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I have been staying with a university friend of mine who is working in Ireland. We have travelled around the county of Mayo seeing abbeys that have Mass said in them since 1216, and ruins of old monasteries and churches. You leave with a sense how constant the Church has been through the centuries. We had afternoon tea at Ashford Castle including scones and clotted cream! On Saturday, we went to Knock where 15 people from the ages of 5 ...
update on 10/16 - went to dinner on the quay (pronounced "key" for those of you in the Bronx. - Had some oysters and scallops right from the Bay.
Went to Matt Maloy's Bar - the flutist from the Chieftains owns it or that is the rumor - met some folks from Belfast.
Went to the bar next store - the Portush - nice Irish music -
update 10/17 - Marian made us soup for lunch - went to an Italinan restaurant for dinner in town - food was great - La Belle Vita ...
... look out, birds in flight towards a pole with a pile of them crumpled at the base of the pole. The other interesting roadside sculpture was a 4 metre high fiddle half buried in the embankment of the road. The warmth of the car and patient status allowed Pol to engage in recuperative rest, so we bypassed Our Lady of Knock and drove to Castlebar and checked into the Harlequin Hotel. After a visit to the hairdresser and a walk around this quaint town, we had a drink and early curry and ...
... Today was hard.
Maybe because I knew it was the last time. Or maybe because it was bucketing down and it was windy.
Either way, I cried.
I finally got everything in my bag and made my way to the bus station (which was full of football boys and so I stood beside the shelter under the drip drip drip of the corner. I couldn't get any wetter anyway so I was beyond actually caring).
On the bus and then I was back to ...
And then, when it began getting cold..
Go to book launch!
There is a cafe run by two chef/cook/author people and they had their second book release on tonight, so I went for the music, the snacks and some great company!
So my day did actually go slowly and revolve around words and paper.