Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ireland, One Photo at a Time

Ireland is more than a place on a map, or a country in Western Europe.  For those of us who love this little bit of green heaven on earth the pictures of the countryside can create a longing, and much like the Irish music that echos from the pubs and homes and is almost inhaled by all who live in this grand North Atlantic island it can create such a craving to revisit this place again and again.

The picture below was taken on the day we went to the Rock of Cashel.  We walked the roads to the Rock, and back to the town below.  Cashel is a whole experience in itself but the town and surrounding fields in April was such a beautiful experience for me.

So, here's a little piece of Ireland for you.  It's a lovely taste of the place - from me, to you.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Exploring Mysteries

The summer is made for reading.  I'm not much of a beach person since I burn easily so my preferred place to take in a book is my recliner, or my bed.  Beside each there is a stack of at least three books. You see, I love to sit and read, sometimes for hours.

This summer is a continuation of my mystery addiction that has continued for about a year.  I just finished the last of Charles Todd's WWI Ian Rutledge books.  Good stuff!  I am wandering right now looking for a new book or book series that will capture my attention.  I've done quite a few, but often find myself reading to the middle and then either quitting because it's so bad, or skipping parts to get to the end.  Bad, eh?

I have read so many really good ones that it's hard to read that which does not measure up in my opinion.  I have to admit I enjoyed the last book by Kathy Reichs.  Bones to Ashes was a very good yarn!  I'm not usually much for the modern mystery, but this one I couldn't figure out and it told a fabulous pre-story that captured my attention from the beginning.  I love the series Bones (based on her books) on TV, and am finding the books, though not the same at all, to be very engaging.  From what I've read about the readers and lovers of the show I'm a true rarity since I love both the books and the series.

As you can tell the summer is not for escape reading for me!  I simply love a good read at any time!