Hi all, Happy Sunday. We woke up to another "soft morning" (gentle rain, quiet bay). We're still in Glandore, the unexpected is sometimes the greatest adventure. We had a marvelous day. The wind is still howling and we thank God we are still at anchor. We blew up the dingy after breakfast and went to shore in Glandore. What a pretty little Irish village. We heard the church bells ringing at 1000 but we were unable to get to shore in a timely enough fashion to even think of sneaking into the back. But we did visit two churches today. Does that count?
We walked up out of town and enjoyed a beautiful walk along the lane into the countryside.
We were headed for Dorberg Circle Stones. (17 stones set vertically, similar to Stonehenge) We walked about 4 km past a castle and finally asked a young dad where the stones were. He began to give us directions and then decided to drive us there. Well it was at least a 5 minute car ride away. Up and down hills and around many a bend we drove. We walked back a different route which was not quite as far. We visited the Catholic church along the way. I took pictures of one stain glass window in particular. St. Brigid, yes dear sister Brigid, it was spelled the correct way.
We stopped at the Glandore Inn for lunch. The guys had crab sandwiches and onion soup.
I ordered a smoked salmon sandwich. Oooo.. It was very sushi style. Not exactly what I was expecting.
But I made due especially after the waitress brought we a nice piece of brown Irish soda bread to eat it with. We walked to see the other castle in town and the Glendore Anglican church next. Both castles are privately owned so you can't get too close. The church (most churches don't publicize their names. I guess they expect everyone to know what it is called) was quaint. This church's entry was tunneled through the rock in the hillside. It was small but quite lovely.
We decided to walk toward Unionhall another village we could see across the bay we are anchored in to pick up so me more provisions. About half way there Mike went back to get
the dingy and drive it over to Unionhall to carry our groceries home. Al and I had a neat walk over two one way bridges (cars had to wait on each side until the bridge was clear) and down roads with trees making a tunnel to walk through. I finally got smart and asked the grocer if he had any frozen meat for sale. We have a freezer on board but the fresh meat on the top never freezes and we had some go bad before we could eat it. We made it back to the boat before the evening showers began. In all we walked about 15 km today...that should hold us until we get to Spain.
Right now the cockpit is uninhabitable. Mike tried feeding the sea gulls some cod fish that has traveled with us from St. John's, Newfoundland. Now we know why fishing boats smell so bad. The smell lingers on and on. The sea gulls dived for the fish but flew off squawking and squawking giving us what for...how long can the smell last? We're hoping to leave tomorrow but we'll wait and see what the weather has in store for us.
Love Sally, Al, and Mike
July 29, 2006
Hi all, Twas a very rainy morning the likes of which we have not seen in Ireland. The Coast Guard was calling for gale force winds all day. So we slept in late. Mike made a lovely scrambled egg brunch for us. Since it's a major chore to reinflate the dingy, but in the boards etc. we chose not to go ashore. We read books and laid low all day. I finished book 4, HP and the Goblet of Fire and started book 5 HP and the Order of the Phoenix of the Harry Potter series.
The sun came out despite the howling wind and we enjoyed the late afternoon in the cockpit. Another cloud burst about 1800 rewarded us with a beautiful, full, Irish rainbow. The colors were very deep. I hope our pictures do it justice. We hope the low passes tonight and we can leave in the morning. We went from 1013 barometer last night to 999 this afternoon. The barometer is back up to 1004 tonight. If the weather isn't what we want I do believe we will inflate the dingy and explore Glandore tomorrow. Thanks again for your emails. Sorry we don't always answer or write a short response. But some nights it takes a while to write the log while cooking and answering some emails. Somebody send me Daddy's email, we still don't have it.
Love Sally, Al, and Mike
July 28, 2006
Hi all, We refueled, took on water, put dingy on deck and left Kinsale at 1100. We started out with a fine mist that turned into a sunny, nice day again. We had great sailing down to Glandore Harbor. We pulled in at 1600 and anchored for the night. The weather forecast called for 20-25 kts of wind right on the nose tonight so we decided to wait another day before heading for Spain. Why start out our trip pounding into the seas? This is a pretty little town but we have no way to get to shore since our dingy is deflated on deck. We did go into the pubs for a pint and some music last night. The White House had wonderful traditional music with a wee bit of Bob Dylan thrown in. We stopped at another pub and met a young couple from Dublin and had a nice "chat". I put the email addresses onto the new lap top today so I hope I put them all in all right. We're planning to head out in the morning.
