naurwenseaflame: (Ireland - Hill of Tara)
Loughcrew Gardens... including fairies! :)
Loughcrew Gardens... including fairies! :)

Here's a proof: A Geranium fairy! :D
The Loughcrew gardens are lovely - a wide area to walk in, not to crowded with plants, but just... really nice. And a lovely little house by the entrance with homemade food and unique and unusal little things to buy, such as special fairy cards, natural cosmetics, books... :)

The Gate To...
The Gate To...

... the old walled garden which nowadays is a field for horses...

A Most Mysterious Statue...
A Most Mysterious Statue...

... is it just me or does this strange statue generally wake the urge to think of a story to tell about it??? I think it's beautiful - as it is now.

A beautiful Tree...
A beautiful Tree...

... and one of many there :)


I find these so cheerful! :)

And Water, too...
And Water, too...

This is how I'd imagine *my* garden... this and lots of herbs etc. added to it. :)

Another proof...
Another proof...

... of fairies in those gardens... :)

Marta in the Woods
Marta in the Woods

*grin* This tree just so much *wanted* to have someone to climb around it... :)

Roarr @ photographer
Roarr @ photographer

LOL. I don't know if I really intended to look like I'd attack anytime soon... :D Maybe if I apply for a new job somewhere I should use THIS photo? What do ya think?

More Flowers
More Flowers

Have I mentioned it was a wonderful, hot, sunny day?


I caught someone munching! :)

The Eiffel Tower...
The Eiffel Tower...

... actually stands in the Loughcrew Gardens. Didn't you know? LOL
I've no clue WHY it stands there. And I forgot to ask *smacks forehead*.
And the human being standing right beside it is my mum. :D

I hope you've enjoyed this walk through the Loughcrew gardens?
Next photos will be of Loughcrew itself... as in where the ancient sites are. The hill itself is also called the *Hill of the Witch*. :)
And we caught such an amazing sunny day for our trip to there. For the last (and first) time we'd been there it had been grey-ish and a bit rainy (though not too bad), so this time we got the most amazing views down from the hill!
More next time!  :)

naurwenseaflame: (Ireland - Newgrange - Meathiel)

Knowth The Sun Stones
While Newgrange is the main site people want to visit in the Boyne Valley area, Knowth is the second one and just as interesting, though different... It consists of one huge site and several smaller ones such as the one in this picture, plus some more... let's call them *features*... :)
The Sun Stones
White Quartzite as the dictionary tells me... in Irish (and I don't remember the words *sigh*), translated, it's called *Sun-Stone*. Those stones were either placed as a path around the major big site OR they were its wall - one doesn't know. Knowth's stones were put up as a path, while Newgrange's were re-built into its wall, so you can see both solutions nowadays...
The big site of Knowth Boyne River
The big site of Knowth
From afar... comparing with those two visitors you can see how large it is!
Boyne River
... which flows through the Boyne Valley... and is connected to the Goddess Boann... whose home Newgrange is... :)
The triple spiral of Newgrange The entrance to Newgrange
The triple spiral of Newgrange
The most famous ornament of all those sites... and also the symbol of the BrĂș na Boinne Centre which is the entrance to visiting these two sites. It's one of my favourite ornaments.
The entrance to Newgrange
Here you can see the entrance stone which I find really amazing and beautiful... as well as the entrance itself AND the *window* above which lets the sun come in on the days of and around the Winter Solstice. The memories of last year when we were there!!!! *aw*
An ornamented stone of Newgrange Newgrange and the Sky...
An ornamented stone of Newgrange
It's difficult to photograph those as the ornaments are actually best seen when the stone's wet. Speaking from experience. LOL. This one is somewhere at the back of Newgrange.
Newgrange and the Sky...
No, it wasn't about to rain like mad, we had nice weather when we were there. The sky just decided to put up a dramatic show for this photo. :D
Newgrange from afar
Newgrange from afar
... again so you can see how big it is. The *things* on the right are *huge* standing stones and the tiny little spot between them and Newgrange is a human (? well, you never know, do you? LOL).

