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Glengarriff here we are! by Ann Treacy
May 3, 2010, 9:09 am
Filed under: Glengarriff

After much treacherous driving we finally arrived in Glengarriff. It is beautiful. The house is amazing. Our back yard extends to the Atlantic Ocean. Only it feels more like a high end lake cabin in many ways. Bantry bay is pretty sheltered – the water is very calm. There isn’t a beach at the back of the house in the way you think of a beach. It’s pretty mucky and seaweedy. Or at least it is when the tide is out. The tide is one way we’re reminded of where we are. High tide seems to be in the morning. Then the water nearly come up to the backyard – but by mid afternoon the tide is out and we have 50-100 feet of mucky seaweed, which is kind of fun to explore. It’s like a lagoon. We learned that the lunar day is 24 hours and 50 minutes – it controls the tide.

Also we can see the seals swimming in the water. They seem to only come during high tide. They don’t come too close to the house – but they are fun to see. You can often see 6 or more. Also the vegetation here is unusual. You can see a lot of palm tree sort of things and beautiful flowers. I’ll try to get more pictures of that sort of thing in the upcoming days.

There’s a trampoline in the backyard. I don’t think I need to say anything more there.

There are tons of walking trails around the village of Glengarriff. We’re about a 10-15 minute walk to the village. You’ll see I took a picture of Aine at the start of the grotto trail – near the state of St Bernadette.

We went out to eat for dinner one night and played games until pretty late. We made past one night and walked into town for ice cream. There is no Internet access at the house – so that might kill me – but there are a few places in town where I can get connected. Grandpa and I should know all of those places pretty well by the end of the week.

Our big trip so far has been to Kenmare to get groceries. It’s about 20 miles away. Actually at the bird flies it’s probably 7 miles but the road is 20. If you haven’t driven in Ireland, I can tell you it’s not for the faint hearted. And the prettier the area, the more treacherous the road. We’re in a place where the road is almost big enough for two cars. Then there are some walkers and cyclists. And some cars have trailers. And in some areas the road narrows for a tree or the sea. Much of the road has high hedges on both sides of the road. Of course you know that they drive on the left. And the drive to Kenmare is really on a cliff through the Cork and Kerry Mountains. I had one eye open and it looked beautiful. Grandpa did an amazing job driving since I know he loves being on a cliff at least as much as I do.

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