While some might suggest that posting photos of my trip to Ireland here is a bit off topic. I’d argue that it was research. Research for drawing better castles and the like on my fantasy maps as well as inspiration for my D&D games!
“Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland.” – Wikipedia
Personally I still thinks it’s a friggin’ castle, not a “tower house”.
Bunratty was intereting in that they actually staged the rooms with furniture and nick-nacks, so you could see what it might have look like with people living in there.
These opening on the left lead to a dark cave under the castle; the one on the right was the dog kennel
Blarney Castle seen through a hole a slab of rock
Blarney Castle Grounds – Look out Tower
Blarney Castle – View of Bell tower seen from inside the castle
Looking down the winding, stone stairs inside Blarney Castle. I doubt they had handrails 600 years ago when it was orignally built.
View of Blarney Castle and adjacent bell tower from below
The view as visitors approach the castle
I was recently on a trip to get some inspiration for castles and the like. We don’t have a lot of those in the Pacific Northwest. In September I travel with a delightful group of ladies to the majestic land of the Irish, which is chuck-a-block full of old castles, cemeteries, monasteries, and ruins.
Blarney Castle & Gardens was one of my favorite stops. It was a beautiful, photogenic location, and the weather was well behaved. A couple days before the area had been hit by quite a wind storm. Up on the tower it was still as cold as tits on witch, but it could have been MUCH worse. (I’m not actually sure why witches have cold tits. Is it because of dancing naked in the moonlight? But considering all the history/mythology of witches tied with Blarney, it seems appropriate.)
Kissing the Blarney Stone
Hoping to get some elequence for my D&D game mastering!
It was a beautiful, sunny December day for a hike to the top of Spencer’s Butte in Eugene, Oregon. This was my first time to the top. Paul and I took it nice and leisure-like, but we made it! You can even see the snow-covered Three Sisters mountains in the distance.