This has been a very busy spring, and since I returned from Ireland about a week ago, I haven't had much time to breathe. Edits for Wildcat arrived on Friday, and I've been either working on them or at the hospital ever since.
We arrived in Ireland on Mother's Day and had lunch at Durty Nelly's.
Visited Bunratty Castle which was right next door.
Strolled through the Folk park.
Crossed the drawbridge.
Climbed to the very top turret to enjoy the view.
Then we drove on through County Kerry to the Sneem Hotel where we stayed, snapping pictures along the way.
On Monday, we sampled Irish moonshine at Molly Gallivan's near Druids View, where I also bought this wonderful Irish sweater.
And then took a boat ride to Garnish Island to explore the gardens there.
Ireland is a fabulous place where rhododendrons and fuchsias grow like weeds.
Where you might stumble across a stone temple...
...with an incredible view.
Where the sky and the water are both blue...
and even the sheep go to church.
On Tuesday, we took a drive through the Black Valley
And visited the beehive huts.
Then it was on to the Slea Head drive to see the sights.
On Wednesday, I went for a ride on Derrynane Beach,
stopped off to enjoy another amazing view of the bay,
and climbed the walls at Staigue Fort.
We started Thursday with a full Irish breakfast, and I ate it all, including the black pudding.
Visited Cahergall Stone fort.
Drove up to the peak on Valentia Island to see the view.
Then walked around to the other side to see the Fogher Cliffs.
We stopped off at an ancient priory,
and hung out with Charlie Chaplin in Waterville.
On Friday, we visited Blarney Castle,
took a walk around the grounds...
before climbing the spiral stairs to kiss the Blarney Stone.
We strolled through the park to Blarney House,
and then went on to the Jameson Distillery in Midleton,
where I was trained as an official whiskey taster!
Saturday, we took the day off from touring to spend a quiet day in Sneem, exploring the town and climbing over the rocks in the Sneem River.
Took a walk down to Golden's Cove for the view of the lovely Sneem Hotel.
And said goodbye to Ireland on Sunday.
It's good to be home again, but I'd go back in a heartbeat. *sigh* Now it's back to work on those edits!