Leaving Ballyvolane (Boo)

It is fitting that, this morning, it is pouring rain.

She had a huge Irish breakfast:  yogurt, lashings of cream, whole milk, rich coffee, stewed pears and prunes, huge nutty Irish bread, soft butter, fresh orange juice, poached egg — yes, amazing how all of that could fit into self’s not-so-teensy anymore tummy.

There are some really fantastic books here, so self inquired whether there was a bookstore roundabouts, and she was told there is one in the nearby town of Fermoy.  Here’s one she enjoyed browsing through:


Self has never heard of Darina Allen, but learns she is the founder of the Ballymolae Cooking School.

Where can self sign up?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Split-Second Story Eight: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

It has been heaven here, absolute heaven.

She was greeted upon arrival by Justin Green, one of the two co-owners, just two nights ago.

Her trip continues.

Self moves today to a place in the city of Cork itself, a wee bed-and-breakfast called Café Paradiso.

On the Grounds of Ballyvolane House, County Cork:  This MUST be a goat.

On the Grounds of Ballyvolane House, County Cork: This MUST be a goat.

The path was muddy, the soil clay-like in consistency.  Ireland really IS a bog.

The path was muddy, the soil clay-like in consistency. Ireland really IS a bog.

Self came across a sign that told a sad, sad story of a dastardly murder committed in these parts (in the long-ago eighteenth century).  The perpetrators were summarily executed, one by hanging/drawing/quatering.  The other was accused of being a witch and burned at the stake. The place was subsequently known as “The Hag’s Cross.


This morning, pouring rain, boo.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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