Our trip to the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Nov 4-14, 2010
Dingle Street Map
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Friday, November 12
I slept fitfully since I was still under the influence of the Zomig I'd taken and had slept too much in the afternoon. I woke up at 8:30 and got up at 9:30.
It was another bleak day (good thing we LIKE bleak days!) but when KC got up, he saw a rainbow, and went outside to take some pictures:
I tried to make hard-boiled eggs but couldn't remember the recipe and it was too early to call my guru, Em.
I covered them with water, brought them to a boil, and then removed them from the heat. How many minutes should I leave them in the hot water? After three, I peeled one and the white was still goopy so I gave them another two minutes and tried again. They were still goopy! After 10 minutes the whites were finally set but now the yolks were hard as a rock! I wonder what I did wrong.
When he came back in, KC cooked the rest of the sausages and potato cakes. For dinner we planned to cook the burgers Phil had left for us with the leftover potatoes, onions, and peppers, the aduki beans, and brussels sprouts in a mustard cream sauce so I started soaking the beans. We had bought pasta, too, but that would have been too much food!
Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park
Tomies Oakwood in Killarney National Park
Ring of Kerry ( Valencia Island, Fogher Cliffs and Geokaun Mountain)
Our list of things to do was dwindling and all that were left were whole-day trips. KC had work to do and couldn't afford to be gone that long so we decided to make this a local day. I really wanted to go back to the Holden Leather Goods factory we'd visited last year and get a bag like the one Elke bought. I've been looking for something similar ever since and haven't found anything even close. I contacted them before we left and they said they did have another one in stock (last year, Elke had bought the last one they had).
Dingle Harbor and location of Holden Leather Goods Factory:
The long and winding road to Holden Leather Goods Factory:
KC was on a tight deadline – he needed to get to the Internet café by 1:00pm – so I promised to be quick and he agreed to drive me there. When we arrived, the house cat went right up to KC, did figure eights around his legs, and purred to beat the band! KC played with the cat while I bought my bag – a gorgeous crocodile-embossed black leather tote – and then we were back on the road to Dingle. I actually couldn't have stayed long even if I'd wanted to because I am allergic to that cat!
Animals love KC!
My Klingon friend, John, said these pictures reminded him of this YouTube clip clip, from the movie The Last Unicorn, and I had to agree! It even looks like the same cat!
Dingle Street Map
After we left Holden Leather Goods, KC went into the Internet café (which is at the bottom of Main Street, near the The Mall, and across from An Droichead Beag) while I went off to do some last minute shopping. We agreed that we would have a late lunch at Lord Baker's restaurant when he was done.
On Green Street, I picked up some gorgeous water-color greeting cards by Dingle artist June McIntyre , and some ceramic Ogham horoscope pendants, at
Dingle Art Works
At Lisbeth Mulcahy , I bought an alpaca scarf for KC in lavender and grey, and one for his father in black and tan.
When the woman in Lisbeth Mulcahy asked about my (new) bag and I told her I'd gotten it at the Holden Leather Goods factory she told me that she used to work there! She also said that they were having financial troubles, like many other retailers in the area, and might not be in business next year. I was glad I'd done my part to avert that. I will be really sorry if they do fold because the quality of their work is outstanding. So, please, if you visit Ireland, buy something from the Holden Leather Goods factory! It rained off and on while I was walking around sometimes quite hard but never for long. My new bag was a very stylish way to protect my new purchases, especially the greeting cards, and it was large enough to hold everything!
Finally, at Dingle Crystal , I choose two glasses in their newest pattern, Solus , which looks like tongues of fire, for KC to vet. The pattern will coordinate with with my old favorite, Dingle Flame, and I thought the Iced Beverage Glass would be perfect for beer….
I looked in at a jewelry store up the road, Niamh Utsch and fell in love with her work. Unfortunately, the shop was closed for the week but I will definitely stop by on our next visit.
Walking along Main Street I noticed that the light was on in Siopa Ceoil an Daingen so I went in and, lo and behold, I had caught Catriona during the 5 mintues she'd nipped in to collect the mail. We talked for a few minutes and then went our separate ways. I was so glad to have seen her, though, even if it were only for a few moments.
When KC was done working he met me at Dingle Crystal and approved my choice – two Solus beer glasses, and agreed that we should get the frosted version as it makes the pattern really stand out. We also bought KC a Kerry Freedom of the Road biker's t-shirt. The t-shirts Sean sells are the same stellar quality as his crystal – thick and luxurious.
Solus Beer Glasses, frosted
It was after 2:00pm now and the Lord Baker's restaurant, where we had planned to have lunch, closed at 2:00pm so we went to The Goat Street Café instead. I have wanted to eat there for the past two years – they serve organic fare – but they had always been closed when we'd been close. KC and I shared a delicious potato-and-leek soup, he had a bacon-leek-and-cheddar tart with a salad, and I had the lamb tagine. Everythng was delicious but it was a lot of food so I took most of the tagine home. KC had a glass of shiraz with his meal but we skipped coffee and dessert (although the latte being consumed by the gentleman at the table next to us looked delicious).
Potato Leek Soup
Bacon Leek Tart
While we were eating, KC read an article in the paper which said that there had been some damage from the weekend's storm in parts of the country, particularly around Connemara and County Mayo. On our way home we passed a car which had the sun roof open and A DOG'S HEAD WAS STICKING UP OUT OF IT, ENJOYING THE BREEZE! It was the funniest thing! The dog was in heaven!
When we returned to the cottage KC went upstairs to take another call (I did say this was a bad time for him to be away – he spent too much time working when he should have been relaxing) while I had a cup of coffe and finished my book.
When KC came back down, I started cooking dinner: the beans went into a pot with garlic, cumin, oregano and habanero (I brought the habanero with me). While they were cooking, I halved the brussels sprouts, sautéed them in ghee and then simmered them with a bit of water while I mixed the old cream-which-was-now-butter with some milk and hot mustard powder (I brought the mustard powder with me, too; we love spicy food). I poured the cream mixture over the sprouts and turned the heat to low.
Meanwhile, KC pre-cooked the potatoes. He took another call at 8:30 and then sautéed the potatoes with onions and peppers. He was going to add Phil's burgers but realized that we had way too much food! I washed the cilantro and sprinkled it over the beans. The entire meal was delicious, if I say so myself, but we had a lot of leftovers.
I never did get through to An Droichead Beag but, in retrospect, it wouldn't have made any difference who was playing tonight because we couldn't have gone anyway.
Around 11:00pm it started to hail and the lights flickered so we lit 2 candles. KC was upstairs on another call. At 11:30 the lights went out entirely. I took all 3 candles upstairs and, when KC finished his call, we got 2 more storm candles from the cabinet over the microwave but, even with 5 candles, the room was dark (it's a big room!) so I went to bed.
We didn't clean up the mess in the kitchen because 1) we didn't want to open the fridge door and 2) the hot water generator was off. KC stayed up and read. When the lights came back on around 1:15am they did so intermittently and caused the heat control to buzz (probably because the timer was now set incorrectly). He couldn't figure out why so he turned it from timed to constant.
EOD cribbage score: KC=11 BH=7
A NOTE ON THE MAPS
Most of the maps I posted here were created using screen caps from MapQuest and Adobe Photoshop. I found that MapQuest had more detail, especially in the shoreline, than Google. But, neither MapQuest nor Google was detailed enough for our nature hikes so those maps I created by scanning the Ordnance Survey maps we use when we were hiking and then photoshopping the scanned images together. Please do not rely solely on my maps if you travel to this area -- buy your own Discovery Series Ordnance Survey Maps they are invaluable.
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