Monday, 26 March 2018

A Dry Journey To Water

On a short journey when going nowhere in particular we turn a corner and meet with a traffic jam
consisting of a nosey dog, a tractor driver and a postman exchanging news and we after sharing laughter, we receive a letter.

A rural traffic jam

The gable end of the Augustinian Priory in Lorrha, Co. Tipperary

We have a tranquil place to park on the banks of the River Shannon that tourists rarely find
and we never share.

I am always fascinated by the rapidly changing light of how its reflection sparkles 
on the surface of the water and the cloud formations too, all of which keep my camera busy.

So do you always carry a camera ?

Saturday, 17 March 2018


I just had to breakout and celebrate and as you can see Hazel over did it ... !

The best of Irish Ale -

With this Lady backing us how could we lose...


These lads came on as Champions and left as IRISH GODS !

Members of the disappointed English team.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Escape to The Hares Corner

After four days of being snowbound we finally managed to escape from the weather enforced confinement of our bijou home. Last night, the end of the fourth day, a mammoth tractor whose size very nearly filled the width of the road cleared away the mounds of accumulated snow drifts and our car was freed.

Our first call was to our nearest store, 6km away, to top up on essential supplies like fuel for the Bentley look-a-like, turf briquettes for the stove and an essential packet of MacVitie's digestive biscuits that most cuppa's need. We turned for home when a sudden idea came to me, 
"How's about we go for lunch in The Hare's Corner ?" 
Agreement from Mrs H came very swiftly and without hesitation.

No better place for good wholesome food !

In warm weather you can sit outside on the terrace and enjoy the warmth of the day.

The great man himself, Declan Furlong,
the Owner and Chef of Hare's Corner.

Hares abound at every turn. 
I have an idea that hares might be Declan's totem animal.

I believe that this building was once an Irish grain mill belonging to Odlum's Flour, 
hence the industrial steel columns, heavy beams and stone walls. 
As a restaurant it is a comfortable and an almost homely space to dine  
whether that be for a breakfast or lunch.

We do indeed need the 'Tonic of Wildness', especially after eating one 
of Declan's meals, then a good walk in the nearby Slieve Blooms provides 
the tonic of fresh air and exercise.

Alternatively you might do as I did and have a snooze in the chair alongside
a cosy turf fire and dream of walking in the wilds !