We are coming to the end of our last day in Ireland! We’ve experienced so much in this trip but yet it somehow feels like we just got here yesterday.
- It’s amazing how hard it is to pick back up with a musical instrument if you neglect it for a few years.
We had a wonderfully unscheduled day for our last day in Ireland. We woke up and had breakfast around 9:00am, then Barb, John, John’s sister and their mom went into town for groceries and a visit with family while we got ready for the day. When I walked into the living room, John’s dad had a violin in one hand and a bow in the other. We took turns trying to play songs from memory for a while, and talking about music.
Afterwards, John’s dad, Katie and I went for a drive to the Hill of Tara, where a long time ago the King would sit and look out over the land. Before leaving, we each got an ice cream cone called a 99 Cone. It’s a soft serve ice cream cone with a stick in it made of flaky chocolate. On the way home we made a point to drive past Killeen Castle so that we could see it.
When we got home Barb, John, Katie and I went over to visit the neighbors and chatted for a bit before returning home to make dinner and socialize with John’s cousin Emmanuel and his wife Suzanne. Dinner was chicken with a white wine sauce, brocolinni, potatoes, salad with cheese, tomatoes and bacon, garlic mushrooms and Black Forest cake for dessert. It was a very good meal, but bittersweet because it was our last. Now we are sitting down with a cup of tea and packing up a few final things before having to leave the house at 6:00am to drop the car off and make it through immigration for our 9:25am flight. I am definitely going to miss it here!