Linda, A quick note of greetings from Martin and me in Tacoma and to just let you know again how much we loved meeting you and Stephen and the time with spent with you. As we look back at the wonderful 3 weeks we spent in Ireland and Scotland...and it was all terrific...some of our favorite times were with you two. I tell you, it took everything in me to make myself get in the car that morning and depart! I had the deep urge to toss our schedule and plant myself with a cup of tea in your living room for several more days! ha! I'm holding an intention of doing just that again some day, if you'll have me!
I still have Dingle on my weather app and think of you all often and wonder how things are going. I hope all is well! Do give our best to all your musician friends who welcomed us so kindly. That session and the glorious music was one of my fondest memories from our trip.
And what a trip it was...we saw so much and enjoyed each other and everything we did and saw, AND Martin managed to play music 3 other times...in Dingle as we mentioned, at O'Flaherty's, in Doolin at McDermott's, and in Dublin at Cobblestones. Unfortunately US Airways lost his guitar on the way home! He's still working on that claim and we hope he will eventually get it back or be reimbursed. In addition to the touring about and all the sites and tastes and such from our trip, we took a few "epic" training runs in preparation for our race. We ran through and to such amazing scenery, along the Cliffs of Mohr, and up Conic Hill in Scotland, and to castles and back! Just incredible. The race in Dublin was very fun...a beautiful day and we each did well enough, especially considering how much we'd been eating and how little we'd been running! It was a lovely way to see the city and to meet people too.
Now we are home and I have to confess to having had a touch of amnesia as we were returning. I had really "unplugged" from home and work so much that I wasn't sure I'd remember who I was, what I did for a living and how to do it! :-) It did all come back though and it's nice to be home, albeit with new eyes of appreciation to see our hometown and daily world through.
Our girls did well in our absence and it was so good to get home to see them. They will both be moving out again in September so we are enjoying the last few weeks with them while we can.
I must stir myself to get ready for work now...I think Martin is up and making coffee...and the cat is complaining of not having his full attention.
Have a lovely day and I do hope to hear from you and how you two are when you have the opportunity. Please know that you are always welcome here!
My very kindest regards,