Now back home, but completely exhausted after driving over 1,000 miles around Ireland in the last 7 days, often on narrow, winding and very uneven roads. It wasn't so much a holiday as an endurance test at times, especially when it was raining! But at least my Canadian friends enjoyed all the places we managed to visit - Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara mountains, the wonderful coast of Mayo, Tipperary, Offaly (including Obama's 'ancestral home' in Moneygall - the day AFTER he visited), Wicklow Mountains, and a tour of Dublin. Photos to follow once I download them all.
Think I now need another holiday to recover! BUT I did get a glimmer of an idea for a new novel, based on a visit to a reconstruction of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's cottage in 'The Quiet Man' movie. In the Visitor's Book there, we saw Maureen O'Hara's signature and discovered that she had also visited (the day BEFORE we were there - is this my fate? - to visit places the day after someone important has visited?). Anyway, a seed was planted in my mind, and hopefully will grow into my next book. Meantime, I have to forget Ireland for the moment and return to my 'Nile Romance' WIP.
Will try to get back 'into gear' tomorrow - correction, will HAVE to get back into gear tomorrow, as I have several blog guest spots to sort out as promo for the release of 'His Leading Lady' in June.