Sunday, 20 September 2009

Home again, home again, jiggety jig

We are back from Ireland, as you may have already gleaned from Jon's blog. We had a great time and it was lovely to meet Tony and Christine Shiels. Tony took us on a sightseeing tour of some of the most spectacular scenery I have seen and also some very interesting Irish pubs - more of which I shall tell you later - but Guinness sure does taste better in the land of its origin, that I can confirm.

We may not have been able to to take our 'Toto' with us, but - considering this is magickal Ireland we are talking about - none of us batted an eye to see a little Cairn terrier sitting outside a pub in Killorglin (the venue for Ireland's oldest annual fair - the Puck Fair) with exactly the same colouring as the dog who took the role in THAT film.

Late Thursday afternoon found us at a scenic point known as Ladies View along the Ring of Kerry in Killarney National Park. The name apparently stems from the admiration of the view given by Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during their 1861 visit. From this point you can see the three lakes in all their glory - Lough Leane, Muckross Lake (also called Middle Lake) and Upper Lake. I wonder what they would have thought if they had witnessed what we all did?

But to finish for now, here is a photo of me and my Wizard-in-law, which is the affectionate term Jon uses and one which I could not put better myself.

2 comments:

Greatbeast said...

He looks like a sad old wizard, or is he just feeling shy?

Corinna Downes said...

It was nearing the end of a long day and I think he was getting a bit tired.