Friday, June 29, 2012

Memo From a Cool, Green Island.....

It hardly seems like it, but I've been here a week already! It is blissfully cool compared to Florida. We've had clouds and rain and fitful sunshine, none of it slowing us in our tracks at all! The Irish could teach the rest of the world to appreciate sunshine....A sunny day makes the whole country giddy with delight!

The Blister and GB cycled in a big cycling event in The Burren last weekend, he in the 100km, she in the 60 km. Various  friends and relatives also did the cycle, so there was a cheerful crowd. The day started wet and drizzly, the kitchen full of upside down bikes and people in lycra! Not being much into masochism, I was very happy to be staying behind in the big, warm, dry kitchen! I had excellent company in Major Pettigrew's Last Stand [by Helen Simonson] and a fine big mug of tea!

After a few chapters though, I noticed that the clouds had lifted and the sun was making a valiant effort. So I set off for the mountain behind the house. Not finding a path off the narrow lane to take me upwards, I climbed over a farmer's gate [after a furtive look around] and struck off across the fields. I was climbing as I went, and soon was on the typical limestone rock of The Burren, and still making tracks up the mountain. It is a breathtaking sight when you get up high enough. All of North Co. Clare is laid out before you, the rocky limestone stretching for miles, little cottages and farms, and Galway Bay off out to the west! I took a gazillion photos but you'll have to wait until I get home and organize them. Meanwhile, just close your eyes and picture a misty blue and green slice of heaven!

There were  lots of hungry people 'round the table that evening and plenty of lasagne and curry for everyone. Then a walk to the village, to the pub which was full of more cyclists and everyone hail- fellow-well-met with everyone else!

It's very nice to be home!

15 comments:

Relatively Retiring said...

That sounds wonderful, and I hope the habit of being giddy with delight at a glimpse of sunshine doesn't wear off when you return home!

patty said...

I've got my eyes closed with the scene in my mind, wonderful! Especially since today its going to be 105 degrees.

Gillie said...

What a lovely day! We have had a sunshine and shadows sort of day here too, with sudden, sharp showers. Enjoy the rest of your trip, Molly.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It all sounds like the very best of trips home !

( I missed being born in Kilkee by about three weeks .... I wonder what it would have been like if everyone had stayed put ?
No lasagne and curry , probably )

lgsquirrel said...

You make a wet day sound so beautiful.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Molly -- it DOES sound just like heaven. I can't wait to see your pictures. If the OC is always traveling, perhaps he could just travel from a home base in County Clare???

Isabelle said...

Yes, Edinburgh is pretty green too. I wonder why? Have fun!

persiflage said...

It sounds like a lovely time, and I hope you do not have to rush back to Florida too soon, and can do plenty of visiting, revisiting, meeting people and eating and drinking.

Pauline said...

A visit to Ireland is on my bucket list so please let me know next time you're going? Sounds like you and your sister are having a good time! Can't wait to see all the photos.

Molly said...

I hope that your good weather is continuing. If you have returned to Florida, I hope that you are staying cool.

Ali Honey said...

I loved beautiful green County Clare!

Stomper Girl said...

Sounds fab. I'm very impressed with your fence-jumping and the bike-riding feats too! Hope the rest of your stay is wonderful.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I'm so glad you're visiting home. I have always wanted to see Ireland. My nephew and his family live in County Wicklow and I do hope to visit them someday. Enjoy the beauties of your Emerald Isle, Molly!

Molly said...

Sounds like a delightful time/

Ali Honey said...

Oh golly I don't know what to say. Your life should be a little easier to manage from now on. It is a shame that some folks personality just makes them less nice to know and deal with....I wonder why they want to be like that?
May he rest quietly in Peace.

Thinking of and remembering that green and pleasant land I visited a year ago.
Our over here is very similar but waterlogged at the moment.