Sunday, 9 September 2018

R and R

You may have noticed that I have been absent from the world of blogging for a considerable time and my excuse is that I accompanied Mrs H  who was exhibiting her artwork, for a little over 9 weeks, at The Loughcrew Megalithic Centre near Oldcastle in Co. Meath. It was very successful and we met a lot of interesting people from all over the world, as well as making lots of new friends and reconnecting with old ones.

Physically we both felt weary after the exhibition closed so we decided to treat ourselves to a bit of R and R to recharge our batteries.

We have a favourite place in which to do this, a world away from our habitat, a place that I can best describe as being an area of old wildness that is skirted by the sea, a place that has always revitalised us with it's gentleness.

Please enjoy the photos.
Tell me do you too have a favourite place where you recharge your inner battery ?



A refurbished Norman Towerhouse



A ladies bike with no sign of the owner and just to make sure that she had not
jumped into the sea I did take a look.



Seeing this oarsmen reminded me of a favourite piece of music, The Lonesome Boatman.



This old timer always catches my eye.



I'm not sure whether the yacht on the quay side has recently been removed from the water or if she has been there all summer. 

As for this green hulled boat I assume that it is a workboat of some kind or other.  
One thing is for sure it is the first craft I have ever seen to have exhaust pipes on 
either side of the wheelhouse.




A bird on the loose ?
Long ago, in a former occupation of mine, seagulls were known as being
re-incarnated Fleet Chief Petty Officers, others knew them as shite hawks.



Now here is a really tidy, neat and clean looking sloop to be proud of.



What about this elderly lady, isn't she in good shape for her age ?



I bet her owner is very proud of her !






22 comments:

  1. Welcome back ! Beautiful place where you recharge your inner batteries.
    I recharge mine best at home, wherever home is. Being such a homebody, that is not much of a surprise.

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    1. Good to hear from you Patricia. The sea or even the sight of it always strengthens us. Which is why we return over and over again to the same place.
      Thank you for commenting.

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  2. I believe that scene would have charge my batteries

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  3. I would love to live near the sea. Looks like you chose a beautiful place for your break.

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    1. I have to admit that the whole area fills me with vitality Sue.

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  4. R&R is so important and what a beautiful place to go to. Delighted to hear you enjoyed the exhibition sounds like a good time was had by all. I go to Scotland, in particular the western highlands to re-charge, but closer to home Buckfast Abbey is a truly tranquil place.

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    1. Thank you for your comments Suzie. The exhibition was wonderful in so many different aspects, the coffee was nice and strong, the food delicious, the staff were very obliging as to are the management.
      I visited Buckfast Abbey donkey years ago likewise the village of Buckfastleigh too - it all seems like a dream now.

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  5. Oh, Mr H … I am so thankful for this post, especially The Lone Boatsman … I remember this music very well, but never knew the title … Am delighted to hear it again … I have been preoccupied with healing my broken knee cap for 7 weeks now … and this 4 minute music selection is perfect for my 4 minute (indoor) rowing exercise … Hopefully in no time I can hopefully turn my 4 minute rowing misery into a 30 minute rowing victory … Thank you again, says this cat from Alberta, Canada.

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    1. Sorry to read about your broken knee cap, very surprised that they did not give you a replacement one, you will have to be very careful with it that arthritis does not develop in future years. Glad that you like that music, its a very haunting piece isn't it.

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  6. So beautiful. I wish I had a place that felt like that for me. Haven’t found that yet here in Spain.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Mitchell. The place that we visit for R&R is quietly popular for a lot of people.

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  7. R and R - anywhere really out in the country Heron. Although I lived and worked in the city most of my working life I am a country girl at heart and to be back in it isbliss.
    I loved the photographs and the music.

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    1. Many thanks Weave for your comment am glad that you enjoyed the the blog content.

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  8. Absolutely lovely. A well deserved break in a beautiful spot. No wonder you felt refreshed! My favourite way of recharging is to just be away on the boat in a place of nothingness. I expect you expected that of me, didn’t you, Mel? I love your new cover photo by the way. A marvellous image of you!

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    1. Thank you Val!
      The sound of the slap of water wether against a boats hull, dock side or a stony beach can have very therapeutic effect on busy minds. Mrs H took that photo of me outside of the exhibition hall and I could not help but send a wave to all of my friends.

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  9. Hi Mel - so good to know Mrs H had a good exhibition where you met old and new friends ... that's the best. While the post exhibition R&R essential to treat oneself ... so pleased you had a happy time - it looks quite gorgeous ... I'd go to the west of Cornwall ... for my R&R ... take care - cheers Hilary

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    1. Nice to hear from you Hilary !
      We had lots of visitors from all around the world, many of who recognised the folklore stories of the Cailleach behind paintings as being similar to those in their own cultures. So you can imagine just how exhilarating the exhibition was for us.
      I can understand why you would seek R and R in west of Cornwall for it has a beauty all of it's own.

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  10. I thoroughly enjoyed that post and it's good to see you back in Blogland. You asked whether we had a place to re-charge batteries. I find that I have more than one set of batteries and they need different chargers. Generally speaking my batteries are re-charged every time I look out of my windows (as I am in between sentences I type this) at the garden and the sea and the Scottish Mainland on the other side of The Minch (weather conditions permitting). Sometime my cultural batteries require a visit to an opera, concert or ballet (I listen to music every day but sometime the 'real thing' is required).

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    1. An interesting reply Graham, with a wide range of what recharges your batteries Graham. Many thanks.

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