Sunday, March 16, 2014

From The Land Of Eire . . .


I hope you'll enjoy a few pictures from our trips to Ireland.
This first photo is the view from the cottage overlooking Bantry Bay. 
The village of Bantry, Co Cork, is located in the lower
South West of Ireland near the Atlantic Ocean.
The cottage is tucked back into a hillside quite far from the village.  
We have toured most of the lower half of Ireland
South from Dublin and Shannon. 
The orange flower, Crocosmia is found along the roads and hedgerows 
I have it growing here now in several places in the gardens. 
The white cottage, with the cat sitting in front is where we stay. 
Michigan friends of ours own the cottage and we have been
very fortunate to stay there when we visit Ireland. 
The cottage is traditional to most Irish cottages,  
with low ceilings, really thick walls, huge fireplace wall, tiny kitchen.
The little stone house you see above is
the garden house which sits in front of the cottage. 
Jack and I slept in the garden shed on our first trip to Ireland. 
The windows on the back side of the shed overlooking the bay
make for a beautiful morning view.  
The large stone area, Sheepshead, is a challenging
stone, rock outcropping near the ocean and not far from the cottage.
We enjoyed an extended hike there on our second trip with friends of ours
and they snapped this picture of us.   
The picture above is of us at the Kennedy Compound near New Ross. 
JFK's great grandfather Kennedy's birthplace is the building behind us. 
We visited here in 2007.
And this last photo is me
 wishing you a bit
of sunshine in your day
pep in your step.
joy in your heart.
 Enjoy a Happy St Patrick's Day
my friends
Love, Lynne


TexWisGirl said...

such a beautiful area and perfect place to visit since you have friends there. :)

Ela said...

What a wonderful place :)
Great pictures

Bonnie said...

Lynne, I love Ireland. I am eagerly awaiting the time when I can return. It is a land of beautiful landscapes and people. Thank you for sharing you photos and thoughts. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. Bonnie

Gail said...

Looks like a place I would love!

Willow said...

I have always wanted to go to Ireland ~
thanks for the share.
You have a wonderful smile , have I said that before.
Happy ST Patricks DAy !

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful place and I have no doubt you enjoyed the trip!

PlantPostings said...

What cute photos of you and your husband! Someday I do hope to get to Ireland. My daughter spent a few days in Cork while she was studying in Europe last semester. She kissed the Blarney Stone and did some other sightseeing. I think she said Cork was among her favorite places in Europe--Paris was No. 1. Happy St. Patty's Day, Lynne!

Musings from Kim K. said...

What beautiful pictures. How exciting that you have Michigan friends that own such a peaceful cottage. Definitely on my bucket list someday. Enjoy your St. Patrick's day celebrations!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Oh Lynne, your trip sounds perfect and pictures are just gorgeous--How wonderful to be able to experience such a beautiful place the way it should be by staying in such a charming and lovely cottage!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It's so verdant green there, I could only imagine the beauty. Your lovely photos bring it all to life.


Margieb said...

Same to you Lynne!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I've really enjoyed this post and your beautiful photos, Lynne. Such a gorgeous view from the cottage! It looks like a wonderful place to stay when you visit Ireland. Lovely photos of you and your hubby, too!

eileeninmd said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Lynne! I love the photos from Ireland. You and your hubby look very happy to be there. It is on my bucket list of places to visit..

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

So that's where the inspiration for your blog title and header came from? Love it. Happy St. Pat's Day Lynne! xo

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos of your visits to Ireland, Lynne. You are very fortunate to be able to stay in such a lovely Irish cottage with friends. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

Missy George said...

We did the same tour years ago..We were in Dublin for St Patty's Day..I've tried to grow Crocosmia Lucifer several times..Hope it comes back this year..Happy St Patty's Day..

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Irish Blessing to you today! said...

Happy Patty's to you and yours.

What a pretty Irish gal you are.

Love the show and tell of Ireland. .

For sure. Thank you.

Nancy said...

Lovely post, Lynne. And you know I love that cottage! Great photos of you and hubby, by the way. Hugs, Nancy

GardenOfDaisies said...

Beautiful! You and the landscape.

LANA said...

So beautiful, and I love the cottages! I am unfamiliar with Crocosmia but they are beautiful, I wonder if they would grow in Florida? Lovely photos of you and hubby.