We bid farewell to Tralia House amid a small crisis of a flood in the laundry room. We hope the next tenants have a fine a time as we had there. Despite the flooding, Áine and Liam were gracious and accommodating. They snapped our photo outside the house and allowed us to take a photo of them, making us first promise not to put it on the Internet as they were outfitted for cleaning and not a photo shoot.
We drove north to the Shannon River, hoping to visit Glin Castle. We drove up and down the road, and only glimpsed at the castle. We are not sure how to actually visit it. (It seems that it is a hotel now)
We then took the ferry over the Shannon River from Tarbert in Co. Kerry to Killimer in Co. Clare and drove north to our next cottage. After a few hours of driving along the Atlantic coast we arrived at Parkduff Cottage. Gregory Rynne, the host of Parkduff Cottage sent me excellent directions in an email, but we were not sure how we’d meet up with him to actually get into the cottage. Luckily they are a trusting lot there in Doonbeg, because the key was in the door so we moved in and then drove to Quilty to buy a few supplies.
The weather was very mild all day and the sun shone brightly. The house needed airing, so we opened up all the windows and doors. The previous tenants were heavy smokers.
Dean drove the kids to the beach (that was supposed to be walking distance away) while I made a meal of Irish smoked salmon, cream, leeks and pasta.
Dean picked me up and I went down to the beach with them. Andrew decided that we had to go to the beach to watch the sunset after dinner. We agreed that was a good idea.
Dinner was surprisingly good but Clare was not impressed. Ah well, can’t please them all.
We did watch the sunset (which ended up being the only one we saw all week) which was quite lovely. We ended up not going down to the beach, but watched the sunset from our sun room — the nicest part of Parkduff Cottage.
The kids loved Parkduff right away– in fact they liked it better than Tralia House. Clare liked the cottageness of it. I think Andrew liked being so close to the beach. They also liked the fact that the television had better reception than the one at Tralia House. Dean and I were uncomfortable with the dust and cigarette smells coming from the curtains and furniture. The house had not been dusted in a very long time and cob webs hung everywhere. Dean made a joke that I should email Gregory and tell him we’d settled in and named all the spiders. We preferred Tralia House.