Stone Upon Stone

Ballycarberry Castle

Ballycarbery Castle

Cahergal Fort, Cahirciveen

Cahergal Fort, Cahirciveen

Look at the intricacy and sheer number of rocks that make up these Irish walls.  When you really examine them, it is overwhelming how much time, work and thought went into these structures.  And it is also amazing how many thousands of years these structures have withstood Ireland’s invaders, winds, rains, and other natural decayers.  It makes me glad that they are there, solid, enduring, testament to lives lived.  It makes me glad that we have a solid rock in Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, solid, enduring, and always with us.  Blessings, Lisa

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” – Isaiah 26:41

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8

Far Away, So Close

Things that appear beautiful from far away can sometimes be not so attractive when you’re close up. The cracks, blemishes, or trash around the object detracts.   Or sometimes, the closer you get, you see more intricate details and brilliant colors, and the true beauty reveals itself.  Here are two sets of pictures, far away and close, for you to consider.  Let me know…which is more beautiful to you, far away or so close?  Slainte, Lisa

Bray’s Head Tower in the distance on the far hill

 

 

 

 

 

Bray’s Head Tower up close

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Leacanabuille Ring Fort far away

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Leacanabuille Ring Fort up close

 

 

*”Stay (Faraway, So Close)” – U2, Zooropa

 

View From a Beehive (Hut, That Is)

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View From Inside a Beehive Hut, Dingle

Beehive huts can be found in various parts of Ireland, especially in Dingle.    Resembling….wait for it….beehives! in shape, and oft times clustered together in groupings.  www.celticquill.com has a great article on these amazing structures:  “Clocháns are dry-stone buildings dating from c.2000 BC. They are usually round in shape, but rectangular huts are known as well. What gives these huts their distinctive appearance is a building technique known as corbelling, i.e. the layering of stones, with each layer bending slightly closer and narrower towards the peak. Stones were laid with an outward and downward tilt to shed water, making these huts watertight.”

Photo courtesy of http://www.celticquill.com

People lived in them, such as visitors or monks, and later on, they were used for farm animals or storage.  When we visited some in Dingle, we were amazed by two things:  how low the door entrances were (my husband whacked his poor head on one), and how amazingly perfect and dry and intact they still were after all these hundreds of years.  Talk about well-built to stand the test of time.  To quote many a time-traveled elder:  “They don’t make ’em like they used to.”   🙂  Slainte, Lisa