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Thumb’s Up For Lane

September 21, 2012 1 comment

Thumb's Up For Lane

A Kentucky boy fighting a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer wants to see his Facebook page grow to 100,000 likes.

Lane Goodwin, 13, was first diagnosed with Stage IV alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in 2010. After a relapse this year, his parents recently learned the cancer had spread to Lane’s brain.

Lane is from McLean County, and friends and family said his fighting spirit throughout his illness has been not only remarkable, but also inspiring.

His fighting spirit is going viral online. The page “Prayers for Lane Goodwin” reached more than 50,000 likes in a short period of time.

Lane’s friends are hoping that number can grow to over 100,000 likes as they continue to pray for a miracle.

Lane is known for giving thumbs up to go along with his positive attitude. People everywhere are now giving Lane thumbs up to show support.

A book of hope is being compiled for the family with pictures of friends and supporters giving Lane thumbs up.

WLKY is getting on board and giving Lane thumbs up as he continues his battle. Join us by uploading your thumbs up photos to the u local slideshow below. Make sure to upload your photos using the “Thumbs Up For Lane” category or Go To Prayers for Lane Goodwin.

Send Lane a card or other well-wishes:

Lane Goodwin
P.O Box 105
Beech Grove, KY 42322

Donations for Lane can be made at any Independence Bank under George and Angela Goodwin for Lane Goodwin. You can call the bank at 270-278-2351 or send it to the bank at:

Independence Bank
P.O. Box 39
Livermore, KY 42352

Give Thumbs up for Lane!

Why is Sex Good for You

Sex Improves Health and Happiness
Sexually active people take fewer sick leaves, are more gregarious and enjoy life more. This is the finding of Dr Ted Mcllvenna, from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, when he conducted an ongoing study of the sex lives of 90,000 American adults. Now you know why your bosses are so sickly while grandma is still alive and kicking at 89.

Sex Regulates Your Hormones
Women who have intercourse at least once a week are more likely to have normal menstrual cycles than women who are celibate or who take a “feast-or-famine” approach. This finding is based on a research done by Dr Winnifred Cutler, a specialist in behavioral endocrinology, and director of the Athena Institute for Women’s Wellness in Pennsylvania. So, if your spouse is holding a job that requires frequent travel, tell him it’s high time he considered a change.

Sex Boosts Estrogen
The research by Dr Cutler, who had asked several hundred female students to keep a record of their menstrual cycles and sexual behavior, also reported that women who enjoyed regular weekly sex with a man had significantly higher levels of estrogen in their blood than women experiencing either sporadic sex or none at all. The benefits of estrogen are numerous: a healthy cardiovascular system, lower bad cholesterol, higher good cholestrol, more bone density and supple skin. Save money on expensive face creams. Switch to condoms.

Sex Burns Calories
At least 4.2 calories per minutes; compared to four calories per minute playing tennis for an average woman weighing 54kg. That’s the estimate given by a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr Alfred Franger. Just don’t use Nutella or whipped cream for foreplay.

Sex Strengthens Pelvic Muscles
Martica K Heaner, American fitness guru and author, believes that gripping a penis with your vagina does what Kegel exercises do- tones and conditions the muscles of the pelvic floor. These muscles play a vital function when it comes to good posture, straighter back and flatter abdominals. Every woman’s dream. No points for guessing what athletes really do when they’re not training…

Sex Relieves Menstrual Cramps
Orgasms may also help to relieve period pains which are the result of the endometrial lining of the uterus being oversensitive to the hormone-like substance, prostaglandin. “These nasty hormones have a way of making the uterus go into spasm, triggering pain- inducing nerve fibers,” explains Dr Roy Levin, a lecturer in Physiology at the Sheffield University, England. To cut a long story short, just do it.

Sex Boosts Your Immune System
Orgasms boost infection-fighting cells up by 20 per cent… so says Dr Dudley Chapman, a gynaecologist. Someone should call this the sex vaccine.

