I’m not sure I like this format sketchbook, I like the paper and build quality as usual (Stillman&Birn Alpha) but the landscape format means double the work scanning and piecing the scanned pages together to show a full spread, AND if you want to see any of the pages in detail you must click on them. Not arduous, but still…
The drive from Belfast to Donegal is smooth and scenic. We arrived in sunshine (Yay!) making our way along the shore of Lough Swilly up through Ramelton (pronounced ra-MEL-ton) to the neat and quintessential Irish village of Rathmullan and the delightful Georgian country house hotel itself. http://www.rathmullanhouse.com/
I cannot praise this hotel enough. Gently elegant, perfectly arranged, no pretension, but excellent service. One feels at home immediately. We felt at home immediately (which is the whole point of a country house hotel). I swan about pretending that I live there sometime between the 1880s and 1940s – Always family, never staff…
Things weren’t really wonky as in my drawings… Actually things were perfect- and pretty.
The hotel is just a few mins from the beach, just across the lawn down past that bench… where you get views like this :
Old friends joined us. We ate gorgeous food, drank some wine and shared stories and recollections.
I collected some of Mary’s many sayings, and the next day we headed off to see some of the Wild Atlantic Way. Which I will show you in the next post.