Thursday

I have been tardy. Actually I have had a cold for the past 4 days and last eve was the first time I even wanted to try to figure out where the keys are on the keyboard. Guess what, the B&B had no internet

So where did we go. I last left you in Cobh. On Thursday we drove along the coast to Bantry Bay via Kinsale, Courtmacsherry, Clonakilty, Skibbereen, heading east at Glengarriff and visited the gardens on Garnish Island( Ilnacullin) just a couple of hundred yards down the road.  A small ferry took us out to the island passed a group of seals who were sunbathing and did not care about the boat.  We then drove a short distance north and took the “Ring of Kerry” road down to Cathair Donall, Cahirsiveen and  up to a B&B just outside Tralee.

 

Tuesday & Wednesday Sept 11/12

 

Off to Ireland. Tuesday morning we left Crewe and headed to Wales to board a ferry to Dublin.

A rainbow told us it would be a beautiful day and it certainly was

Green grass, sheep and cows dominated the lanscape

We had lunch at a small town with a rather large name.

The vistas along the road were wonderful.

Land 0’Ho  There is our first sighting of Ireland

A Dublin church. There must have either been 2000 of them or we saw the back and front of 1000.

Our B&B in Arklow

Wednesday we head out again.

I am beginning to wonder if there are more cows than people. Green grass and cows were everywhere.

Lots of roadside attractions…..them or us ????

Courtown Harbour, a wonderful spot top stop and stretch.

Lunch with my girls. (I have taken my hearing aid out)

St Mary’s Church, New Ross ( this should be a few slides up)

Toll bridge in Waterford

Our B&B in Cobh where I am sitting writing this. The order of the photos may be a bit out of whack but you get the idea. This is a magnificent country with wonderful sights and people. We even saw a few houses for sale….well maybe not yet.  More to come…. 🙂

Monday Sept 10

We traveled by train today to Crewe, Cheshire to meet with Katie Moore. “Big Sister” was there at the station to meet us and we spend the afternoon chatting and enjoying her company and lovely home. Later we went to a local carvery for some refreshment and sustenance

Sunday Sept 9 2012

Today was a wonderful day just spending time with great friends.

We assembled at the home of Stella & Ernie Russell. Present were Doreen Grierson, James Pitt-Payne, Dale and I.These are all great friends who we have met through Rotary and never would have met without the International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians.

During the lunch I presented James with a Paul Harris Fellowship in the name of his late wife Jacqui who was a wonderful loving and caring individual who supported James in all his Rotary activities.

Mr. & Mrs. Ben Grierson

What a wonderful wedding. It took place in a 1000 year old church in Bekesbourne. A small church but absolutely beautiful. The ceremony was simple but wonderful. Dale and I both agreed it was the best we have ever attended. The reception following was at the home of Sarah’s parents. Rose & James Baker are warm and welcoming people who made us feel very comfortable.

Speaking to the vicar after the wedding he told us that the estate at the bottom of the hill (see up one photo) was the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Later the cottage on the left was used by Ian Flemming when he was writing the James Bond stories. The local school bus route was numbered “007”.

We have landed and slept

After a flight that was 75 minutes late leaving Halifax ( at 1 am) we made it to Heathrow. The flight was the usual uncomfortable situation where about every 20 minutes there was a “bong” and we were told to fasten out seatbelts. Needless to say no sleep.

James Pitt-Payne met us at the airport and took us to Gravesend where Doreen Grierson fed us lunch and then both Dale and I had a most needed nap. Then off to a a restaurant for some dinner. The photo below shows on the left, Tina Mallard, James and Doreen, and on the right Barry (Baz) Mallard, myself and Dale.

I cannot forget that if it had not been for Rotary we never would be making this trip and visiting with such wonderful people. Later today we will be attending the wedding of Ben & Sarah Grierson in Canterbury. Photos will follow.

Gord received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Hey! Was I ever surprised when I received a call from the Office of the Premier of Nova Scotia asking me to attend a ceremony and accept the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Gord and Priemier Darrell DexterThe family was thereHappy to have Phyllis come up from Bedford.

Even more surprising was the fact that both Kim and Tina were recognized and known by the Premier. Kim had in the past babysat his son and he is a regular at The Vines which is Tina & Hans’ restaurant.

A basic itinerary

Things are beginning to take shape for your trip.

Here are some of the places we will be staying at and visiting:

http://www.about-gravesend.co.uk/

( the reference to the “Gravesend old Picture Postcards”  is interesting in that it is the Late Doug Grierson’s son who’s wedding we are attending. Doug was a wonderful Rotarian and friend.)

http://www.beckenhamhistory.co.uk/

For those who enjoy old music please drop by James Pitt-Payne’s Midi Website (http://www.pitt-payne.com/ )  James will be our chauffeur from the airport to Gravesend and we will be staying at his home in Beckenham one night. Again another wonderful Rotarian and friend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crewe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nantwich

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin

http://www.harbourqueenferry.com/

www.arklowbandb.com

www.killarneyhousetralee.com

www.caheroyanhouseathenry.com

www.tarafarmhouse.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portadown