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Monday, October 13, 2014

Travels with Lynn Gets Closer to the End .. Ireland!


sometimes when I'm doing a post from my iPad things have a way of going where they want to go, but not necessarily at my bidding. I'm pretty sure first picture should be second in line here, but it's us catching a train in England on our way to Ireland, that involved underground tube trains, rail train and buses! So glad we got there. We loved King Henry's castle at Hampton Court in London, but were
ready once more for old quaint, quiet villages...




I loved drawing these three women in the station. A younger member of their family caught me drawing them and gave me a most approving smile!




Once on the train I had lots of unsuspecting subjects to choose from! 



This photo does not belong here. Perhaps it wanted to remind me how much I enjoyed the village of Wissenburg, Germany and it's colorful buildings. I do believe I've posted what I drew there in an earlier post.



A night to remember, us in Ireland, at an Irish pub listening to excellent authentic Irish music by realIrish  local musicians who played beautifully! They caught me drawing them and asked me to show them these pages before I put them away. I in turn asked them to autograph themselves for me and they did! 


This adorable thatched roof cottage, now a sweater shop, in the village of Doolin, Ireland begged me to draw and color it! I showed it to the French propiortress and she liked it too.


This precious stone house is next door to our BNB here in Doolin. 

Tomorrow we take a bus, then a train back to Dublin. An all day affair. The day after that we fly home. Not at all sure I am ready to do so. It's been a dream vacation, packed full of adventures. My dear husband deserves my undying praise for planning out this marvelous trip. 

We had amazing places to visit, incredible sights to behold, awesome people to meet up with, starting with the ten Sketchbook Klassmates in Amsterdam. Two more in Austria. And Ann Hyde and family, yes William the Lurcher too, in Devon, England...people we didn't know ahead of time, but were wonderful to us, along the way. My husbands family in Germany he'd not seen in fifty years and I met for the first time. Strangers who were just nice to talk to.

And I drew to my hearts content!

Who could ask for anything more? I feel satisfied, fulfilled, happy and very, very fortunate we were able to do this. We packed little, only what would fit in backpacks we wore on our backs. It sometimes became a challenge, but we did it. I'm proud of us. Proud of my body for being strong enough to pull this off. 

Two more long hauls and we can put them away for awhile. But we hope to do it again, as long as we are able! 

PS I have filled two and a quarter art journals on this trip so far.

27 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing your wonderful trip!

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  2. Thanks for coming along. It's our 2nd to last day. Mostly traveling back to Dublin today then flying out of Dublin to home from there tomorrow. I'm filled with memories of so much beauty and fun.

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  3. You two had a lovely adventure... this is what travel should be about! Enjoy your last 2 days in Ireland! Safe flight home....an irate Henry awaits! ;) ♥

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    1. Robin it's been beyond fabulous! I'm so full!!!

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  4. Love reading about your adventures and the places you've been. Great train sketches and I love the one of the musicians. That was one of the things I liked best about Ireland...all the entertainment! Enjoy your last few days!

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  5. Very impressive Lynn, glad you are having such an amazing time. Wonderful drawings have come out of it too!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. Thank you for sharing your travelling sketchbook Lynn, so much enjoyment. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for calming along with me Netty!

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  7. I am so happy you are able to make this trip and take us along. Contiue to have a wonderful time
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Nicole, we are home now trying to overcome jet lag, culture shock, and missing small European villages.

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  8. How wonderful! You know, you could make a coffee table book with these wonderful drawings.

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    1. What a nice thing to say! I might just, but then I have the journals themselves, I guess that's book enough.

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  9. That was fun...I really like the way you capture these journeys. I LOVE the blue on that stone cottage. Beautiful, charming work Lynn. Thanks for sharing! Happy Paint Party Friday :)
    Tam Hess
    cardmakingartists.com

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    1. Thanks Tess it was the blue that drew me to draw that house and the stones of course. Loved it next door to our equally charming BNB in Doolin, Ireland.

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  10. Glad you are home safe and sound. Hope Henry is still speaking to you!

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    1. Henry was probably relieved to learn we had not disappeared off the face of the earth. He had my brother as his caregiver at our home in our absence. He was glad to see us, but had warmed up to my bro in no time at all. All are happy to be reunited.

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  11. Great sketches. So glad Henry had an at home caretaker. Was a wonderful trip to follow.

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    1. Thanks Cris. It was such a fun way to travel for me. And yes, Henry V had a good care giver and was happy to be in his house and not a small enclosure at the Pet Place.

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  12. Wow, two and a quarter journals filled, how amazing that you took so much time to journal. What a grand way to preserve your memories. I especially enjoyed the page at the pub with the musicians. Great idea to get their signatures. You really captured the feel of the night! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Renee Dowling! Yes, art journaling is a wonderful art and way to preserve memories. It's also relaxing and restful, taking a break from walking and seeing so much at once. A lot was done while flying or on buses and trains or at venues like the pub music nights; but also at places along the road, castles, houses, etc. Lots and lots of memories saved this way. I can't tout it enough. It's why I am in Sketchbook Skool too. That is the emphasis. SketchbookSkool.com.

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  13. Wow, looks like you had quite the adventure!!

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