Tuesday, August 14, 2007

july 29 dingle

Though it was late too bed the night before, we got up early this morning because it was sunny! No matter how sleepy I was, I knew this clear weather would not last and we'd best take advantage of it. Everyone in Dublin complained to us at length about the cold, rainy summer they've had. In the first photo I'm sitting on the deck of our B&B. I highly recommend Pax House. The views are gorgeous, as you can see. John, the host, is very attentive. And the breakfast was the best I had on the trip! Freshly made applesauce with toasted nuts, several kinds of fresh-from-the-oven, mouthwatering soda bread, various fruits and homemade spreads, croissants, J had a delicious omlette.

If you look to the left of me in the photo, you can just barely make out a grey lump in the background, close to that little straight. John said it was Lord Ventry's reading tower he built during the famine. He pointed out Lord Ventry's summer estate, to the right of me there but not in the photo. J and I walked down to the reading tower. Can you imagine owning a reading tower? My heaven will include reading towers. Though in heaven, I probably wouldn't be allowed to say, "I beg your pardon, starving peasants, but please don't clamour around whilst I read. This book is really too good, you know, and you are most distracting what with your sallow complexions and protruding bellies."

Dingle peninsula was where Ryan's Daughter and Far and Away were filmed.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those pictures make me feel nostalgic, but I've never been there. What's up with that? Remember when we were kids and they had those Irish Spring soap commercials? I remember thinking that people looked happy and Irishy. It was kinda weird that some random guy was walking around telling people about what a great soap it was and then cutting up the bars to show them. Then again, they are a friendly and fresh smelling people.

Anonymous said...

That last comment was from DTV...just so you know.

ave said...

I like the contrasting shadow and sunlight in the picture of you on the balcony. Very beautiful. Funny how everyone has a type of place that seems to really speak to their souls. I meet the most unlikely flatlanders turned Mainers at the library. A lot of them say they just had to live near the ocean, even if they grew up without access to one. I have always felt very connected to cool, damp, green places, so I am enjoying your comments on Ireland very much.

Calandria said...

dtv,come to think of it, the Irish were indeed friendly and fresh smelling. i did not come across a single one who stank. a testament to the soap!

athena said...

the pics are gorgeous! i love the ones of the countryside and especially the one with the sun shining through in the paddock. sounds like you enjoyed yourself in ireland.

Karen ~ said...

I can't believe no one has called you on having starving peasants with distended bellies in HEAVEN with you. Hello?