Sex Reduces Stress
“During arousal, your muscles tense; during orgasm, they twitch, then relax completely,” says ’50s sex researcher, Alfred Kinsey. This may explain why the institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality has found people with fulfilling sex lives less anxious, violent and hostile- the perfect tranquilizer for those who slog all day in the office for that big promotion.

Sex Relieves Pain
In studies carried out by researchers Beverly Whipple and Barry Komisaruk from Rutgers University, New Jersey, women with conditions such as arthritis and whiplash gain a higher pain threshold through regular orgasms. Historically, midwives advised women to masturbate to orgasm to relieve labor pains. (Quite a tall order considering you have to do it in front of those nurses.)

Sex Can Cure Headaches
A South Illinois School Of Medicine study on 52 migraine sufferers reported that 16 experienced considerable relief after an orgasm and another eight had their headaches completely gone. No reason now to say, “Not tonight honey, I’m having a headache.”

THE BEAUTIFUL DUTCH FLOWER FIELDS

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10 Stages of Mourning the Loss of A Loved One

  1. Allow yourself to grieve the loss of your parent. The grieving process includes shock, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, resignation, acceptance and finally hope.

  2. Give yourself as much time as you need with each part of the process. If you don’t go through every stage, that’s fine-don’t pretend you’re going through it.

  3. Talk about your deceased parent with your surviving parent, your siblings, other family members and any supportive friends.

  4. Talk about the death, your feelings about the death, your relationship with your parent, happy memories, sad memories and angry memories.

  5. Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you’re feeling, be it anger, relief, guilt, confusion, depression, sadness, indifference, disbelief or all the above. Express these emotions in whatever way is helpful to you.

  6. Find an outlet to express your grief and sense of loss, using your talents or desires. Go on a trip, paint a picture that reflects your feelings, write a poem, compose a song or start a journal.

  7. Spend time with your loved ones, including your surviving parent and siblings, who are also going through a difficult time and need your support.

  8. Accept support from friends and other relatives. Surround yourself with positive people, but give yourself some space and alone time, too.

  9. Find something you can do to honor your parent’s memory. Fulfill one of your parent’s dreams, donate to charity on your parent’s behalf, create a scrapbook of your parent’s life, paint a picture and hang it up or publish a poem in your parent’s memory.

  10. Consider seeing a professional counselor if you sink into depression that won’t lift, if you feel you can’t cope with life or if you need help with the grieving process.

 

5 Stages of a Relationship

Have you ever wondered: Why is our relationship so hard? Things were so perfect when we first met – what happened? Most likely, the answer is that you’ve left the first stage of your relationship, and have moved into another. But could it really be that easy?

Yes! Most people understand that relationships grow and change over time… but what many people don’t know is that they tend to evolve in the same way. There are specific, defined stages of long-term relationships, which offer new feelings, new challenges to overcome, and new opportunities for growth. And if you want your relationship to evolve into one of mutual respect, love and intimacy, it’s likely that you’ll have to experience all of the following relationship stages at some point or another. Take a look at the description of each phase – do any of this sound familiar?

Before we get started, you should know that most people experience these stages in this order, and will need to resolve the challenges in each stage before they can move successfully on to the next. Of course there are always exceptions to this rule. But for the most part, you can’t get out of experiencing all of these stages if you want a healthy and fulfilling relationship. Every couple will move through these stages at different speeds, and most people will experience each stage more than once – it is common to fluctuate from one stage to another.*

Okay, now that I’ve given you the basic info, let’s dig a little deeper….

