This is an image of the Scilly Walk (Silly) and it's about 1.25 miles from our house into the middle of Kinsale via this brilliant walk. If we walk from our front door it is about 1 mile to get to the beginning of this pathway. Kathy takes this route with whoever our current Guide Dog pup is on a regular basis. You can see the town on the left side of the image, nestled along side the Kisale Harbour that comes in from the Atlantic ocean. Next time you are in Kinsale, we would love to show you this amazing place!
This is a shot of our current 11 month old guide dog pup in training, 'Rocco'. Kathy has his full attention at a joint church service we were recently attending in Bandon. With more than 400 people there, Rocco did a great job staying quiet and out of the way . . . mostly!
Rocco is our 6th pup so far as we continue to volunteer with The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. This one came to us at about 9 months old when his original 'puppy walker' had to leave the program. He is doing great, however, and we will be, once again, heartbroken when he has to leave for his advanced training in a few months.
Many people from N America have a difficult time with our address because it doesn't conform to anything they have ever had to relate to - which is exactly how it was for us as well. Our actual address is: Wild Orchid, Clonleigh, Kinsale, Co. Cork P17 FK59.
Correct! There is no street name or house number, just a house name and a general area! You won't find it on a map or in your Sat Nav (GPS). The digits at the end are the brand new Ireland zip code equivalent, and have only been in use for a few months now.
Anyway, Wild Orchid just got a new coat of paint by our landlord, Conor, who has just returned to live full time back in Ireland. He has been in the Boston area for many years. He sold his house and is now living about 90 minutes away in another home he owns. Conor is a brilliant landlord and a painter by trade. Here is what Wild Orchid looks like with a fresh paint job!
Started shooting at midnight Sunday night / Monday morning just down the road from the house - we had an incredibly clear night here in Kinsale on 27th/28th September. Setup on a tripod and a 200mm lens (you really need a 400mm or longer to do this sort of thing right) and tried to catch the total lunar eclipe - here's what I ended up with: