Today we toured the Ring of Kerry. This morning we stopped off at the Kerry Bog Village to see how the people of the countryside lived in the 18th century. I enjoyed learning about the bog itself, but I was also tickled to see a quilt in one of the bog houses.
Right next door is a traditional pub, The Red Fox, where many of our quilters treated themselves to an Irish coffee. Irish coffee contains a shot of fine Irish whiskey, a dollop of thick cream, and sugar, all stirred together with hot coffee. “I’m on vacation!”
This afternoon we stopped near an Atlantic beach close to the town of Waterville. I flopped down and let myself just gaze at tiny whitecaps and a blue/green sea. Between the truly emerald green of the land, the clear, intense blue of the sky, and the huge, glowing, white-popcorn clouds, this really does feel like a magical place. The smell of the sea is exhilarating, especially when you know you’re on the eastern shore of the Atlantic.
One of the most wonderful things about the Irish people is their love of color. Not only are the front doors in Dublin painted with bright colors, but even Irish shops and houses sport some beautiful shades, as do windowsills and shop awnings.
We’ve seen lace curtains blowing from windows everywhere and the contrast of white lace and a cobalt blue windowsill is too pretty to believe. I’m having such a wonderful time (and I‘m not the only one).