Stage 1 – The Romance Stage

This is also known as the Courtship Phase or the Fantasy Stage, and can last anywhere from 2 months to 2 years. This is when you and your partner have just met, and everything is absolutely amazing. You can’t get enough of each other. Neither of you can do any wrong in the eyes of the other… mainly because you’re both still on your best behavior. The focus in this stage is on commonalities – you have so many common interests, you could practically be the same person! You show your partner your absolute best self, and you try to please each other as much as possible. Conflict is seen as “bad” in this stage, and is avoided at all costs. You can’t imagine living without this person, so you begin spending as much time together as possible. This is the stage when our defenses are down the most, which allows you to be open to and fall in love. You and your partner are building an important foundation in this stage, so your relationship can grow. There are biological effects as well. When you’re in this stage, your body is producing enormous amounts of endorphins, which makes you feel unusually happy, positive and excited about everything in your life (this is that “head over heels in love” feeling!). This is the stage most often portrayed in movies and romantic novels, for obvious reasons. Bottom line – you are happier than you’ve ever been, and can’t imagine ever feeling any differently.

Stage 2 – The Disillusionment Stage

This stage is also known as the Familiarization Stage, or the Adjusting to Reality Phase. This is where you begin to realize that your partner is actually a human being (horror of horrors!). You get to know each other more and more, and as a result you start recognizing their various flaws and shortcomings. You see your partner in relaxed situations, and you become more relaxed as well. Since your body cannot possibly continue to produce the same levels of endorphins that it was in the beginning, those feelings of being on top of the world start to decline. Your partner’s little habits aren’t quite as cute as they used to be, but there is still enough goodwill from the Romance Stage that you’re willing to overlook them. This stage can start to trickle into your relationship slowly, as you begin to see your partner for who s/he really is. Or sometimes it happens all of a sudden, when there has been some sort of dishonesty or deceit. This phase can be confusing and discouraging, since you’ve just experienced so much openness and connection in the Romance Stage. However, at this stage, your main job is to learn how to communicate and resolve conflict with this person effectively, which is an important skill if you want your relationship to continue.

Stage 3 – The Power Struggle Stage

This stage is also known as the Disappointment Phase or Distress Stage. As the characteristics from the Disillusionment Phase intensify, they become harder and harder to deal with. You will most likely begin to pull away from each other in this stage. At this point, you both still believe that conflict is a “bad” thing, but you are increasingly aware of your many differences. You fight to draw boundaries in the relationship, and as a result even small annoyances become big issues. This is the stage where you define unacceptable behavior, and most couples have occasional or frequent thoughts of leaving the relationship. More and more often, you start to feel like your partner is self-centered or un-caring, or even worse, that they simply can’t be trusted. Deep resentments begin to build if you’re unable to resolve your issues in a respectful and mutually agreeable way. Many couples get stuck in this stage, because this way of interacting becomes normal in their relationship. This is when it is absolutely necessary to learn to manage your differences effectively – to communicate and work together as a team, even though it’s tempting to believe that your partner’s sole purpose on Earth is to make your life difficult. Not surprisingly, this is the stage most couples are in when they decide to break up or file for divorce. However, if they are able to negotiate all of the landmines during this phase, they’ll move on to….

Stage 4 – The Stability Stage

This is a restful and peaceful time, compared to the last stage. This stage is also known as the Friendship Phase or Reconciliation Stage. Some couples never make it to this stage, but the ones who do find that they have deeper feelings of love, connection and trust with their partner. You now have history together, and most people begin to rely on the predictability of the relationship. As you enter this stage, you begin to realize that your partner isn’t perfect, but your personal differences aren’t quite as threatening as they used to be. You’re able to resolve most of your differences, at least to some extent, and you become more confident in the relationship. Some people feel a sense of loss in this stage as they learn to accept their partner for who they truly are, since this means they have to let go of the fantasy that was established early on in the relationship. But for the most part, the deepening sense of friendship and commitment is a good trade-off for those early feelings of butterflies and excitement. This is also when you begin to re-establish your own outside interests and friendships, which were given up in the Romance Phase. There is some danger that you may begin to drift apart from or become bored with your partner in this phase, so you should try to maintain the connection that was created in the Romance Phase. Overall, this is the stage when you finally begin to feel comfortable and happy with your deepening relationship.

