Friday, September 19, 2014

Ireland #5 On to Dingle.

On to Dingle!
When we left Adare we headed to 
The Dingle Peninsula
Our first stop was a harbor in Fahamore.
This was a small harbor where we took the
time to take a few pictures and take in the views.

Roxie and Ed checking out the view.

Dave, in his element.

Sometimes it's hard to understand the immensity of a view.
Here is a little idea of that, this shows a couple of the
"Celtic Adventurers"
(that's what we named our little group)
out on the rocks.

Then we were on our way and 
you never know what you will find along side the road.
We had to stop when we saw this guy along the way.

He was in front of a pub called Ned Natterjack's

This pub has some pretty cool signs
and windows.

We turned into the parking lot at the side and found these windows
looking into a court yard of sorts.

The pub was closed for some renovations,
but apparently when it's open this 
area is used for food service.
The owner was in the back doing some work
and when Dave talked to him and explained that
hopefully he will be leading more tours in Ireland,
he offered to take Dave inside to see the pub.
This is so typical of the people in Ireland.
I feel that they are the friendliest people anywhere!
Just one of the reasons I love Ireland.

Back on the road and we made the 
big find of the day.
We happened to see a sign for 
Fermoyle Beach
so we thought we'd check it out.
We parked the car and walked down this road.
On either side there were fields with cows,
nothing much to see, but when we got around that bend and 
onto the beach,
It was beautiful!
The tide was out and the beach went on for miles.

Roxie immediately made a dash for the water.
That's her way out there in the center of this picture.
The ripples in the sand were amazing.
And looking down the beach at the mountains 
was incredible.
When you think of Ireland, you probably don't think
of beaches, but they have some of the most beautiful
beaches I've ever seen.
It actually makes a lot of sense that they would have 
beaches, doesn't it?  After all Ireland is an island.
There will be more about beaches in future posts.
After walking out a ways there was still quite a long ways to the
actual surf, there was a wide expanse that had 
 shallow water.  Shallow enough to walk on with shoes and not get
anything but the soles wet.
That's when I noticed the reflections
The sky, the clouds, the mountains,
all reflected in that water on the beach.
The reflections were gorgeous!
Here's my handsome hubby, happy to be on a beach in Ireland!
So happy to be here together.
Dave gets to work, shooting pictures.
I love this with the reflection of the mountains, clouds and sky
and the ripples in the sand in the foreground.
Just beautiful!
Roxie and Ed
And up near the fields well away from the water.
This is where I started collecting rocks.
When we traveled with our kids
we used to collect rocks to bring home to a friend from our church.
He collected rocks from all over the world.
Some of the rocks we collected for ourselves,
they now "live" in a little rock garden in our yard.
I decided that I should bring home some Irish rocks 
from some of my favorite places.
Would have loved to bring home the one Roxie and Ed are sitting
on, but alas, it would never have fit into my suitcase.
I wish I had thought to take pictures of my rocks in their original
homes, but I didn't, so we'll have to deal with them taken in 
their new homes.
Here is the one I brought from Fermoyle Beach.
I loved the striations in it and the pinkish color.
It will look great in our garden.

I think that's enough for today.
Next post Conor Pass.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ireland #4 Bunratty

Today I'm going to tell you about Bunratty.
We've been to Ireland 3 times and each time we have gone here.
When you arrive the first thing you see is Durty Nelly's
Here is a link to 
The Story of Durty Nelly.
Durty Nelly is quite a legend in the area and so is the Pub.
We haven't eaten here, but we sure have taken our share of pictures
of this adorable pub.
It is a very popular place to eat as well as take pictures.
When we were there, it was just too crowded to get seating for 6 of us.
Here are a few of my pictures:

The Bunratty Folk Park is wonderful.
Filled with fabulous examples of life at Bunratty
there is a lot to learn and wonderful pictures to be taken.
I don't have pictures of the castle itself, don't know why I didn't take
them.  They don't allow pictures to be taken in most parts of the inside
of the castle.  Since the tapestries are hundreds of years old they don't allow flash photos
at all.  I do have some that I will post at another time from 
our last night in Ireland when we returned to the castle.
But for now, here is a little bit of it and the folk park.

I just thought this big old lock was cool.

These are outside the "front door" of the castle

Thatched roofs, were commonly used and are still on 
some buildings today.
More about that in another post.
I don't have a clue what these pieces of machinery are,
but they are interesting.
Ed and I were discussing this "tool"
we think it has to do with breaking up feed, but that is 
just our guess.  I've tried to look it up online, and just found that
we were right.
It's pretty nasty looking inside though.
There is a kind of tube with "spikes" all around it,
whatever goes in the top of this thing
is going to come out the bottom pretty well broken up.
Cakes were made from the pulp that was left after 
oil was removed from the seed.
These cakes were used as animal feed, but needed to be broken
up before given to the animals.
The cakes were fed through this machine to break them up.
I can imagine there were plenty of injuries from this machine 
back in the day.

Here is a picture looking out from the top of the castle.
I'm not a big fan of heights
(read that as scared to death)
but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet 
and go with the flow. 
So I was up at the top of the castle and it's a beautiful
view.  And it really isn't too bad, as it's not wide open up there

Here I am with Dave up at the top of 
Bunratty Castle.

Here is one of the stone buildings on the grounds.
As in most areas of Ireland the windows are beautiful.
There are very often flower boxes and/or pots and other vessels 
containing plants and flowers, creating beauty and interest.

This is a post office.  
You still see mailboxes like these around Ireland.

And there were the animals.
Isn't this pig just the cutest?

There were several of these deer or elk,
(you can see I'm not very knowledgeable about animals)
This guy was the leader of the pack and was proving it
with those antlers, sparing with another one and moving those
branches around with them.

And of course there were some roosters.

This is a view from the gardens behind
the  Bunratty House.
The gardens were built in 1804
and are fairly small for a walled garden,
1/2 acre.
The family that had resided in the castle moved to 
Bunratty House in 1804
which was much more comfortable than living in 
the castle itself.
The castle then fell into disrepair until it was restored in 1954.
Can you imagine having a garden with this
view?  It was absolutely gorgeous.
Here are some pictures from the garden.
these are my
Flowers of the Day

Compared to some of the gardens that we have seen
throughout the country, this one isn't particularly well kept,
but there were some lovely flowers and the view was spectacular.

Thanks for joining me again today
for my tour of Ireland.