Today is the love of my life's 60th birthday! She was not yet 21 when we were married in 1977, but she is even more beautiful today. In the image below with Rocco, who is now officially Kathy's dog after not making it through Guide Dog for the Blind training. We did not think we could keep a dog of our own due to our need to travel back to America every few years, but good friends here in Ireland WANT to keep him when we are gone... We will be back in the states from Dec through May, 2017.
We often have bright sunny days here in Kinsale, but we also often have 'close' or 'misty' days as well. This past week or two has had many more misty days than we usually get. So, I thought it time to snap a few 'fog portraits, of this famous Co. Cork tourist attraction.
If you have not been to Ireland, it is good to prepare for two or three types of weather in a single day, no matter which time of year you visit. That's wny dressing in layers is so popular - you can quckly remove a hoodie or jumper (sweater) if the sun pops out, and then you can put it back on when (not 'if') it dissaperars! Here's a "non-sunny" day photograph:
This is a fence leading to Charles Fort, just down the hill from our house. Good thing there is a fence!
27 August 1977 Kathy and I were married in Salinas, California - 39 years ago today! So, to celebrate God's countless blessings to us, we are going to have dinner at one of Ireland's most stunning restaurants! We have never been inside the Kinsale Old Head Golf Links clubhouse and restaurant, but we have been to the top of the Old Head Lighthouse, from where I took the below photographs.
This is an image of part of the golf course built on this narrow spit of land called the Kinsale Old Head, the clubhouse & restaurant are tucked into the background looking over the golf course and the lighthouse, which I'm inside of, to take this shot!
Here's a closer view of the clubhouse and restaurant - we have reservations for 7:00pm TONIGHT! Can't wait!
We have been living in Wild Orchid, the name of our home, since September 2012. As we prepare for a 6 month 'time away' back in the states (Dec 2016 - May 2017) we will be leaving Wild Orchid. We had hoped to be able to keep the house, but the owners have decided to move back in. So now, we need to think about finding a new place to live. The Lord has always provided the perfect place for us to live, and Kathy and I have no doubt He will do so again this time!
Wild Orchid - Our Home for the last 4 years.