Skibbereen, West Cork. Daily, I'm drawn in by the breathtaking surroundings which could be mistaken for any one of the many exotic locations around the world.
Rain or shine, the view, from the left side of the house, mesmerises me. Just looking out over the sloping lawn which merges into the small field below then across the narrow gravel road that leads you straight to the water's edge of the magical cove, takes me into a kind of hypnotic trance. I know that when we finally leave here I shall miss this place with all my heart.
Allihies in the Beara Peninsula (a two hour car journey from Drishanemore) after first visiting with our children back in 2000, I never realised the impact that this small village, with the old mine engine house as its landmark, would have on our lives. It's to there we returned a couple of times during these last two months and it's where we will eventually spend a considerable amount of time over the coming years. For the immediate future, however, we have very good reason to be in Dublin as much as possible - in late summer, we are to become grandparents!
To be continued.............
Top image: View from bedroom, Drishanemore, taken by me, March 2013.
Bottom image: "Man Engine House" Mountain Mine, Allihies, taken by me, October 2010.
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