• Celtic Cross, Athy, Ireland
    Daily Life

    Ten Years In Ireland

    I was just thinking that I’ve been a freelancer ten years today, and then it slowly dawned on me that no, I’ve been a freelancer *eleven* years today; I apparently missed last year’s anniversary totally.

    *Today*, we’re ten years in Ireland. I am, in fact, ten years and 24 days in Ireland today, but Ted, who came a month after me, arrived on the 1st. Or possibly the 5th, but anyway, we count from his arrival at the start of December.

    Ten years. Wow.

    People still ask if we think we’ll ever move back. We honestly just sit there and stare blankly at the idea, for a lot of reasons. It’s expensive to move, of course, and there’s still not real nationalized health care in the States, and it’d be starting all the fuck over again, which is just too much to contemplate, and we really can’t imagine where we’d want to live if we did (most of the short-list options are too expensive), and we’ve been gone long enough that visiting the States is like visiting a foreign country. A very familiar foreign country, granted, but a foreign country. Also, the States are full of crazy people. If we were to move back to North America, we think we’d really rather move to Canada. I don’t know that they have a deep need for fantasy novelists in Canada, though. :)

    Anyway! Ten years in Ireland. That’s a long time! Nigh unto a quarter of my life! Tempis fugit!

  • Sunrise over an old graveyard turns the stones to gold in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland
    Kitsnaps,  Photography

    Kitsnaps: Golden Graveyard

    Sunrise over an old graveyard turns the stones to gold in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland
    Golden Graveyard

    I love photographing graveyards, especially if there’s some kind of Weather going on. Sunrise turned out to be good Weather at the old graveyard in Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland. Best of all, it was January, so sunrise wasn’t even at, er, the crack of dawn… :)

  • Reading at Hore Abbey

    Kitsnaps: Reading at Hore Abbey

    Reading at Hore Abbey
    Reading at Hore Abbey
    Hore Abbey sits at the foot of the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary. I have several pictures of the abbey that I like very much, but this is one of my favorites: a couple of teens–maybe tourists, maybe locals, who knows!–for whom sitting down amongst the ruins with a good book or two was the best way to pass a grey afternoon.

    I can’t help, looking at this picture, half imagining that they are Will Stanton and Jane Drew.

  • Ladies' View

    Kitsnaps: Ladies’ View

    Ladies' View
    Ladies’ View
    And this is the Ladies’ View, which yesterday’s castle overlooks. The ladies are the 7 lakes of Killarney, or something like that, which are (nominally) all visible from this vantage. Regardless of how many are visible, it’s a knockout view. :)

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