at Ventry.

Museum of celtic artifacts

I discovered this owl for my friend, Mary.  Hope she likes it. And some celtic earrings for Evee!
Maybe Mat would like this necklace? All of course very old and precious.

Portal tomb

This tomb we found out on The Burren, County Clare. Archaeologists found 30 people buried there when they excavated the site. How on earth did the ancient peoples ever lift these stones?

Irish Traditional music in an Irish pub

Irish coffee and Guinness in an authentic village pub, and musicians who could play anything and make it sound like an Irish reel!  A "reel" family affair, we were all made to feel so welcome. Customers sang impromptu and so well! We were so amazed.

Sunshine is back

Abbey and church remains litter the landscape, along with stone fences. My granddaughter, Madeline, who loves and collects rocks, tells me Ireland is "rock heaven"!

Castle Cahir

Just to show the blue sky is still about in Ireland. Here it is over the Butlers' house in Tipperary.

Cahir Castle

Very exciting to go into a real castle. We were able to climb he tiny spiral stairs and explore the rooms once occupied by the Butler family a long long time ago. This is probably the best adventure so far.  .  a real castle where the "Tudors" was filmed.

Ruined Abbey

The view of Cashel Abbey as seen from the castle rock

Family at Cashel

You can see how cold it is by how rugged up we are! But no inclement weather can put a dampener on our holiday!

Rock of Cashel

What a magnificent sight this is! It is in ruins of course, but it is still obvious how beautiful this building was. High on a hill overlooking the countryside over which it held sway.

Dunguaire Castle

Along the road to anywhere we pass these great ruins and great picture opportunities. This is Dunguaire Castle, County Clare.

Galway, next stop

The weather holds out for us to enjoy the view of Galway from the Claddagh village.  We have never seen shopfronts or little streets like this! Fantastic experience for the girls.

Not too cold or wet to shop!

Bought a lovely warm Arran Cardigan, nice and snuggly and also looks good.

Arran Isles from the sea

Best photo I could take from the rocky boat

Back online!

It took a few days to set up internet connection. Due to user error. Anyway all better now. You and I will have to catch up.

Last time we spoke, we were off to the Arran Isles.  What an awful day weather wise.  The boat trip was so rough I thought we would be shipwrecked off the coast of Ireland like so many in history. Probably is a beautiful place, but all we saw was rain! All the colourful locals must have been hidden indoors watching tv and cosy warm! Too wet to even get the camera out.