Palm Grove Farmhouse
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... topic discussed was the pride of the Irish people in the tidiness of their homes and in preserving the environment. I have certainly noticed lack of trash along roadways and on city streets. We also learned how the homes are built. Because of a scarcity of timber, the houses are framed with concrete blocks. The outside is finished with some plaster-like ...
... There was a main guy dancer who seemed like a pompous sort of fellow but we met him after the show and he was actually very nice. We had planned to hang out with Jack after the show but he had an opportunity to meet with an Australian promoter so he ditched us, which we couldn't blame him for.
Wednesday 9/9: We all got up fairly early for the drive over to Rossbeigh because Dennis and Laura had a date to go horseback riding there. I had heard about a nice hillwalk so as soon ...
... in the park.
It had continued to rain for the entire hike and when we crested the ridge that leads to the summit we were hit with like 60 mph winds that drove the rain completely sideways and made it nearly impossible to take a step without losing my balance. At the final ascent to the top I was nearly unable to walk, so John grabbed me by the wrist and hauled me up to the top. On the top there is an iron cross and a little stone bunker. John took a couple of photos of us ...
... a mix of pastures or wild flowers or both. Inquisitive sheep and cattle would come to the fence closest to the walkway when they heard us approaching. Some would stay for a pat while others would skip away quickly when they did not recognise us. Our descent continued like this for quite some time. Our track notes mentioned Minard Castle, the ruins of a tower house built above the high water mark overlooking a sandy beach. It was built in the 1500s ...
... with wood and metal - a memorable experience. We hear our first cuckoo!
We leave early and visit the Ardchattan Priory, founded in 1230. The ruins are beautifully preserved and the gardens that date back 700 years are filled with radiant spring daffodils.
The day is glorious and the road winding as we make our way to Inverary, past castles and ruins.
The roads are filled with an inordinate number of motorcyclists and Digby's envy is ...