Kissing stones and such...

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
Trip End Mar 02, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So, we didn't end up going out again later last night as Rachel refused to wake up. We instead wwatched a bit of TV, talked to some people in the common room and went on the internet. At least, I did most of this while Rachel talked for about 15mins then fell asleep.

This morning we woke up, had breakfast and called Rachel's parents on skype. The family (adam and roz and the kids etc) were supposed to be coming down for the weekend and so we were going to have a chance to talk to everyone and tell them how we are etc. Except that it turns out today is only Wednesday and not Friday, apparently our sense of days is completely gone. We know dates, and when we'll be in certain places, but not what day it actually is. Anyway, we talked to them for a little while, then had breakfast and headed in to town to see what the Blarney situation was like today.

As you may have guessed from the title, the bus to Blarney was back up and running so off we went. It was about a half hour trip out of Cork, with some pleasant country side along the way.

Blarney itself is a tiny little village. The castle, which is really the only thing worth seeing was about a 2 minute walk from the bus stop. They only accepted cash though so we had to walk back to the village centre to find a bank. On the way back to the castle again we passed a small unimpressive church, but it did have a number of gravestones which we decided to have a look at. No dead friends in Blarney I'm afraid Dad. There was one sad stone though for a little brother and sister who died 3 years apart, both when they were age 2. :(

Back at the castle again we strolled through the pretty gardens and along the flowing river and made our way up to the actual ruins. Whilst fairly small for a castle, it was still relatively imposing. We made our way through the ruins, working our way up to the top. The way up was the original stone circular staircase, which started getting very narrow towards the top. This caused quite a problem for Rachel who was literally crawling and whimpering by the end. On the top we made our way round to the famed Blarney stone, the kissing of which grants the gift of the gab. Rachel obviously wasn't going to be doing this, as to kiss the tihng you need to bend over backwards and hang off the side of the castle, but I had a go. Yet to see whether I have been imbued with the gab, I tried to speak eloquently whilst wandering the gardens, but Rachel didn't seem to think it had kicked in yet.

After kissing the stone, as I said we wandered the gardens for a bit. We walked down and saw Blarney House, a more recent addition to the property which I think is actually lived in. We couldn't get inside, though did peer through some of the windows and tried to ring the door bell, though there was no answer. Further around the garden was a rock section, with a stone that looked like a witch where people had left money and other random 'offerings'. Nearby was a small cave where they apparently light a fire each night and some other small areas with piles of rocks. We then walked along the boardwalk by the river, sections of which had been frozen over. I threw some rocks and sticks and things onto a frozen lake and broke sections of the ice.

We then walked back to the bust stop and headed back to Cork. In Cork we picked up some last minute irish souvenirs before heading back to the hostel to eat all the food we had left. After our lunch of Cheese-toasties, capsicum sticks, choc milk and juice, we headed for the bus to the airport.

Now here, we have eaten our ice-cream and checked in to our flight. We have about 2 hours till out flight leaves, partly cause we got here very early and partly cause it has been delayed by 30mins. A lot of other flights, mainly to the UK, have been cancelled due to weather. Apparently there is some snow in Amsterdam, so we are praying that our flight won't be cancelled as well. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
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Ruth on

You are getting around aren't you, in spite of the weather? I'm really impressed with the blog and look forward to reading it each day. Missed reading it while we were away. Rach, my Mum and Dad called in at your Mum and dad's today and had a lovely visit with them.

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