Bantry and environs, all day

Trip Start Jun 13, 2011
Trip End Jun 22, 2011

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Where I stayed
Dromcloc House Bantry
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Thursday, June 16, 2011

After full Irish breakfast or delicious French toast, we were collected by our guide for the day, our good friend from previous trips, Anchoress. Wonder of wonders, it came to pass that she is a good friend of our hostess Dympna's sister so they had a nice chat.

All the way down to Sheep's Head. The 'girls' went for a walk while Anchoress and I caught up on events, sitting in a little defile in the hills, out of the wind and quite cozy. We wound wool yarn from skeins into balls while visiting. When D, M & A found us we visited a bit longer and just as we were to begin our picnic the rains came so back into the cars.

After many twisty miles we found a little lay-by to eat a lovely picnic provided by Anchoress: a variety of breads and cheeses, salads fresh from her garden that morning, milk and spring water from her spring, and local fruit. All delicious and served on a flat rock covered by a table cloth and eaten on china plates and cups. Most elegant!

The teens purchased a "beanie" each from Anchoress' market stall stock (she sells knitted and crocheted items, homemade jams, handmade rosaries, her books, and many other items at the market in Bantry on Fridays and Sneem on Tuesdays. All proceeds feed orphan babies and the homeless).

Near Ahakista we visited the memorial to the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing. None of us Americans knew of the disaster so we were educated as well as humbled by the experience. The anniversary was nearing and people were out tidying the site and putting out new bedding plants.

We called in at Cronin's Forge where they have some nice iron pieces but nothing suited our fancy so on to Durrus to the charity shop where I bought some paperbacks (for one euro each even if the stories aren't any good it's a nice cheap souvenir and helps a charity at the same time).

Sent Anchoress home to "rest" (as much as she ever does. What a dynamo!) and we headed back to our B&B for naps and winding more yarn.

Dinner on the Quay in Bantry at the Quay. M celebrated the fact that she is of drinking age in Ireland by trying out a Guinness....but only a bit of it.  We all shared sticky toffee pudding and banoffee pie for afters.

Back "home" to showers and bedtime.

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