Stage 5 – The Commitment Stage

This stage is also known as the Acceptance Phase, the Transformation Stage, or the Real Love Phase. It is estimated that fewer than 5% of couples actually make it to this stage, according to The Relationship Institute. This is the stage when both couples have a clear notion of who their partner is, faults, foibles and weaknesses galore… yet they make a conscious choice to be with this person in spite of all of those things (and in some cases, because of those things). You are no longer with your partner because you need them, but because you’ve chosen them, which means the level of resentment you felt in the Power Struggle Phase has decreased, if not disappeared. If you’ve made it to this stage, you and your partner are a team. You genuinely love your partner, and you look out for their best interests just as much as you look out for your own. Your partner is your best friend. There are few surprises about your partner’s habits or character in this phase. You’ve collaborated to overcome many challenges together, and have grown to accept and support each other without restriction. Your vision for your relationship is in congruence with who you are and what you both truly want. You have discussed your future together – you have similar life goals, and you feel encouraged to define your relationship further. Many couples decide to make a formal or public commitment to each other in this stage (such as marriage) to demonstrate their intention to continue their relationship. This is the stage in which your relationship becomes a true partnership.

 

Commiting to A Relationship

It is becoming more and more common to hear of women being unable to commit. Decades ago, women not being able to commit was literally unheard of because it was always the man who had the commitment issues. Nowadays, women have just as many reasons as men do for not wanting to get serious in a relationship, if not more.

One of the first reasons women why women can’t commit is because most have already been involved in at least one very painful relationship. A lot of women who have been hurt would rather not wear plus size bustiers rather than get back involved with another guy. It isn’t that women won’t date; it is just that they don’t want to get serious. They want to keep things “just so” because they don’t want to risk getting hurt again.

Another one of the reasons why some women can’t become committed is because they have already made assumptions about what a serious relationship involves. Some women find the whole concept of committing to be quite like tying themselves up, walking into a trap, locking the door, and throwing away the key. In short, many women look at getting involved in committed relationships the same way they do a prison. They are afraid of being tied down.

There will always be women who want to live their lives and have someone on the side. It is hard for them to picture having a dominant individual help them run things. Too many women are intimidated by serious relationships because they don’t want anyone telling them what to do. The bottom line is that they don’t want to be controlled and/or smothered.

In many cases, women will hesitate to commit because they have previously been involved in an abusive relationship. They will hold back because they don’t want the same things happening again. It can be very frustrating and hurtful to fall for a woman who won’t commit. Heck, you’re more likely to get more out of a piece of plus size corset than you are a woman like this. But do not blame her, because it isn’t her fault.

The best way to deal with a woman who has commitment issues is to simply be there for her. Since most of them are dealing with a lot of personal problems, it will help if you support her all the way. Women who have been hurt or have the wrong perceptions about serious relationships need all of the kindness and support they can get. Many of them are simply confused. Although, some women who won’t get deeply involved are just selfish and immature, quite like a lot of men who are the same way.

If you have gotten somewhat involved with a woman who won’t settle down and let you closer to her on a more intense level, then all you can do is be patient. You save might want to try talking to her about what her reasons are for not wanting to get close. Let her know that she can talk to you about anything, and always be there to listen. Once she realizes she can trust you, commitment will no longer be an issue.

10 Things To Do in Ireland on Vacation

Ireland has a lot to offer the tourist who is willing to look beyond the obvious. The mythical Celtic nature of the island of Ireland is only truly revealed to those who are prepared to put in the effort to look beyond the bright lights of the cities of Ireland. The items listed below would be very difficult to fit into one trip and still do properly. Many of the items listed on this list will require a car rentalto travel between attractions, while others simply require a car to take part.

