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Is it a load of old Blarney

Kissing the stone

sunny 14 °C
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Camped at Blarney not far from Cork, caught up on my laundry and sought out some cycle and walking routes.

Blarney Castle had to be done, however it is a tourist trap, very nice castle and grounds though I must say.

I joined the queue of tourists, or as we were described pilgrims, to climb the winding stone tower stairs to kiss the legendary stone. You have to conquer your fear as you are asked to perform an advanced yoga move to lay down and hold on for your life as you lean back to kiss the stone upside down, of course I may have dramatised this a little, but it really did leave me a little weak at the knees.

I am still encountering the butterfly, and had chance to have a butterfly story from an Irish girl in the pub, without any prompting. She has a butterfly in her bedroom that will not leave, she has taken it out twice into the garden and let it go, but it has on both occasions returned and settled into the corner of the ceiling above her bed. We discussed at length if this could be a spiritual visit, however she could not think who it would be, but she agreed that it seemed to her to be very spiritual.

A famous saying says: Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Only press on: no feeling is final. This feels apt this last week.

Dawn arrives next week, so planning the trip up the West Coast of Ireland, known as the Wild Atlantic Way, this will be interesting as many campsites close at the end of October. But I have options, lets see how long it is before we end up in a luxury B&B. :)

Camp site news, why place 35 sleepers down gently into the trailer when you can throw them - If I could strangle him I would.

Observation: When the sun is out a paying camper wants to sit out and relax reading a book, the campsite manager wants to quickly strim and mow as it will be the last chance he gets before winter sets in or the site closes, and yes this has happened at every camp site so far.

Travel news:
Excited for Tuesday as I am going to Cork and can officially drive in the bus lane - yeh
Diesel here is around 10 euros cheaper than unleaded - remember them days?
A car wash token only washers half a Motorhome !
Don't drive a large vehicle down an Irish road marked L****
Take no notice of the weight restrictions on car ferries - it is just a vague guide (this is what the ferry man said)

Posted by tjcampergirl 12:53 Archived in Ireland Tagged castles butterflies spiritual

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