What have I been up to lately?
On Monday, I went to Blarney Castle
The Blarney Castle grounds are large and gorgeous. I went on a weekday, so there were very few people around. It was quiet and there was no shortage of wildlife, which I tried to photograph with my digital camera.
The castle was amazing. It's almost intact, and you can explore to your heart's content. No one bothers you, and you can discover all kinds of little corners. At the bottom are some dungeons and caves where (presumeably) the castle's inhabitants stored food, water, and prisoners.
About half-way up is the dining hall, a large open-air room in the middle of the castle. When you get here, you really have to stop for a while, because the very narrow corridors, tiny stone rooms and extremely steep staircases might get you feeling a bit claustrophobic, despite the arrow slits everywhere.
Once I got to the top, there was a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside.
And, of course, you have to kiss the Blarney Stone!
After exploring the castle, I went out into the gardens, which are every bit as amazing as the castle. The gardens were quieter than the castle and it was a great day, sunny and windy. I took my time and wandered around admiring the profusion of growth and the history that you could find everywhere.