A Fairytale

7 06 2013

Once upon a time, there was a man who fell in love with a woman. He loved her so much that he built her a house in their favourite part of the world.

A house for a bride!

A house for a bride!

He also loved to garden and wanted to give his wife fresh flowers and tasty vegetables everyday.

The flower garden.

The flower garden.

The vegetable garden, hidden from sight behind a hedge. After all the ladies should not have to see their food being grown.

The vegetable garden, hidden from sight behind a hedge. After all the ladies should not have to see their food being grown.

When his wife died, this man was heartbroken and inconsolable, so he built a church in honour of his beloved.

I asked Ken what he would build in my memory. Answer: I don't know but it probably won't be a church.

I asked Ken what he would build in my memory. Answer: I don’t know but it probably won’t be a church.

The entire village loved this couple, he was an awesome landlord, providing many new services like windows in their cottages, a village well and even schooling for their children. The entire community mourned the tragic death of the “mother of the village”.

We  had a beautiful cycle through the Connemara region of Ireland, definitely a day when taking the long way around was the best choice. We did learn something though–waiting until 3:30 pm for lunch is just to long! One of us gets grumpy. (Okay, I admit it, it’s me!)

We are spending the night in Leenane. From the description, I was really looking forward to this evening. So far, supper was good, but not feeling like this place is living up to expectations. oh well, we are only here for one night.

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4 responses

7 06 2013
dairy-goat

Love the fairy tale and can’t help but apply it to myself as well. Is that the hidden message in the barn building going at our place? Out of love for me? ha ha ha, Don’t think so. Different kind of tale.

7 06 2013
beyonddonnybrook

The barn only counts if it includes “servants’ quarters”!!

7 06 2013
Sara

Hi Jocelyn, Following your adventures is such fun! My cousins live in Glassilaun, Renvyle, not far from Leenane: they will drive down to join us at the ceili in Kilfenora. Hi to Ken, see you Monday – enjoy the ride till then. Sara

7 06 2013
beyonddonnybrook

We missed a turn and went through Renvyle. I was rather annoyed as it meant climbing yet another hill!

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