We had an awesome week being invaded by family. Will, Ric & Karen Sue, and Rick, Leslie, Ritchie & Lauren arrived in Shannon on Saturday the 8th, the last UK/Ireland flight out of JFK before the ash cloud cancelled flights. We spread all seven of them between our two big spare bedrooms and an air bed in my office, and made it work.
We went a lot of places that I’ve been with other visitors, so I didn’t take a ton of pictures, but got several good ones of all of us, plus a couple places that were new to me: Lough Hyne and the Ring of Kerry in particular. Lough Hyne happened mainly because we went to Skibbereen to the Famine Museum, but it was Monday and it was closed. You think I’d learn. But the lough was gorgeous and we had a nice walk/hike around part of it.
The Ring of Kerry seemed over-hyped to me. After driving in a lot of different places in Ireland, and especially around West Cork, it seemed like normal. Some spectacular views over the coast and out to the ocean, though. And the Torc Waterfall was worth the steep climb for the second time. Click on the pictures if you want to see them bigger.
Along with Lough Hyne, Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher, we took them to Bunratty Castle and the Irish traditional banquet, the other-wordly landscape of the Burren, and of course they kissed the Blarney Stone. At the end of that, most everyone took a day trip to Dublin, and exhausted people stayed home! Some of my pictures didn’t turn out well, and they took many more than me, so maybe I’ll invite guest posts here to share them.
We really loved having everyone here and highpoints for the family seemed to be Bunratty and the Cliffs, and just hanging out. Lots of good chat, a few hearty laughs and just plain time together. For me, it was not only seeing everyone again, but the Family Home Evening we had Monday night, and a family prayer before they started heading home. Very powerful witness from the Holy Ghost of the importance of family and the eternal relationships we share.
It’s been a quiet house since Sunday, but recuperation turned into a jam-packed week trying to catch up on everything. I’m knackered! And it’s way past bedtime. <g>