Home Again

My good friend Bendy Girl, who is also an EDS‘er, asked me to bring back some photos of my holiday. Thankfully, she didn’t specify that I had to take the pictures myself. I didn’t. All credit is due to my husband, Jaimie, who has me spoilt with his beautiful, professional photographs. We have just spent three fantastic days together in Connemara in the West of Ireland. I hope you enjoy these shots.

This was the view from my ‘hotel’ last night.

And the lovely view from my bedroom window.

My hotel for the night, with broadband connection.

A salmon jumping on the river at Ballynahinch Castle.

Galway hooker in Roundstone Bay.

Herbaceous border in restored Victorian gardens at Kylemore Abbey.

Cut turf drying out on Roundstone Bog.

Sea Holly growing on a Connemara beach.

We’ve had some very good times over the years camping in this location, especially when our children were young. On this occasion however, we only spent the last night of our holiday in a tent. The rest of the time we ‘cheated’ by staying in the luxury of the Ardagh Hotel, just outside Clifden on the Ballyconneely Road. This is a place we’ve also come to love in recent years as our bones grow older and wearier. Our two night stay this weekend included a 5-course gourmet dinner plus two superb breakfasts and the price was €149 per person sharing. To put this into perspective, it costs me at least €150 each time I have to see a specialist. I’ll leave you to guess which one leaves me feeling better.

I hope these pictures are enough to make Bendy Girl happy too!

12 Responses to Home Again

  1. Baino says:

    Wow! I had no idea the Connemarra had such nice beaches. Looks gorgeous and as I sit here with my KFC chicken strip and coleslaw, I’m very envious of the menu! Fast Food doesn’t suit this slow food freak! Glad you had a great time. Gorgeous pics too!

  2. Knipex says:

    Welcome back Steph.

    Glad you enjoyed the break.

  3. Grannymar says:

    All that and a Toyboy too!

    Am I jealous? No delighted that you had such a wonderful break.

    Wonderful pics, thanks Jaimie!

  4. Mike says:

    Welcome back Steph Fab photos. Love the salmin photo in particular and remember the Irish Sea isn’t all that colder. In fact its tepid at the moment so no excuses

  5. Bendy Girl says:

    Oh My, Steph what wonderful photos, thank you so much 🙂 Seeing just how beautiful Ireland is just makes me want to visit even more! I’m glad you had a lovely holiday, and I hope you’re feeling better than before you went away? Thanks again, lots love, BG x

  6. Steph says:

    Hello! everyone

    Thank you for your comments and the welcome home, and I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. It’s especially good to hear that those who’ve never been to Ireland, liked what they saw.

    Baino – For my 5-course dinner I started with a plateful of HUGE langoustines (from Galway Bay) in garlic butter, then a bowl of seafood chowder made from a lobster stock, for main course I had grilled fillet of fresh turbot with ratatouille and stir-fry vegetables and for dessert I rounded it off with a crème bruleé and raspberry sorbet. I had to skip on the homemade petit fours and coffee for fear I wouldn’t be able to get up from the table! It doesn’t come as good as that very often but when it does, God I enjoy it! I won’t tease you any more by telling you what was on the menu for brekkie!

    Knipex – thanks! I feel refreshed and ready to do battle once more 😉

    Grannymar – Jaimie says “thanks”. When I first met yer man, he lured me into his dark room to see what developed 😉

    Mike – thanks! I haven’t swum on the East coast since my school days. The reason? The colour of the water here compared to the beautiful, clear water of the West, says it all really. The sea looks like the Caribbean in Connemara with the white beaches even if it doesn’t feel like it. BTW – catching that fish jumping out of the water was a sheer fluke. The fish literally jumped into the shot.

    Bendy – I’m so glad you enjoyed the pics. Connemara is a particularly beautiful part of Ireland and I hope that one day you will get over to visit it. Even though I live beside the sea all year round, the clear air of the West always gives me a lovely feeling of well-being, I often dream of moving West full-time but in reality, the winters can be very harsh with the storms coming in off the Atlantic and I don’t much fancy driving rain for weeks on end. However, a summer without a trip West, is unthinkable!

  7. Laura says:

    well done jamie well done steph for catching him in the dark room.

  8. Steph says:

    Cheers! Laura

    Those sure were the good ol’ days! 😳

  9. Stunning, stunning, gorgeous shots! Made me all nostalgic. I remember a holiday we took along the west coast – and I how well I remember Roundstone Bay! 🙂 Lovely memories – thanks, Steph! 🙂

  10. Cool, camping. My missus would consider that far too lacking in luxury. Good pics.

  11. Steph says:

    AV – Thank you! That’s a huge compliment coming from someone so talented behind a camera lens. It’s really great to hear that the photos had such an impact. I shall pass on your praise to where it’s really due.

    Hi Thrifty! – I’m delighted to get some credit for roughing it on the edge of a beach, especially at MY AGE! Actually, it wasn’t roughing it at all. I said I’d only do it if the conditions were perfect and as you can see from the shots, they were. In fact, they were so blooming perfect we didn’t bother going out to eat that night and instead made do with a few sausages (our brekkie) and some vino. And it was much quieter than the hotel had been over the previous few nights.

    I wish I could wake up to the waves lapping on the shore every morning. It was pure magic!

  12. […] holiday? Without any hesitation – a stay in Connemara, walking the beaches and enjoying loads of pub […]

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