What a spectacular day in Ireland. I spent the morning with the Lia Fail (the Stone of Destiny). The sun was shining and at the Hill of Tara I could see not quite all of Ireland.
Wow, what can I say about the Titanic Experience! Very moving. Of course, I like my friend and fellow critique mate, Marlene Dotterer’s version of the story in her SF/F Shipbuilder: The Time Travel Journals better as Thomas Andrews, the principle architect manages to implement more safety features, and he lives!
After a late dinner at Bushmills Hotel and Restaurant (due to a Saturday evening crowd and several festivals in the area), I made it back to the Causeway B&B to rest up for my venture into Belfast. First, though, I found the Beaghmore Stone Circles -this is the location for the northern dragon compound for the Tuatha Dragon Clan in The Keepers of Eire.
This is also where Grayson was hatched, and…
Finally made it into Belfast and my hotel-got all turned around, but a fella at the petrol station sorted me out.
I’ll try to see the Titanic Experience tomorrow before I head back into the Republic of Ireland.
I’ll just leave you with one more photo of the stone circles.
With the storms yesterday, I had a fabulous sunset from my lodging.
Got to see Martin and Paula again at Dan O’Hara’s. Martin is another favorite of mine from my previous trip, he is a wonderful storyteller (I put him in the book, as himself-he was thrilled to learn this). Of course I gave a personalized copy of The Keepers of Eire to him, and I left 2 signed copies in the gift shop.
Then I retraced part of my drive to take these photos of Grace O’Malley’s castle on Ballynahinch Lake (same castle the cannon is pointing to from my walk yesterday). These were taken in the early evening. Check out the cool reflection.
The next day, the weather changed from showers with sunny spells to a major rain storm that I tried to outrace on my way to Sligo. Got caught several times in very heavy rainfall (wish I could lasso the clouds and bring them back to drought-starved California).
I walked out to the site of the 3rd murder in The Keepers of Eire. Grayson kept me company. I even had a thought on how I wanted to write one of the scenes in book 2 while on this peaceful stroll.
Today I backtracked just a bit and dropped off a copy of The Keepers of Eire to Lehinch’s sister shop in Ennis. Then I headed to The Burren, and Poulnabrone, where the second dragon and rider murder takes place.
Next up, one of my favorite places-Ballynahinch Castle. But first, I needed to stop into O’Dalaigh Jewellers in Clifden to see Jonathan (he’s in the novel). The shop was quite busy, but I managed to purchase a couple things and chat with him. Forgot to get a photo though, perhaps tomorrow.
Here is the view from my room at Ballynahinch Castle-I have a river-level terrace.
Dinner in the bar was fabulous with a ribeye cooked to perfection, and for dessert-three samples of crime brûlée and a wee dram of oh-so-smooth Connemara whiskey. More from the lovely grounds here tomorrow. (The site of the third murder). The sun has set about an hour ago (9:30).