Nowadays when we're in Ireland, staying in a cottage somewhere we're never really out of civilization, but let's just say making holidays this way is a bit on the less touristic side. Now... if you visit a place like Newgrange you sort of have to mentally prepare yourself to get into the *flood of tourists*, good and bad.
So... while I LOVE these sites, I visit them over and over again, on the other hand you have no chance to spend some quality time there. You visit them and you've about 40 minutes to stay at each site - includes a guided tour where you're in a group. You're always given a tiny bit of time to explore for yourself, but yeah... it's not the same.
That's why I treasure visiting lesser known sites such as Loughcrew, Drombeg, Carrowmore, Knocknarea, etc.
And on Tara many tourists get bored as for them there's *not enough to see* and even if they stroll a bit further you can still escape them by just... walking even further away. LOL

We went to Knowth and Newgrange in the Boyne Valley together with my penpal Evelyn who's Irish and who I met up with. Yey! :D
And we were lucky not to be in too bad tourist groups. Sometimes some are really awful but there most people were nice and actually interested which is always a plus. We also had very good guides.

It was strange standing inside Newgrange again - it brought back memories of having been there for the Winter Solstice last year. THE memories. You remember mum had won us 2 places to spend the morning inside Newgrange to welcome the Sun? I just couldn't help and grinned like a looney while we were inside Newgrange now again. LOL

Later that evening we also visited Tara - and spent some real quality time there. :) Quality time for pagans and witches that is. :)
I can highly recommend going there in the very late afternoon or evening.
Maybe not on Samhain. I'm not sure what's going on there in the late hours. ;)

Here's a link to a FAB webpage:

Telling about Newgrange, Knowth and all the other Irish sites!
Questions? Ask. :)
naurwenseaflame: (Ireland - Hill of Tara)
Hmh, I'm SLOWLY getting there as how to post photos on here so they don't leave the entry halfways empty. Fingers crossed!

Today... it'll be mainly photos of our visit of the National Stud & their Japanese Gardens and gardens in general...
I'd read about this place somewhere online and thought it would be interesting... :D
And so it was!
It's a huge area, near the Curragh which is the horse racing area not too far from Dublin. The Curragh itself looked very impressive. We drove by and it's HUGE. It was empty right then and I couldn't really take photos on the way...

On we went then and after a bit of some yumminess to eat we visited the Japanese Garden of the stud - it's really beautiful and I liked its concept a lot. You start walking along a path and first you come to a small cave which is called the cave of birth. The path itself symbolizes the path of life. And so you walk on and on through this beautiful garden, following paths of childhood etc. then to the path of love... to the *engagement bridge*... etc. In the photos here you can see the Honeymoon Path. :)

Further then, after the garden, there are the wide meadows and fields where the horses have their homes. :)
It's a wonderful place to just walk, walk, walk. And you get away from the tourist crowd easily - which was badly needed as there were some annoying ones right when we arrived. Phew! :)
You can have a guided tour, but we didn't take that one as we wouldn't really have had the time and we'd rather wanted to just walk on our own and see a little more then. Thus we came across this meadow with 3 mares with their foals. Aw!
They were shy first, not coming any closer at all, but then their curiosity got the better of them and one by one they came to us to have a closer look at their visitors. :D I could have stayed there for ages. :)

The Honeymoon Path...

... in the Japanese Garden of the National Stud of Ireland. :)

The Honeymoon Path...

Green, Green, Green...

I love this view of the small lake in the Japanese garden...

Green, Green, Green...

Mum on her way... :)

She alawys chooses the unusual paths to follow. :D

Mum on her way... :)

Mum and baby Horses :)

They were lovely... and in the end very nosy. While shy at first in the end almost all of them came to us to have a closer look. :D

Mum and baby Horses :)

Play with Me!

