A postcard from Ireland

September 6, 2014

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” 

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

Killinure Cottage Lake Shore

We are spending a few days in Ireland. Now that the cottage is more or less finished, it’s lovely to be able to stay here in comfort and take time to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. Killinure Cottage Woods 2

Killinure Cottage Woods 1

And many shades of blue.

Killinure Cottage Boat and Motor

Rush hour on Lough Ree..   Killinure Cottage Lough Ree View towards Hare Island and Boat

This is the view across to Hare Island, site of a monastic settlement recorded in the Annals of Clonmacnoise. More recently, Sean MacBride, recipient of the Nobel and Lenin Peace Prizes, used to spend summer holidays on the island and the German writer Heinrich Böll, also stayed there while compiling his Irisches Tagesbuch (Irish Journal).   Killinure Cottage Lough Ree View Towards Hare Island 4

So beautiful on a late summer evening

Killinure Cottage Lough Ree View Towards Hare Island 2

I suspect it’s going to be a wrench to leave.

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One response to “A postcard from Ireland”

  1. Detlef Golletz says:

    Fantastic pictures, seeing the lake and surrounding woodlands in sunshine, proving that this is a very special place, indeed. I wish we had seen it like that last year in summer, but even in the rather normal Irish grey weather, the cottage and surroundings are lovely. D

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