Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Streets of Adare!

We pulled into Adare mid afternoon on Sunday –A great little place for wandering, viewing blooming gardens, thatched roof dwellings that have been turned into shops, picking up some souvenirs and soaking in more of the lovely unseasonably warm sunshine.

And NEVER pass up an opportunity for local ice cream!  The rum raisin was to die for!

At some of these rest areas we are given about an hour to an hour and a half to wander ---it’s like letting the tourists out of the bus for recess!

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But which way should we go?

((I love seeing the street signs with names to places I’d only heard about before!))

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We could stroll through the lovely park ---

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Or go grab a quick bite to eat in a pub –but that would take up most of the allotted time!

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Let’s just walk --- up the road and find a very interesting thatched home….

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I don’t know if you can see but the porch rail and the beams are all tree limbs.  SO cool!

The lower porch roof has had a bit of repair work done on the upper right.  If you keep up with the roof repairs, it can last you 30 years!

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Loved the look of this building sitting at a crossroads.  I don’t think it’s “THAT” old, but it looks it!

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Cross the road and walk up the other side of the street!

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I love the rows of similar buildings, their chimneys all in a row like legos!

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And oh, the gardens!  Poppies as big as dinner plates!

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I LOVE the bright yellow window frames on this little thatched cottage!

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Same house, different angle…lovely flowers over the wall!

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But the piece de resistance as always in places rich in history are the churches!

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This is Holy Trinity  Abbey Church, and just wait til you see the inside!

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Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare Ireland 2013

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Ann Mary Wagner said...

I expect to see a quilt based on those beautiful floors very soon!! Thanks again for sharing your journey.

Faye said...

Bonnie, I have so enjoyed "touring" Ireland through your pictures. Such magnificent beauty, such history. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Enjoy the rest of your visit.

Aileen said...

Wow! Beautiful! Only a quilter would have taken so many pictures of the Church floor. Very inspiring! I was looking at them and trying to work out how to make the blocks! 20 years ago I would have just said nice floor and went back to looking at the windows. LOL! Thank you for the great pictures of Ireland from the eyes of a quilter!

Jan Duffy said...

Breathtaking...thanks for taking us along :)

Design Originals by KC said...

As I hand quilt I read your posts and imagine being there too frolicking across Ireland... as I sit in the comfort of my back porch :) Thanks for sharing so awesomely! Kathi

Linda K said...

You have taken some of the same pictures I took last year in Adare, but we missed the church, so THANK YOU for these wonderful snapshots, especially the floors! I did that same thing at St Colman's in Cobh. What luck to have the sunny days for your trip!!

Muv said...

Hello Bonnie,

Adare - been there years ago, passing through. You must love being able to wander around. It's wonderful being able to look at the scenery from the coach, but you need the fresh air, and it's very fresh in Ireland!

Houses all joined together are called terraced houses, or you can just call them terraces. The roofs are mainly of Welsh slate, which was exported from North Wales. You will see terraced streets like the ones you show not only in Ireland, but also in Britain, particularly along the West coast.

Will you cross the Atlantic more often, please? You would not believe the dramatic improvement in the weather. It is just over three weeks ago that it was so cold that we got our woodburner going in the back room and lit a coal fire in the front room, and I started treadling just to keep warm.


Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Bonnie, I eagerly check your blog each day for a glimpse of my friend, Carol, in your slide show. I've seen her a couple of times and know she is having a wonderful time with your group!!

My great grandfather was an Irishman, so I'm enjoying seeing the countryside and villages of my ancestors.

Your photos are spectacular!!!

L. Diane Colvin said...

So wonderful, thank you for sharing------------visiting Ireland is the last thing on my 'bucket list' that I have not been able to do yet!

Tami C said...

Loved all the pictures! So nice to be able to see such beautiful things. I really liked the yellow windows too!

Frances said...

Great to read your posts in the same time zone as the UK. Thanks for sharing your trip - you have had the luck of the Irish regarding the weather!

Andee said...

Absolutely breathtaking! My daughter is currently traipsing around Europe (Italy today) and with this pictures and yours I feel I am on a world tour! Thanks Bonnie! (I am secretly hoping a future mystery is inspired by this trip!)