Friday, June 07, 2013

Irish Morning Ritual

The alarm goes off at 6am – quickly tie up the hair, throw on my clothes, tie up the shoes and out the door – the morning is waiting.

Get out early and find that quickly passing sunrise --- hurry! You might miss it!

This is truly the only time of day that really feels like it belongs to me.

Out of the door of the hotel, across the parking lot and to the sidewalk heading west….the sky gets lighter and above the trees to the east, the first morning rays.

There is a bit of nip in the air, and I am grateful for my  hoodie sweatshirt….but I won’t need it for long as I head up an incline following where the side walk leads.

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I spot this guy in the field….blow him a couple of kisses, and he comes trotting over!

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The morning sunshine greets us both!

He snuffles me, getting used to my scent and I give him a good ear scritching, and away I go---

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Which way do we go? I don’t know this area….but I choose to go right – further up hill.

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And there on the crest of a rise are the ruins of an old stone cottage, its thatched roof gone for centuries, only the stones remaining to tell the story of the family that called this dwelling HOME.

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Green fields edged with hawthorn trees--

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Hawthorn trees are in bloom everywhere ---they are so lovely!

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Lovelier still…a patch of wild daisies carpeting this gateway ---

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Faces turned toward the morning sunshine….we are all enjoying this morning!

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Further up the road, a little grotto behind a church – a parishioner stopping on bicycle to light a candle.

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YES! Lilacs are blooming in Galway!

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And so is the laundry!

There is a lake in the way background, but I don’t think you can see it in this photo ---

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This little guy was perched on a fence post at the end of a drive –I said good morning to him too!

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And look who came back over for more scritching on the way back to the hotel?!

It’s a good thing I headed straight to the shower, I was a bit horsey after giving this sweetheart some more love!   Love the small white star on its forehead ---We’ve visited this way the past two mornings –will we do it again tomorrow? I hope so! 

This morning classes start.  I can hear folks milling about the corridor getting ready to head down to breakfast…and my hair is still wet.  It’s time to get a move on this day --- now that I’ve had time for myself, I feel like I could take on the world….

Bring it on!

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Eccles said...

Bring it on!! Have a wonderful day! and thank you so very much for sharing the journey with me. Kisses and a scritch for the horse & a big hug for you ((XX))

Mickey Depre said...

Good Morning....on my way out for a walk too! I will not see any horses but I bet I will see a raccoon or two. There will be no scritching....lol.

Muv said...

Hello Bonnie,

Those are ox-eye daisies, they have only just come out. The hawthorn is also known as May blossom, (for obvious reasons) and is usually finished by now. Hawthorn smells gorgeous - just breathe it in, it's Heaven!

So glad you got out for your walk. Say a prayer for me next time you pass the Lourdes grotto, and I'll remember you and all the ladies on the trip with you.


Muv said...

PS I've been studying the road sign. Are you near Menlough, inland in County Galway, or are you just outside Galway city?

OconeeGreene said...

So delighted to read your morning venture! Maybe a carrot or sugar cube for the lovely horse before you leave? Beautiful thoughts you're sharing with us; THANK you!

kathyinozarks said...

what an awesome morning jog-thanks for sharing all the photos too

Julie Kennedy said...

What a beautiful way to start the morning. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Have a great day. Julie

Jan Duffy said...

Beautiful !! Thanks for sharing your experience


Pat Pearston said...

Early morning is the best time of day!! Thank you for sharing yours. It is beautiful. Enjoy your day! Pat

Deborah DeBerry said...

Beautiful day! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us! I can see the smile on your face and feel your joy in your posts. Enjoy your classes!!

Glady said...

Top of the morning to you, Bonnie! So happy to start my day with you! Your pictures and dialogue highlight small details that make me feel like I'm right there in Ireland. Love the little guy on the fencepost. It looks like he is writing, so perhaps he is an Irish poet. Enjoy your day!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

thanks for sharing photos that are a little off the beaten path - I love these kind - to actually see what the people living there see and not just the tourist stops.

Sharon Green said...

Thanks so much for sharing your Irish trip with me. I always enjoy our travels through these great posts and pictures. Have a wonderful day.

Barb66 said...

Thanks for the pictures, it was a great way to start the day while sitting inside in rainy NY.

Bj said...

I love living vicariously through your jaunts, I too think the horse would like a treat, but I'd bring him a apple, they love apples :) The flowers were amazing and I actually caught myself catching my breath at every picture, green is an amazing thing for we Arizonans ;) Enjoy your trip dear friend!

mascanlon said...

Oh what a lovely start to the day! Thanks for bringing us along.

Lynmar said...

Love traveling with you, your stories and pictures, especially the daisies, this morning. Now just need to follow your example, get away from the computer and go for a walk. Thank you for sharing :-)

queenie louise said...

Enjoyed the walk. Have a great teaching day!

Kim Andrews said...

I feel like I am there with you. Thanks for sharing!

Jodi said...

Yaaay, bonnie! thanks for sharing those photos - some day I WILL get to Ireland! I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute of your time there.

Material Girl said...

Have a great day Bonnie, and thanks for sharing your morning walk with it, looks like a lovely place.

Material Girl said...

....sharing your morning walk with us. (I Should preview before I hit publish)...

Gretchen Mcroberts said...

Enjoyed your entry this morning....took me to Ireland with you for several minutes! It is a wonderful feeling when you have that feeling of pure joy About the day ahead of you! Enjoy!

Karen said...

I've never been, but oh, the lilacs. Enjoy them for me. Have a great day.

Cindy, The Purple Quilter said...

LILACS!!!! My absolute favorite and they are in Ireland! Who knew! Love it!

joanne said...

Thanks for sharing bonnie. lilacs are in bloom here in Saskatchewan too .I am one that can bring them indoors many can't. oh the house smells lovely,enjoy every scritch and sniff you can! Safe travels.♡

sewnsew said...

Thanks for "taking me to Ireland" with you!!!!
HUGS!!! RAMONA from Maine!

Maureen said...

What a fun entry for all of us, Bonnie! Thank you. Someday I'll get to Ireland. I'll enjoy your trip now.

Liz said...

Wow, imagine what you would've missed had you slept in!! Thank you for sharing. I love your comments. Reminded me of the postcard writing in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. So poetic. :)

Tami C said...

It's great traveling with you. I especially especially like the daisies and the little guy on the fence post. Thanks for taking us along.

Lee said...

Thank you for sharing your morning walk, I could almost feel like I was right there with you, so refreshing, and peaceful. I'd be scratching & loving on that horse too!

JaneB said...

Feel like I'm there with you . . . Tis a fine mornin . . . Yes it's