Monday, 8 March 2010

Peace comes dropping slow....

It wasn't the Lake Isle of Innisfree but I did find some peace there.

(Do click the above picture for the large version)
I heard the water 'Lapping with low sounds by the shore.'

This time last year I was writing about my trip to Marrakech.

Last week I was in Ballyvaughan, County Clare in the West of Ireland.
I hadn't wanted to go.
Reluctant was not a big enough word.

But I am so pleased I did.
My husband was brushing up on his concertina skills so I went along for the ride.
My friend came along for the first few days.

We walked along the coast road which follows the Burren down to the sea.
The bare hedges revealed many jewels.
A lane off to the right leads unceremoniously and surprisingly to a tower from the 16th Century

In the field close by is a sacred well.

I found more than peace.
I am renewed, refreshed, inspired, calm, and full of memories.

And I am going to bore you rigid with them.
Isn't it great to be a blogger?
Its like having your friends round to show them all your holiday snaps.

You don't have to read it if you don't want to.
But I can whenever I want to be reminded of a beautiful week.
The last picture is a drain cover....Celtic of course.


Anonymous said...

I love this post - and your last photo particularly, for I am working at the moment on a fabric book for a forthcoming trip to Ireland. What and where is it please i.e. what does it depict. It seems to be a perfect 'logo' to depict Ireland. And of course, Yeats, and that 'hive of the honeybee' though I think that quote is incorrect.

Melissa ;-) said...

Glad you went and thanks for sharing. I feel more peaceful for just having looked at the pictures.

Betty said...

I really enjoyed this post and the pictures are really interesting. Have never been to Ireland but this makes me feel I have missed out. And you're so right, you can enjoy your pics whenever you like, that's what I like about blogging too it's like a living diary.

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip. County Clare is one of my favorite places in Ireland - such great textures, colors, etc in the landscape.

Heather said...

So glad your trip turned out to be better than you anticipated and that you have been refreshed by it. This post is full of treasures, not least that lovely Celtic design. I've never been to Ireland but have heard how beautiful it is. Your photos are great and not in the least boring.

Bryndis said...

Hello Jackie, beautiful photos, see that you have had a nice weather on your trip.
I was in Birmingham and London from Wedensday-Sunday, had a wonderful time.


Maggi said...

What a magical place. Glad you went otherwise we wouldn't have had the photos.

lilylovekin said...

What a beautiful post, I so love to see travel pictures. It takes me to places I other wise would never see.

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

How can you not have wanted to go!!?? So glad you did and feel all the better for it. I LOVE Ireland and can't wait to go back in July......I have to wait till July! Waaaiil. Looks like you had some beautiful clear weather. Lovely photos : )

Karen said...

welcome home! You were missed x

Mermaid's Purse said...

Thankyou for sharing the lovely pics - especially like the ivy on stone - and glad you had an enjoyable time.

Julie said...

You will never bore me with photos of Ireland, I love it and the Burren is a magical place. Isn't that tree bark wonderful? I'm glad your trip nurtured and refreshed you and I hope you'll share some more of your beautiful photographs.

Victoria said...

So happy that you went and found a bit of bliss. It looks lovely. The drain cover is amazing... who knew that one could find beauty in a drain cover? But there it is. A good reminder to look everywhere. Thanks for sharing. xo

hens teeth said...

Good news my friend.

maggik1 said...

So glad you're home! I'm sure you've got lots of 'tales' to tell us on Friday? Beautiful photos - as usual - and one inspiring drain cover. Make ours look so boring? I feel a piece of felt coming on?

Ann Christy said...

Great images Jackie - glad you found some peace - it does makes you feel good to be out and about in peaceful, tranquil places away from home. I love the little treasures especially the drain cover - I never thought I would be writing to anyone about feeling enthused about a drain cover - but what a gem!!!

menopausalmusing said...

Now, I love the photo of the little group of trees, and also just HAD to click on the one of the bark....... glad you had a peaceful and restorative time... as you know, I was wondering what you were up to and thought Scrabble had taken you over.. ;O))))

Jude said...

Drain cover!!! Wonderful!!
I'm glad you found some peace and rest.
I've never been to Ireland but do feel like I would like it..maybe one day.
Keep the photos coming...can't wait!
Take care

Lyn said...

Wow what a lovely place it looks. I have never been but it does look like somewhere we could enjoy.

Nanette said...

Oh The Burren! I read a series of fiction about a medieval woman judge who lived in the Burren( forget the title and author).........have wanted to go there ever since.

Julie confirmed my feeling from those books that it's a magical place.

Please" bore" us some more, and post lots of photos :)

merci33 said...

I am so happy that I happened upon your gives me the feeling of having been lifted up and away from my day to walk among the beauty that you share.
thank you so much for sharing your 'reluctant journey' :-)

Pam said...

Bored I could never be Jackie.
I just enlarged the pic of the ivy growing up the rock....exquisite really! x

Irishgirlsews said...

Thank you, Thank you thank you, for this very timely blog, your pictures and words of Ireland have been well received, as I'm Irish, my kin is from County Clare and someday my husband and I hope to visit.
Wendy P.

Chris Daly said...

I am pleased you have found a renewed spirit. Your pictures are inspiring. I'm sure your head is swimming with new ideas.

Julie said...

Great photos. I was especially charmed by the drain cover as I "collect" these in my travels and posted one a while back on my blog. Can't say I've seen one as pretty as that though! Happy St. P. Day.

gunnelsvensson said...

Oh so many beautiful photos yoiu have hee Jackie! And wonderful colours and stitching! Thanks for you comment, we had a great time at the exhibition

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