Since my last e-mail when we were in Bath in England we have toured the south of England around picturesque Cornwall and then Wales; caught the ferry across to Ireland. The weather has been unseasonllay warm and very pleasant – up to 28 c which prompted me to enjoy a swim in the ocean at Penzance and again in Ireland whilst in the beautiful seaside village of Kilkee.
We have stayed mainly in Bed & Breakfast accommodation including 3 farms( dairy farm income only 50% for farmers compared to last year) and enjoyed the hospitality of other guests from varying backgrounds; to locals, Holland Germany Kentucky, and even a couple who lived nearby in Melbourne. The pub scene in England and Ireland is heavily conducive to a convivial atmosphere but the food is very expensive. The scenery had been spectacular, especially the Ring of Kerry with it’s mountains valleys with waterways running through a patchwork quilt of colours. We have enjoyed our Ireland tour despite my back still playing up. At present we are in Galway’s for 4 day before Dublin and then HK / home. We are off to view the Volvo yacht race, which will soon resume its Atlantic leg from Galway’s harbour. (Indeed the moon does rise over the Claddagh and the sun does go down over Galway Bay.)