He fills my life with good things. Ps 103; 1, 5
27.10.2009 - 27.10.2009 17 °C
Touring the Ring of Kerry was our goal for today. Muckross House was our first stop; we explored some of the 25 acres of gardens before joining a guided tour of the house. The`house' is a Victorian mansion built in 1843. The rooms were decorated as they would have been and showed the amazing lifestyle of the upper class back then. The house contains 25 bedrooms each with it's own bell to summon a servant, each with a different ring! The servants had to bring dinner, hot water for baths, coal for fires, etc up two flights of stairs. The house has been lived in by three different familes.The last family to live there the `Vincents' were given the House and gardens as a wedding present by the wife's parents the `Bornes.' Sadly, Maude, the wife died unexpectedly after a voyage to America to visit her parents. Her husband, Arthur Rose Vincent and her parents donated the house and gardens to the Irish government as a memorial to Maud. Part of the rooms we visited were a suite for a visit by Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort Albert. The family prepared for the visit for 6 years and the royals stayed for 2 days!
Torc Waterfall ,our next stop, gave us some exercise and beautiful scenery. Today, has been the first day of steady rain so our North face wet weather jackets were quite wet by the time we got back to the car.
We stopped at the `Lady's View' looking over lakes and mountains and decided it was time for a cuppa to warm up.
Next stop,Kenmare, a lovely little town full of craft shops, eating places and pubs. From there we toured around the ring, stopping for photos of the gorgeous views over green farmland sweeping down to the sea and islands. The sun appeared late in the day shining through the clouds and lighting up the water. We found our accommodation for the night at `Ferryview', Cahirsiveen without any problems. We are just delighted with it, a beautiful view looking out over the peninsula to Vallencia Island in the distance. We were greeted by `Misty' a long haired retriever and the owner's dog. Misty also accompanied us on our walk to the local seafood restaurant for tea!