COUNTY CORK IRELAND 2017

17 01 2018

 

 

VIEW FROM THE COTTAGE

RAINBOWS EVERY DAY

GREETINGS

After months of planing the trip was finally here.  On the 22nd of November we drove to Providence and boarded a Norwegian Dreamliner for the flight to Cork Airport.  All unfamiliar territory for us.  We are used to flying Aer Lingus and going to either Shannon or Dublin.  We couldn’t pass the cheap tickets offered in the spring for 200 plus tax round trip for each of us .  We were not sorry about Norwegian Air,  great flight and service each way and we loved Cork Airport.  Smaller than Shannon but with all the amenities that Shannon had to offer, and much easier to get around.  We ran into a few difficulties finding our way to N71 and made our first stop the Dunne’s Store.    We had packed light so we wouldn’t have to pay for a checked bag so we needed a few items of clothing.  This is something we wouldn’t do again.  We Would pay for one check on bag for the three of us.

For those of you  not familiar with the Dunnes Store they are a Macy type store dotted all over  Ireland.  Some sell groceries also.  The quality of their clothing we feel is superior and most of it is made in the EU and prices are reasonable.

Our sweet stone cottage was located near the town of Schull (pronounced Skull) which is a town that Cindy and I had stayed in before.    It’s a quaint town located on Bantry Bay.  The house has mountain views and the sea in a distance.  The kitchen was perfect with everything one could want with views of pasture land.  The bedrooms were amazing the internet was good . We had a small turf burning stove which we used every night.  This was one of the best cottages we ever rented in Ireland.I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of recycling done at the cottage.  

There are Farmers Markets  everywhere and we went to the one in Bantry on Friday.  In the market were soaps and herbs, fresh caught fish, meat and lots of veggies.  Spring flowers were potted up coats and jumpers and so much more.  I did find Martin O’Flynn the willow basket man.  I have many of his beautiful baskets.  It was good to have a chat with him.  

We traveled to the Beara Peninsula which is another  place we have been many times.  We stopped in at the Tibetan Buddhist Retreat and chatted with a gentleman from Scotland who was volunteering a months time there.  They are  building a Temple which will be beautiful.  The Retreat sits on a point with the Atlantic in front, people come from all over the world.

 

  After  a cuppa tea and hot chocolate for Chris and Cindy we headed back to find Dunboy Castle one of my favorite places .  For years it was a derelict castle which cattle were in and out of .   Sitting near one of the giant firepLaces you could close your eyes and see what it must have been like when it was built.  Five or so years ago someone bought it with thoughts of making it into a higher end resort.  Cindy and I were excited at the prospect of someday maybe staying there for a night.   They redid the castle, made more paces to stay in back and a pool and gym and ran out of money and now it sits empty again with fencing all around it. 

So sad.  Wish someone could open it again.

Off to the only cable car in Ireland at the end of the Beara connecting the mainland to Dursey Island.  If you want peace and quiet Dursey is the place to go.   There are two villages on the Island.  The island is about 3 miles long and Cindy and I did walk it on one trip.  Unfortunately the cable car had gone and it was getting late in the day. 

You never now who will ride in the cable car with you.

I did find two cottages that were available to rent and maybe someday we can spend a night or two there

I will continue on our wonderful trip to Ireland, Cindy, Chris and I had the time of our lives on this trip and we are looking forward to more trips in the future.  Many thanks for reading my blog on this winter day.  Carole

NANCY THE HORSE ME CHRIS AND CINDY

 

 





NOVEMBER-THE KITCHEN-BOOKS I AM READING-CHICKENS

7 01 2018

GREETINGS

I am back from Ireland and have a working kitchen now.  My next blog I will share the trip to Ireland with you.  Hope to catch up in this blog.  December into January has been super cold  The temps last night went down to over 20 below zero and with wind chill it was way below that.   This morning the temps are eking up but at 11 am its still not above 10 below.  For the first time in 19 years my kitchen is warm and no broken pipes!!!!!!! (knock on wood)

NOVEMBER

I hardly remember November it went by in a whirlwind.  Getting ready for the crafts of Colrain and the trip to Ireland and 2 shows the weekend before I left.   But all these things were getting me ready for the best trip.  Peaceful, fun and adventurous 

THE KITCHEN

The front part of the kitchen is done and it looks great.  It is wonderful to have a kitchen that works and has places for everything.  I wonder how I worked in the old one for so many years.  I have all new appliances and a huge sink or zink as my Mom Mom Morrison use to call them.  Everyone helped and cheered me on when I was washing dishes in the bath tub.  Even though it was a difficult few months it certainly showed me how important family and friends are in one’s life.  I am so grateful.

The back part of the kitchen where the wood stove was will have to wait till warmer weather as the floor has to  come up and a new base for the wood stove has to be built  I sure  do miss the wood stove on these cold days  but it needs to be done  The floor has sunk down about 5 inches.  I am planning on replacing my Vermont casting stove with a smaller more efficient Jotul  wood stove.  I  Don’t need that big of a stove anymore with the new insulated walls.

 

BOOKS I AM READING

I bought some books in Ireland and my favorite magazine    The Lighthouse Keeper a memoir by Gerald Butler  I had read a review on in a newspaper and decided it would be a book I would search for  Every book store was out I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t find it but on a trip to Baltimore in the tiniest of stores there it was   I started reading it that night  It is about the life of one of the last lightkeepers in Ireland.  His great-grandfather was a light keeper and so was both of his parents  Most of his lightkeeping days were on the west coast of Ireland where we were staying    Many exciting tales of his rescues and of his time at Fastnet Lighthouse with waves coming over the top of the light house  A great read

The sea and lighthouses always have fascinated me.  I always though I would live near them.

COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE UK

 

As many of my followers know I have been getting this magazine for years  I finally found it at the end of my trip thanks to Cindy and Chris  With stories about topiary, making casks, and so much more.  I find it a back to the rural life plus views of the city magazine   If you have never read this magazine its worth buying  or borrowing a copy .  

 BACKYARD CHICKENS by Dave Ingham

I found this wonderful book at Avoca Weavers on Molls Gap in Ireland.  I do have lots of books on Chickens but love to add to my collection    Every person raises chickens  differently and new ideas and how to handle illnesses are something I always look for in a new book  This has them and  it is a delightful read too

MARGARET

Margaret is in for the winter she is now in the cage I bough for Helen   She is in back part of the kitchen  She has had the sneezing and coughing thing before I left and was in the house  briefly and seemed to be better  But a few days after I got home she was sneezing again   She still has some problems but  is back to her old self talking and cooing  I let her out everyday as it is a smaller cage  She loves the private sleeping area  She will be back with the flock in the spring 

MYRTLE

MYRTLE came in today  I found her standing still just trying to keep warm today not eating or drinking . Like Humans some hens just can’t take the cold and need some  help.  This is exceptional weather we are having and I think she would have been fine with normal winter weather.  She will return out in the spring.

The personalities of these two birds is like night and day.  Margaret is demanding and wants wants wants.  Myrtle is happy with anything  you do for and asks for little.  

JUNIPERS WITH BLUE BERRIES

I have wanted to get 3 of these trees for some time  Not many places carry them but I plan to go to a tree nursery in Hadley, Mass this spring and see if they have them  to further my dream of having all my live Christmas decorations right in my own yard  As a child I remember them in cow and horse pastures 

I found some this Christmas season in a place where I would have never thought to look, Home Depot an it was the last bunch there  I have scattered them around the house and catch their scent when I walk past .

Juniper Oil has been used in many things for years  I love it for a bath  It is said to help arthritis .

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winter day.  Carole