This foal was so playful. I think if it could have gotten out of there it would have tumbled right into me hopping around excitedly. It was so sweet!

Play with Me!


... glittering in the sun


The Cullen Bar

Ha! I had to take a pic of this one! Seems as if there's a Finbarr Cullen that we Twilighters haven't heard about, yet. Hmh! ;D

The Cullen Bar

Well, the last photo... hahah! :D As we can see the vampire family has spread out to Ireland... ;)

Today, when we had 30°C and it was really roasting hot I thought back of the lovely summer days INCLUDING fresh breezes we had in Ireland. *that* climate is certainly perfect for me. :)
And the rain now and then definitely adds to the excitement. LOL

naurwenseaflame: (Twilight - Livejournal)
And here goes my first offical entry... and some mainly fun photos:

We had a good journey, good flight, everything went really well. Got our car super-fast, almost didn't find it as now you have to pick up the rental cars in a parking building near the airport and let's just say it's kind of hidden. We had a silver Nissan Micra which worked a treat - and we spotted this type of car over and over again all over Ireland. Must be a favourite? It looks smaller on the outside, but actually a lot fits in. Our luggage certainly did. :)

We drove to the first house we had rented... and got SO LOST!
You really need a navigator there. Once you know your way you're just fine, but searching the house for the first time... no chance.
The lady who owns it knew we were on the way and called me to ask if we were nearby and I was like yeah, in the village you told me NOT to go to. LOL. We really ended up there. So she came by car to pick us up. I guess she found it just as hilarious. :D
Some tea was awaiting us... and a really large but cosy and lovely house. I'd take that one anytime! Plus big spacious gardens and all *on your own*. No neighbours directly nearby yet you're not really far away from the next village (...) or main road. Handy!

In the morning, Sunday, we discovered we had a couple of cats to adopt.
The lady had warned us there were cats, wild-ish ones that her husband actually fed and looked after a bit. Figured out there were 3 fluffy white cats, one without a tail, one big-ish one and then a slender one. All of them too shy to be touched but nosy enough to peer into the kitchen, especially since there was a small bowl for them by the kitchen door anyway.
So... Nurdhegilwen's familiar with adopting-cats-for-a-week-in-Ireland - we did just that. LOL.
Some while later I discovered 2 kitten in the shed behind the house - one white and one - BLACK!!! :D SO cute. Unfortunately I've no photos of them as they were well hidden and the slender cat which I soon called *mum* was always guarding them, but I saw them play a couple of times. AW!
The big cat seemed to be the guardian of the house as he mostly slept by the kitchen door and usually was the first one to visit us as soon as someone started strolling around the house in the morning. >^.^<

Here go pics:

1st week - 1st house: My Bed *our* Cats
1st week - 1st house: My Bed

I had to take a photo of it because it just looked rather nice... :) AND it was super-comfy! :D *misses it*
*our* Cats

How many do you spot? :D
Close up Meow Narnia in the Garden?
Close up Meow

They were too shy to be touched, but still adorable and one of them which I think was a male kept on guarding our house. :)
Narnia in the Garden?

Well... you never know, right? :D
Our Car, our Bear, our Tiger... Boots!
Our Car, our Bear, our Tiger...

LOL, the bear's mum's (yes, it's a teddybear dressed up as a gingerbread-man LOL), the tiger's mine. They were posing during the whole holiday. Here they're showing off our lovely (rented) silver (no, not a Volvo, sorry) Nissan Micra. :D

We had to buy some definitely-waterproof boots for the falconry lesson, so here they are... :) In the end we had to leave them in Ireland. They were really heavy and also big, no space in our luggage... but they should have a good home by now - we gave them to the lady who owns the 2nd house we rented and she found them lovely. :)
THE Restaurant of Navan Synchro Swans
THE Restaurant of Navan

You love Indian Food? You are in Ireland? Preferably near Navan? You'd like to visit a drool-icious restaurant? Here it is!!! *waves @ Nicole!!!*
Synchro Swans

You won't believe when I say that I actually WAITED for them to do something else than scratch their tums for ages... both at the same time... in the end I gave up and took THIS photo instead. :)
Mini-Birdie Natural Beauty

Who spots the Robin? :D
Natural Beauty

This one was really unusual - I've definitely not seen any such flower before.