10 – Guinness Storehouse

Few people of legal age visit Ireland without taking a sample of a pint of Guinness. Guinness was first brewed by Arthur Guinness at St James’s Gate in the heart of Dublin in the style of a porter. Guinness is famous for its deep black colour and white head and is one of Ireland’s most famous exports. Today Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands globally. Guinness has been brewed at Saint James’s Gate since Arthur Guinness first came up with the recipe.

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin celebrates Ireland’s most famous export from the heart of the St James Gate Brewery in Dublin City. This highlight is one of the biggest attractions in Ireland with over 4 million visitors since 2000 when the Storehouse first opened. The storehouse is a self guided tour which takes in the region of an hour and a half. The tour offers many highlights over seven floors, all surrounding a glass atrium which takes the shape of a pint of Guinness which extends from the reception to The Gravity Bar. This giant pint glass could hold upto 14.3million pints of Guinness if filled.

Each floor dealing with a particular aspect of Guinness from brewer guides, advertising, ingredients, the Choice Zone, the history of the Storehouse and much much more. The seventh floor is dedicated to the Gravity Bar, and also forms the head of the giant pint of Guinness formed by the atrium. The Gravity Bar offers a place to relax, enjoy a complementary pint of Guinness and enjoy the 360 degree views over Dublin City.

9 – Festivals

From Horse Racing festivals to arts festivals and St Patricks Day, Ireland knows how to put on a good festival. No matter what time during the year you travel to Ireland, there is bound to be a festival of interest to you. The Irish people know how to enjoy themselves, so as part of your experience in Ireland why not join in, and take part in one of the top festivals in Ireland. Below is just a selection of the many festivals held annually in Ireland.

- Dublin Theatre Festival
The Dublin Theatre Festival is sponsored by Ulster Bank and takes place during September and October annually. The Dublin Theatre Festival celebrated 50 years during 2007. The Dublin Theatre Festival was established in 1957 by Brendan Smith who operated the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, which makes it the oldest dedicated theatre festival in Europe. Since then it has grown into a world renowned festival that has staged the works of famous artists as Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and Neil Jordan.

- Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival takes place annually during July and this year will feature more than 400 writers, artists, performers and musicians from all parts of the world. The arts festival in Galway includes theatre, dance, music, literature, visual art, comedy and street performances. The combination of top quality entertainment and the fantastic pub scene in Galway makes this an unmissable event.

- Kilkenny Cat Laughs
Sponsored by Smithwicks, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival is the top comedy festival in Ireland and features the top and up and coming comedy talents in not just Ireland, but also from neighbouring countries. The festival is held over the June bank holiday weekend annually and offers a fantastic choice with over 85 live performances held.

8 – The Burren

Located in north Clare and south Galway, The Burren is a must for any visitor to Ireland. It is easily the most unique and interesting landscape in Ireland, if not Europe, and combines distinctive limestone rock formations with rare species of flora and fauna. The Burren’s name is derived from the Gaelic word Boireann, which means rocky place. Its unique appearance is the result of thousands of years of the erosion of limestone by acidic rainwater which left ruts and hollows between the rock surfaces.

Always a favourite with hikers, The Burren has a well trodden walking trail that is 45 kilometres. As well as its stunning beauty, The Burren has long been a Mecca for naturalists. Its ecological diversity can not be found anywhere else in Europe with over 700 different species of plants and ferns growing there. Throughout the year, and especially between April and October, the flowers and plants provide an unlikely explosion of colour among the grey rocks. A remarkable seventy five percent of Irish native species grow in the Burren and it amazingly supports arctic, tropical and alpine plants in its 360 square kilometre area.

7 – Dublin Pub Crawl

The pub is an important part of Irish life, and everywhere you go in Ireland you will see public houses. The connection between the Irish Pub and the arts, in particular literary arts is very strong. In Dublin City Centre there is a large concentration of pubs with connections to famous literary and musical figures.

