The view out of our kitchen window really is like an ever-changing screen – we never get sick of it.
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It would have been a beautiful trip back to the mainland on the ferry or the plane today for all the Tedfest merry-makers who were over on the island of Inis Mor last weekend.
There was hardly any wind today and the water around the ferry port was welcoming all types of birdlife.
Ducks surfing …
Not sure what these little fellas are called but they were very business like in their manner. No time for frolicking in the surf for these two …
The sea rescue boat must have been out practising because I don’t think there was any need of sea rescues today.
And who are these two shadowy figures?
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At the end of an early-morning Skype call I had for work this morning, one of the people I was Skyping with asked me whether or not it was still dark. I opened the curtains to find this view!
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If you ever go across the sea to Ireland
Then maybe at the closing of your day
You will go and see the moon rise over Claddagh
Or see the sun go down at Galway Bay.
And now for some photography from Jack …
Heading home through the village
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Like all the other shores that we’ve explored on Inis Meáin, the shore from the windmills to the edge of the cliffs was stunning to look at and interesting to explore.
From the top of the island
Maria’s trusty bike
Dún Chonchúir (Conor’s Fort) which dates to pre-Christian times.
Note the short sleeves!
Looking out in the direction of New York.
Looking out towards Inis Oírr
Lonely little grave with a beautiful monument.
Very happy with my new rock-walking shoes with extra grip. We’ve nick-named them Maximus Agrippas.
Plenty to explore. The seashells make up most of the shore.
Stunning rock pools of perfection.
And more rocks – naturally set and turned into walls by humans long ago.
We’re enjoying taking it all in. Feeling very lucky to be here with each other.
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The walk and ride we took on Sunday afternoon turned into quite a long one – about 4 hours. Along the way, Jack put a piece of drift wood to good use.
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On our windmill walk, of course we met a few more Inis Meáin animals. All special in their own way, even if some of them only have a few little teeth left.
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From the side of the island where the windmills are, there is an excellent view straight across to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.
These cows look like they were admiring the view. We certainly were too.
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On Sunday afternoon, we rode across to the other side of the island where the three windmills stand tall. They provide the island with some of its electricity and they also power the desalination plant that supplies the island residents with fresh water.
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This morning, we woke to a sparkling day, again. We have been so lucky with the weather. A few days of rain, wind and mist but then days like today come along! The sea was deep blue and the whole island was sparkling in the sun. The white houses looked especially bright.
There was no way we were staying indoors today.
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