Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Carrowholly






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:

Carrowholly Point
Westport
County Mayo
Ireland

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.

9 comments:

Scrumpy's Baker said...

Tonight, my husband and I will be watching The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular, drinking a bottle of Diet Coke aquired at the quaint local HEB, and munching on frozen, generic brand pizza.

Don't be too jealous.

Foxessa said...

Instead of with the NY Times, I started today catching up with your's and Premium T's blogs, i.e. in Ireland. I looked at all the photos you provided. I'm so glad you included some with horses.

It looks so peaceful. Is it really that peaceful?

Many thanks!

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

BTW, our old, dear friends, composer Peter Gordon and his now wife, video artist Kit Fitzgerald, spent a long interlude of their romance in Dingle, years back. That was my first introduction to Ireland via people living there. The dollar was in better shape then, however.

Peter wrote a lot of music there, and later, music inspired by their time there.

Love, C.

Premium T. said...

SB: I'm jealous of anyone who gets to shop at a place called Heb. When we're in Texas Paul corrects me but I insist on saying it MY way. Enjoy that frozen pizza, by the way.

K. said...

SB: What can I say, but "Ah, young love!"

F: Geez, you sure know how to put the pressure on! I promise that our reporting from Ireland with be of greater accuracy and value than the Times pre-war reporting from Iraq.

I'm not surprised that both love and inspiration flowered at Dingle. It is spectacular.

And, yes, it's that peaceful here. Harmonious, really, because of the presence of the tides.

Scrumpy's Baker said...

T - The very best part is when you get your credit card statement and find out that you sent H.E. Butts some cash!

K. said...

Is he any relations to Seymour Butts?

Premium T. said...

SB: Makes me love Heb even more!

Foxessa said...

I promise that our reporting from Ireland with be of greater accuracy a

K -- Yeah, sure, that is such a challenge! :)

Love, C.