The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl is probably the most famous of the Dublin pub crawls and leaves from Duke Street nightly. The tour covers a distance of less than 1km in total and takes approximately 2.25 hours to complete. Along the way performances are held which feature Joyce, Beckett, Behan, Lavin, Wide, Boland and Meehan. The tour features 8 pubs in total (4 pubs per tour) and always contains a detour through Trinity College.

The Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl explores the traditional music scene in Dublin. The tour is accompanied by traditional Irish musicians who play at a variety of locations along the way. The tour is mainly focused in Temple Bar and departs Oliver St.John Gogarty pub nightly.

6 – Newgrange

The Passage Grave of Newgrange is one of the most historically significant locations in not just Ireland, but in Europe. The Passage Tomb is only rivalled in importance by Stonehenge in Europe. The prehistoric tomb dates back to circa 3000 BC which make the tomb 400 years older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt and 1000 years older than Stonehenge. What makes Newgrange particularly special is that on the winter solstice annually, a beam of sunlight travels the length of the tomb and illuminates the floor. Newgrange is a designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts in the region of 200,000 visitors annually. Each tour takes 15 people into the tomb itself

Tours through the passage tomb use false lighting to simulate the winter solstice. For entry into the Newgrange Passage tomb during the Winter Solstice, a lottery is held each year. During 2007, 28,106 people entered the draw from which 50 names were drawn. Each winner gets awarded 2 entries into the tomb during the Winter Solstice.

5 – Cruise on the River Shannon

The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland by far, and make for excellent cruising. The River is navigable from Limerick to the Lower Lough Erne in Northern Ireland with 500km of navigable waterways. There are a number of main centres for picking up and collecting boats along the Shannon with Portumna and Carrick on Shannon being the most popular. There can be nothing more relaxing than cruising the Shannon. Life moves at a completely different pace and the only thing one has to worry about on a day to day basis is where they want to spend the night. Everybody on the river is friendly and there are no license requirements needed to rent a cruiser.

There are two main parts to the River Shannon, the river itself and the Shannon / Erne Waterway which travels into Northern Ireland and uses a different navigational system. The most popular routes are from Portumna to Carrick on Shannon, but for those who make their way further north, many highlights can be found off the beaten track.

Cruisers come in all different shapes and sizes, from day boats which can be hired at Leitrim to 7 or 8 berth cruisers that have all the modern comforts of home. The best cruiser is medium in size and has navigational controls both inside and out. When booking a cruiser it is best to book for slightly more people than you plan to cater for in order to enjoy maximum comfort.

4 – Golfing in Ireland

Ireland has often been described as a golfer’s paradise and once you arrive in Ireland you will never be very far away from a quality golf course. The beautiful landscape, excellent choice of courses and reasonable prices has kept golfing enthusiasts coming back to Ireland again and again for years. Ireland mixes some of the best parkland golf courses with some of the world’s greatest links courses. Golf is a major attraction for tourists in Ireland. For those interested in playing the best links courses in not just Ireland, but the world, Ireland has four links courses listed in the top 100 golf clubs in the world.

- Royal County Down Golf Club is located in Northern Ireland and is one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. Royal County Down combines a severe test of golfing skills with stunning scenery.

- Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) is a stunning course situated in Co Kerry, Ireland. The course dates from 1893 and is a private members club although visitors are welcome. One of the main features of this stunning course is the lack of any obvious man made features. The challenge is such that a handicap of 24 or less for a man and a handicap of 36 or less for ladies are minimum requirements.

- Portmarnock Golf Club is located on the outskirts of Dublin in the suburb of Portmarnock and is universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses. The course is located on a small peninsula which extends out into the Irish Sea and is surrounded by water on three sides. If the course was not enough of a challenge in itself, the added wind from the Irish Sea can make this course very difficult to navigate.

- Lahinch Golf Club is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and within close proximity to the Cliffs of Moher. The course was built in 1892 on a vast dune land. The course has been improved several times since it opened, but the core characteristics of this stunning course sill remain strong.