Love Al and Sally
July 27, 2006
Hi all, We were busy today preparing to leave Kinsale tomorrow after we take on water and refuel. We visited Colleen and Jim off of "Jacobite" a new Nordhaven 47 (first Nordhaven delivered to the UK, same factory as the Mason). They've cruised extensively in the Med and Western Europe for the past 20 years. They gave us some destination ideas and pulled up the weather on their computer. The weather is the weather... There is a big low out there that may give us 30 kts of wind out of the west on Sunday but we've decided to head out anyhow. We're planning to keep off the continental shelf to avoid steeper seas with the higher winds we expect. If we keep out around 10 degrees Longitude we will avoid frequent ship travel going to Liverpool and down along the coast. Our landfall after crossing the Bay of Biscay will be La Coruna or Bayona, Spain. Bayona is 60 miles further but a quieter, nicer port. We expect this crossing to take about 5-6 days. love and God Bless,
Love Al and Sally
July 26, 2006
Hi all, Al and I spent the morning taking care of business while Mike worked his way back from Shannon. We talked to the Harbor Master Phil and paid 14 Euro's of dues to anchor for one week in Kinsale. He pulled up some weather information which we will look at more closely tomorrow. We need a good five day forecast before we leave. No hurry we are loving Ireland. We made plans to refuel and take on water tomorrow before the weekend crowd arrives. The Trident Hotel has wireless internet and let us sit in their lobby and browse the internet. We were able to check our accounts and send some business emails. We thought finding wireless would be easier. Evidently wireless is just now taking hold in Ireland so things will improve in the future.
Thank you to everyone who has signed our guest book. We had great fun reading your messages. It's fun to get the feedback and to get an idea who's out there following our adventure. We also read the emails that were sent to apribyl@artemis-pribyl. com. When Mike got in we took him to the Trident so he could read the entries too. Al and I had lunch, fish & chips, while we waited for Mike's bus to arrive. We collected our laundry, 15 Euro's. We definitely need to start washing some things by hand. We went back to meet Mike at the bus stop and we found him walking down the street. He had caught an earlier bus and probably walked right by us as we ate lunch. It's interesting to sit at anchor when the tide comes and the wind blows. We were dancing around in circles against the wind and the tide.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy
July 25, 2006
Hi all, Al and I went to the big city today, Cork. We rode the bus with Mike and Judy as they made a connection to Shannon. They plan to stay in a hotel and go out to dinner belatedly for their 25th anniversary. Judy flies home tomorrow and Mike will rejoin us in Kinsdale. Cork... What shall I say about Cork. I'm not one who cares much for big cities. They overwhelm me and make me wonder where to turn next. We had lunch at a cafe on the street and sat outside. Lots of shops even a McDonalds and Burger King Yuk! We walked down to the harbor area to find a Chandlery and marine electrician. We got some phone numbers to call tomorrow. We still haven't figured out the windlass problems. Meanwhile we have it jerry rigged so we don't have to pull up all that slimy chain by hand.
We took a double decker bus tour of Cork and out to Blarney Castle. The tour of Cork gave us a great overview perspective of Cork. Our first impression of Blarney was commercialism and a rip off. Wrong!! The ground s are absolutely gorgeous, the walking trails are magnificent and the castle itself is awesome. We traveled into the woodlands in search of fairies and druids. I walked backwards, eyes closed down the Wishing Steps, so my wish had better come true. I'll let you know if it worked. I think we did find the Keebler Elves home. The trees are gnarly and very old. We climbed halfway up the castle before the walls began to close in on Al so we backed off and enjoyed the grounds and Blarney mansion instead of kissing the infamous Blarney stone.
We are enjoying a quiet night, alone on Artemis. We heard from Larry and Judy. They will fly to Rochester, NY on July 27 and visit an old friend. They'll drive to my Dad's farm in Montezuma, NY to pick up their car on Friday. So someone let Daddy know company's coming. I'm sure they'll have lots of tales to tell him.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 24, 2006
Hi all, Ireland is having a "sunshine wave" as opposed to a "heat wave". Another absolutely gorgeous day. The views we've been able to video or photograph are a rarity in Ireland on most days. We've been told very often you can't see a half a mile. Today we walked through town again and then took the Round Compass Hill walk above Winter Hill. We had a panoramic view of Kinsale, the harbors, and the forts. The gardens are absolutely magnificent, especially up on the hill in the more exclusive areas. Rarely you go by any dwelling that doesn't have flowers growing or shrubs flowering. We had an ice cream cone and then headed out to Charles Fort and took a guided tour. Our guide Clare, a college student, was very animated and informed. It is a 17th Century Star Fort (star shaped, 2 enormous bastions facing the sea and three looking inland). It was started in 1678 and was still in use until 1921. We picked up a few supplies and went back to grill on the boat. Al picked up a liter of 2 cy cle oil 6.90 Euros for 1 liter. Things are not cheap in this fast growing country of Ireland. We haven't much luck finding wireless internet connections. So we haven't been able to keep up with emails sent to artemis-pribyl.com. We read some tonight when we found a connection in the anchorage but then got bumped off and couldn't reconnect.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 23, 2006
Hi all, We had a beautiful sail down to Kinsale. We left Castletownshend at 0900 and anchored in Kinsale at 1600. We had a nice down wind sail 15 kts of wind. Artemis was sailing about 6 kts the whole way. The seas were about 2.0 meters so a bit rollie. We had a little trouble setting our anchor at first because of a 3 kts current and 20 kts of wind. We took a mooring for a while but found out they are private. So once the wind/current died down we successfully dropped anchor. We dingied into town after dinner and did the "cooks tour" (just a quick look around) We plan to spend a few days here and take bus trips. Judy flies out of Shannon Airport on July 26 so she and Mike will leave on July 25 by bus. Mike will rejoin us after she leaves. We even have a castle