Sunday was a tiny drama-day as Ed discovered one of the car's tires was losing air. I called the lady asking if she knew where we best could get that fixed and well, she came over along with her son who grabbed the tire and went off in search for *someone to fix it on a Sunday*. Bless them for their help!!!
In the meanwhile we were told to *go somewhere and enjoy the day* so we went to the next town to do some food shopping and also to visit a small local market that sold yummy homemade jams, scones, cheese, veggies and... small packs of scrabooking crafty things. They were thrown in between the scones. LOL.
So it was a bit of a lazy shopping Sunday *only* but way ok for us as all three of us were really tired after tough times at work and then travel-Saturday...

Arrived back at the house and got our tire back immediately, fixed by whoever for 7 Euro only. Woooooooooooh! :D

Well, and my next entries will be more adventurous, I promise. ;)

Um, can anyone tell me why LJ leaves such a huge empty space between my texts BEFORE the pics? In EVERY post??? :(

naurwenseaflame: (Ireland - Hill of Tara)

The Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren, Ireland Hello everyone!!! *collective hug*

I couldn't resist posting a first entry tonight... and adding some photos... I took so many and I tried to make a fun selection for you (*waves @ meathiel LOL*)... I will write more and post more photos. We had an amazing time and there will be lots to share both here and also with my dear coven sisters & brother. I hope you'll enjoy these first ones... And also: I will try to get back on track with LJ as quickly as possible, but I've no idea what work will be like (hahah, awful, yes, but HOW awful?), I'll do my best. :)

-- this is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren area, Ireland
Me and my Owl Me and my Owl

We got introduced to this little lovely during our falconry lesson by the Newgrange Falconry. She's amazing! And her feathers are so soft! More information to come. :)
A Beauty in the Flowers A Beauty in the Flowers

... taken at the Burren Perfumery garden... in the Burren. :)
Mum and her new best Friend Mum and her new best Friend

do I need to say more? LOL. She just loves cuddling plants.
Faces in the Sky Faces in the Sky

... and one evening, they just looked down... I don't know what they were searching for...
Do you see the faces? It was quite something to view!!!
A Happy Kitty... A Happy Kitty...

... at the Burren Perfumery... :D
A Path To The Past... A Path To The Past...

... which it really was for me, but that'll be something to share on a more personal level.
This is a re-building of a Crannog, a dwelling in a lake, only accessable via this bridge.
Me hiding... Me hiding...

... or trying to. ;)
And then She divided... And then She divided...

... the plants. LOL. At the Burren Perfumery Gardesn.
This be MY lamp! This be MY lamp!

near Tara... let's just say the birds there are fun. :)
A Wild Ride... A Wild Ride...

we really had a WAY wild ride to the smalles of the Aran Islands, Inishere. The waters got even wilder than here, which was when I had to stop taking photos and simply held on so I wouldn't be tossed around the boat. Let's just say WOW. I can't stand rollercoasters, but THIS was quite something. :D
Casting Shadows... Casting Shadows...

... at the Burren area... I love this area. I could spend weeks there and still find new places and things to see. You just want to sit down there and simply spend time there...
And yes, this shadow is me. :)
I'll get you! I'll get you!

This would be mum chasing Ed around the car. He was teasing her endlessly, so she started chasing him around and around the car... LOL
Sun Sun

I love how the Sun creates the most amazing pictures like this... including the rainbow-arrow in this one. :)

Marta - Naurwen


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