3 – Dingle (Daingean Uí Chúis)

Dingle is without doubt one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and combines old Irish character with the stunning natural beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. The town of Dingle sits on a natural harbour and at the foot of the Slievanea Mountain, both of which add to the natural beauty that surrounds Dingle. The town is a lively combination of shops, pubs and restaurants, all with a distinctly Irish character.

The Dingle Peninsula is the most Westerly point of both Ireland and Europe and mixes unrivaled natural beauty with the harsh weather of the Atlantic Ocean. Everywhere you look on the Dingle Peninsula, you will see the unmissable pattern of harsh weather on the landscape. The stunning Blasket Islands are situated just off the coast of the Peninsula, and can easily be seen from the mainland. The Blasket Islands were inhabited until 1953 by an Irish Speaking people who survived by fishing. There are boat services from Dingle to the main Blasket Island multiple times daily during peak seasons.

While Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula have many attractions (including The Blasket Islands, Conors Pass, Eask Tower, Oceanworld and Rahinnane Castle), the star of the show is most definitely Fungi the dolphin. Fungi is Ireland’s most popular sea inhabitant, and provides entertainment daily to the tourists who take the Fungi boat trips. The operators of the boat trips are so confident that the passengers will see Fungi that they provide a money back guarantee.

2 – Connemara

The Connemara area of Ireland is situated in County Galway and to the west of Galway City. The area is famous for unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. The area was described by Oscar Wilde as “savage beauty,” but even this may be an understatement. The main town in the area of Connemara is Clifden. Clifden is situated on Clifden Bay and is ideally situated as a base from which to explore the Connemara Region.

If you are staying in Clifden, the easiest tourist trail is the Sky Drive which will take you in a circular route along a Clifden Bay and Streamstown Bay with stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Connemara region. The Sky Road is an 11km long and rises to 150 meters above sea level at its highest point, Slyne Head. From Slyne Head, you can enjoy stunning views over Clifden Castle, the islands of Inishturk and Turbot and the town of Clifden itself.

In terms of things to do, the Connemara region is not short on attractions with ample opportunities to enjoy golf, cycling, pony trekking, hill walking, water sports, horse racing and camping. In recent times the Connemarathon has become a major tourist draw. This challenging marathon offers a Half Marathon, a full Marathon and an Ultra Marathon all in one day through some of the most scenic parts of Ireland.

1 – The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a mystical Celtic tourist trail through some of the best scenery in Ireland. The route starts and ends in Killarney, Co Kerry and covers over 170km of stunning scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. It is possible to complete this trail in one day, but to do so would mean missing too many attractions. After departing from Killarney, the route passes through Kenmare, Sneem, Watervill, Cahersiveen and Kilorglin to name but a few towns along the way. During the first part of this trip, Muckross House and the Gap of Dunloe are unmissable attractions while Ross Castle, Lough Leane and the Ladies View are other notable options.

Mourning Poem

If I only had five minutes the day you passed away,
I would have had time to tell you all the things I needed to say.

I never got to tell you how much you mean to me,
Or that you were the best dad, better than any man could be.

The last time that I talked to you
I wish I would have known.
I would have said I love you,
and kept you on the phone.

If I only had five minutes,
the morning you passed away,
I’d give you one last hug so tight and see your great big smile.
I’d tell you that I don’t think I could live without you,
not even for awhile.
I’d kiss your cheek and take your hand and tell you it’s okay to go
And tell you that I’ll miss you,
more than you’ll ever know.

But you were gone so quickly,
One last car ride you’d take.
Before you even knew it,
you were standing at heavens gate.
Now God has called upon you,
It’s time to get your wings.
To leave this life behind you,
And enjoy all of heavens beautiful things.
So wait for me in heaven Dad,
Don’t let me come alone.
The day the angels come for me,
Please be there to bring me home.

‘You have no idea what love is’ she hissed as she turned to leave

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