Have you ever had one of those periods in life that seems entirely designed to forcefully remind you that You Are Not In Control Here? Yes? Well, me, too. A lot happened this summer, nothing that I'd call catastrophic, but a lot that was just about letting it happen and rolling with it, because I was definitely Not In Charge. Some of it I'll talk about here, some of it maybe not, but either way, I promised at least a few more pictures from Ireland, yes?
I believe I left off last time in Meath, having seen Dowth, and headed for Newgrange, which has been restored. Some therefore criticize it as a Disneyfied version of a passage-tomb, and I get that. On the other hand, when you stand in the central chamber (where no photography is allowed, sorry), under a corbelled roof that has not been restored, and that has also not leaked even one little bit in 5,000 years of Irish rain - well, let's just say it was a pretty intense experience. In the meantime, here's the impressive (even though reconstructed) facade:
We then drove up to Sligo, where we spent a delightful day being shown around Carrowmore and Carrowkeel by Martin, an amazing guide who has devoted his life to the Neolithic landscape in the area - Rick and I enjoyed every minute of the day. (Martin also recommended two fabulous pubs to go to for traditional Irish music sessions, where we stayed for hours. It just never got old.) We explored the very earliest pre-passage tombs, marveling at the engineering needed to get the capstones up onto their bases.
And then, finally, after a solid week of driving, during which Rick chose for me (he's the navigator, I'm the driver - and we had a left-hand stick shift for this trip!) the most narrow, windy, country roads he could, we found sheep.
I'll leave it there for now. I have knitting to report on - I've been knitting along with the Year of Techniques (Mason-Dixon), and while I haven't done them all so far, I've had fun with the ones I have completed, and I've learned a few things that I know I'll use again. I also knit my first mosaic project, which just needs its ends woven in. (In fact, I have nothing current OTN right now - just