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Friday, July 24, 2015

Ireland Pics (Part 2) and O'-13 weeks to REVIVAL

Aloha,

PROLOGUE

This week, I want to first offer a huge shout out to the terribly fabulous Carrie Butler, who has, over the past few months, sweated floods, goods and shears cutting and developing the outlay - and the tres professional look - to my blog.)

[Ok, maybe she didn't sweat floods - it's not as if I'm One Direction.... more like "No Direction," but I couldn't think of much that rhymed with blood!]

Anyway, as always, the blog content is all me, so don't blame Carrie when it comes to my new, scraggly beard profile - the poor woman had so little to work with :)

Which reminds me, sometimes, I forget how easy it is to say thanks to those who are always there for me...

So, I'd like to again raise a pint and give a cheers to the people I've virtually met through Blogger, especially the ones who just won't stop supporting me... even though I've been such an arsehole these last few monthyears.

I'm not worthy, but I'm eternally grateful.

You know who you are, so please... have your better half slap you on a self-chosen buttock, and then have them shout out, "attaboy" on my behalf... because you really do coach me to be a better writer.

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Chapter One: (in where we enjoy Part Two of Ireland and how we mention it's only Thirteen weeks to REVIVAL.)

Traditional, working English phone box in Northern Ireland...



The usual phone box in the Republic... :)



St. John's Castle, Carlingford (circa 1200 AD)
 

Another castle in Carlingford, with dodgy ice-cream van (circa 1982?)



White-washing/painting old Irish houses... the original never-ending job!

Irish Road Signs... they make no sense, but they look good, just like One Direction!

THIS is an official Irish road... and I'm driving on the wrong side..omg..

Sphincter unclenches as we stop for a photo-op...

"It's like we're in a real postcard, Papa!" - #No 1 Son (8)

(Sigh, I don't miss Oireland, not at all...)

In Bray, when the upcoming airshow holds an unscheduled rehearsal #sweet

I see you mountain-ish. Today, we climb you, Bray Head...

On the very, very, straight non-upward moving road to climb Bray Head...

When we saw this ruin, I realized we were going the wrong way!!

... oops, here's the stairs we needed to take...

Ah, there's Bray Head cross... we're on the way... finally :)

#No 1 Son (I'll call him "Donatello" to protect his identity)...and someone else!



Such a bad parent here: "Go on, my son... climb that mother, you can do it!!!"

... and he did... standing tall, 791 feet above sea level (that's mah boy :)

Victorious Bray Head Climbers! (Is nowhere safe from the Selfie???)

The stunning view we earned...

The American kid who found a $2 *Canadian* coin... in Dublin...

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Absolutely fascinating place...

Picture taken at 3 p.m. ...

... 15 mins later (I *don't* miss Ireland... much :)

Hallowed, historic grounds where no man treads...

No, for real, y'all...

Ok, I miss Ireland a little...

But not when it's raining (though I do love the optimistic vendor :)

And no stinking rain is going to stop our fun!!

Rain stopped... time for a drive on the Green Machine...
 

"You'll never catch me, coppers!!!"


... The End...




12 comments:

Cynthia said...

I liked your old blog design, and I like this one too.

Neat Ireland pictures. I could tell your boys are having fun. I especially enjoy the naturesque images. There's something about all that green I find soothing.

Elephant's Child said...

Ooooh.
Now those are postcards I would love to visit. So very much.
It looks like a wonderful, wonderful trip. And my eyes are matching the green of the countryside. Extreme jealousy will do that...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some stunning photos. I think you do miss it a bit. Glad you took your own personal burglar with you to Ireland.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ahhhh...enjoyed the trek...you're so lucky to be protected on your journey by a super hero.

Melissa said...

If Carrie Butler ever goes AWOL, a whole bunch of us will be in a world of trouble. LOL

Loooovely pictures! I'm so jealous.

dolorah said...

Awesome. I love old cemetaries, and this one would have be great to walk through.

Deniz Bevan said...

Love the new design. And thanks for sharing your vacation with us! :-)

Jo said...

Love your new look - beard too. Looks like you guys are having a fabulous time on the 'auld sod'. Assume you have found time to raise a jar or two.

Al Diaz said...

Excellent pictures! I would love to go to Ireland once in my dragon life. I do like the landscapes. Dragon Hugs!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Fantastic photos. I've never been to Ireland. I got very excited a couple of years ago when my local airport started offering flights, but it closed down before I got my act together to go. (Which is such a bad excuse, coz the next nearest airport is only an hour away...)

S.P. Bowers said...

Aw, now I need to go to Ireland. I've never been before but those pics are gorgeous. Hope you had a great time.

Deborah Hawkins said...

I love reading your posts. These pictures are awesome. I hope to see Ireland one day.

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