Wednesday, June 18, 2008
We get to look at this every day!
The house is in an area of west County Mayo called Carrowholly. Or Carraholly or Carracolly: Around these parts, we aren't too particular about such things. The people who live here call it Carrowholly, which is good enough for me. Specifically, we are on Carrowholly Point, four miles from the town of Westport; now you have all the information you need to understand the mailing address:
That's right: No house number, no street name, no zip code. The mail gets here, anyway. When we first got the house, we didn't get any mail for a while. I dropped round the P.O. to find out what was going on. It turned out that postman didn't recognize my name, so the P.O. held the mail until I showed up. No problems since. In fact, you can receive mail here so long as you send it c/o me.
Westport itself is a delightful town, with no shortage of amenities -- including some excellent restaurants. (I'll blog later about the surprisingly high quality of Irish restaurants.) Take a virtual tour here and treat yourself to my photos here. Also, Premium T. has some great pix of local jellyfish and of storm clouds gathering here. And all the pictures you'll ever need of Carrowholly are here.
What are we doing today? We're sitting around listening to Irish music, munching on a local cheese, drinking a bottle of wine kindly left for us by some recent guests, and reading aloud from the poetry of Westport's Sean Lysaght. No doubt there are better things to do; I just can't think of them right now.