Notes from Ireland: Ring of Kerry

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.

photo 7 Kerry bog House Notes from Ireland: Ring of KerryRight 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!”

Photo 9 Notes from Ireland: Ring of KerryPhoto 81 Notes from Ireland: Ring of KerryThis 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.

photo 10 Notes from Ireland: Ring of Kerry So far today we’ve seen native yellow iris, deep fuchsia foxgloves, fields of buttercups, and tiny lavender snapdragons.

Photo 111 Notes from Ireland: Ring of KerryPhoto 121 Notes from Ireland: Ring of KerryOne 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.

photo 13 Notes from Ireland: Ring of KerryWe’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). photo 14 Notes from Ireland: Ring of Kerry

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6 Responses to Notes from Ireland: Ring of Kerry

  1. Marty Askins says:

    Looks like you all are having a great time. Are we doing any more blocks for this Irish Quilt?

  2. Valerie says:

    Yes, and they will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you for you patience. Here is a link to where all blocks are posted: FREE Ireland BOM

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  4. Linda says:

    My daughter loves Ireland, wait til I show her your pictures, she’ll be green with envy. I wish I was with you, have a great time!!

  5. marianne grosso says:

    Great ..about the whiskey.. I enjoyed the hor whiskey..lemon, sugar, hot water and whiskey.,gloves.. Puts one right to sleep!
    loved Adare and stayed there one night and then on to Lahinch golf course (need to be a goat to play there) then to Dingle.

    Great memories and we stayed about 3 weeks..because after Seeing Ireland we went to Scotland. Never been back but what pictures in my mind and albums. Have fun and enjoy the lovely scenery and grand people.

  6. Susan says:

    I am one of the people who had a wonderful time! Thank you to all the group representing McCalls – you really made the trip a success (I especially enjoyed the laughter that went along with the mini workshops after dinner). It was the third time I had travelled with McCalls, and it will not be the last – you always take such good care of us – thank you!

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