Friday 19 February 2016

Galway Bay Fences

On my visit to Ireland last year
I would love to have seen the sun go down on 
Galway Bay.

I realised later that one of the downsides
of being on an organised tour
is that things don't always work out the way we want.

If we are lucky enough to return to the
Emerald Isle
we will hire a car as there is so much more
we want to see and do.

Being a keen gardener I was hoping to see
Helen Dillon's world renowned garden
but the open days didn't coincide with our tour dates.

It was a happy surprise when now and then
our bus ventured down lovely old country roads!

I'm joining Tex for her 100th link up for Good Fences 


Thank you for visiting and your kind comments

Take care and
be kind to one another
à bientôt



  1. oh, look at the stone walls!!! be still my heart! :) thanks for these wonderful views - and hope you can return again. :)

  2. Dear Shane:
    Lovely photos of your visit and wonderful memories!

  3. Shane we can't rent a car there as we're over 70! We're planning to take public transportation when we can, then, if necessary, get a car and driver or take a taxi! Needless to say we'll be traveling light - something I find hard. Will just have to rough it - kinda like when I was on safari! Fortunately nobody knows me there in Ireland, and all Bob's family emigrated from Co. Kerry to the US - although I know he'd love to find some info on his great great grandparents (his father's side) so I'm sure we'll be searching the parish registers and such. . . . . in between visiting the pubs, lol!

    Hugs, Mary X

  4. Ireland is someplace I'd love to visit. I love stone walls, sheep, winding roads, old churches, hills, (all things I love about Yorkshire), so it's definitely on my list. And it is true that renting a vehicle gives you so much more freedom to get off the beaten path and explore. Beautiful photos.

  5. Thank you for letting us enjoy a small part of your tour.

  6. Ireland is on my "bucket list" so I have enjoyed seeing your Irish fences...they sure have a lot of rocks there!

  7. Lovely photos. If I do return to U.K. a visit to Ireland is a must as I have never been there.

  8. I think it's a good idea to visit with a group first and find out what you would like to see on a return visit. Wonderful views...and fences! Hugs, Diane

  9. Just the name, Galway Bay conjures up dreamy images. Lovely post!

  10. I love old country roads and the thrill of exploration so I know I would head down that one!

  11. Oh you have perfectly described the ups and downs of a guided tour. Those stone walls are beautiful and Ireland really is GREEN.

  12. A friend and I were just talking about Ireland yesterday, it's on her list of places to see.

  13. Hello Shane, my dear! Thank you for sharing those wodnerful Stonde Walls! I LOVE them and I so would love to have some small ones in my garden ..who knows, one day I will do this ;O)
    Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead, sending Love and hugs to oyu, my dear friend,
    Claudia xo

  14. Dearest Shane,
    There are always pros and cons when joining an organized tour.
    Indeed, one wants to linger at certain spots and do different things but that's impossible.
    Both, Pieter and I have worked as consultants all over Ireland, we gave seminars.
    But I can tell you that by doing so and racing through those lovely, narrow roads with sometimes sheep crossing... we could not enjoy it either. Way too fast, dangerously fast! Of course they had crammed in as many seminars as possible for using us to the max but there was absolutely no time to stop and smell the roses...
    Guess that will always be the case but as long as we can enjoy the moments that do come our way and remember the smells, the sounds and the food. Great thing is to have photos...

  15. Lovely Irish sceneries! Thanks for sharing Shane!

  16. My parents are from Galway and I have had many holidays there. I've never lived there but I feel homesick and miss it if I don't go back occasionally.

  17. Dear Shane, what special memories & photos of your time on our wee Island! I do hope you are able to visit again soon & find all those views & places to visit at your leisure.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Oh, I would love to go down that lovely road also. Where did it take you?

  19. Ireland is on the bucket list and photos like this are exactly why! How very, very lovely!

  20. thank you for sharing these photos of that beautiful countryside. Top of hubby's and my bucket list to see Ireland. I have heard from several people that hiring a private driver or renting your own car is the way to go.

  21. What a gorgeous sea of meadows, I love this wonderful island !
    Thank you dearest Shane for your always amazing pictures, have a most beautiful end of your week, sweet friend,
    sending love to you

  22. Do return to the Emerald Isle . . . rent a car . . . take off
    Our favorite thing to do in Ireland . . .
    The things we have discovered . . . amazing!
    Loved your stone fence for Theresa's 100th!



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