The things that go down on the Irish countryside.. Roadtrips never get boring!
We were driving through Connemara and on our way home we were compelled to stop after seeing signs for a ‘Sheep Race’ taking place that day. I’ve been to the horse races and the dog track around Dublin but this was new to me.
Roundstone is one of the small villages we took a break from driving during our visit to beautiful Connemara. I’ve posted about that trip before but today I noticed the pictures I took of these small rowing boats lying in the harbor.
I recently discovered that Ireland every now and then does look like a real tropical Island. Along the west coast there are a few beautiful white beaches with turquoise, Chrystal clear, blue water. Sadly the temperatures didn’t really match my ideal of spending some time there ( Enjoying the warm sun, cocktail in hand) but that meant I could put some energy in taking photographs :)
Maybe I should dedicate a post to ‘the places my car goes’ it seems I am collecting pictures taken from the drivers seat of my car looking out over a beautiful view. Every now and then I let go of the urge to see as much as possible on two or three days and leave my car to take a nice walk.
We walked (partly ;) ) up Diamond hill in Connemara national park. Beautiful sights!
The lady in the picture below is one of the sisters of the Benedictine community living in, and taking care of the Kylemore Abbey in Connemara on Ireland’s West Coast.
I asked whether I could take a picture of the sister sitting at the desk below the big staircase. It turned out she is very fond of photography herself and is more than willing to pose for a picutre (on the condition that I come into the picture with her as well). She is busy making cards out of her own photographs of the place to send them to her friends. She tells me that she is so happy to live in this amazing place and she shows me her pictures of the Abbey and the surrounding nature in different weather conditions. I am especially yealous of the shots she took in beautiful evening light with no wind so a perfect reflection of the abbey in the lough. She is very pasionate in talkbin about her abbey and her mountains :)
The abbey was built in 1867 by Mitchel and Margaret Henry. Mitchel Henry built the castle on the place where Kylemore Lodge once was. The couple had spent their honeymoon there and they fell in love with the place. The Henry family lived there for several years untill Mitchel sold the (at that time) castle to te Duke and Duchess of Manchester. It is said that the Duke gambled with the deeds of the house and lost. It took a few years before the Castle was inhabited again, by the time the Benedictine sisters took it over in 1920 there was a lot of restoring to do.