|A pair of look-alike cows may be a mom and a calf.|
“Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland”
“Connemara is also the name of a brand
of Irish whiskey produced at the .”
After asking the three doctors I worked with, the surgeon, the cardiologist and Dr. Theo, they encouraged me to enjoy red wine regularly. I contemplated and researched dozens of studies on how red wine affects the arteries. I couldn’t find any consistency in the pros and cons of drinking a glass or two (no more) on occasion.
|Note the dots on this cottage. I refer to this as the polka dot house while Tom refers to it as the nipple house. Typical male.|
The condition of my arteries, according to the doctors, occurred over the past 20 years or more. It didn’t happen overnight. Who’s to say that drinking wine or not drinking wine made a difference especially after I abstained for over 20 years.
|We see this larger fishing boat almost daily in Bertraghboy Bay, where we’re located.|
I haven’t had a cookie, a cracker, a potato, a pasta dish or a sugary dessert all these years. The benefits of this low inflammation diet made me well enough eight years ago that we eventually decided to travel the world which would have been impossible before the diet change.
A painful heredity condition was eradicated through the diet, not necessarily “cured” but allowed for a pain-free lifestyle. But, through heredity, this drastic situation with my arteries ensued.
|Fishing boat in the bay in front of our holiday home.|
The first time I drank wine since the surgeries months ago, was last Saturday night at a pub/restaurant. It was such a joy to sip on the silky flavor of a good Malbec. I drank about 1½ glasses and must admit I felt a bit tipsy after not drinking for four months.
This Tuesday when we grocery shopped, we purchased two bottles of red wine for me and a bottle of Courvoisier for Tom. Happy hour was about to begin again. It’s not so much about sipping the tasty liquids that appeal to either of us. Its the ritual associated with setting aside time to talk, to dream to plan while enjoying our respective drinks.
|Sheep on a hill.|
This one hour has already become special to us. It’s a perfect time to discuss the research we’ve done throughout the day. With inclement weather, we haven’t ventured out this week other than to grocery shop in Clifden on Tuesday.
Again, today, it’s foggy, misty and rainy hardly a day to inspire us to get out sightseeing. Hopefully soon, as we get closer to summer, we’re hoping we’ll enjoy more sunny days.
We don’t mind the cool weather. But, its no fun touring on rainy days when the chill goes right through us. We’re accustomed to the hot weather in South Africa, often hot and humid throughout the day and evening. It’s quite an adjustment especially with the clothes we have on hand.
|There are numerous islands in the lakes in Connemara.|
So, now as we plan and dream for the future during our pleasant “happy hour” as we look out to the sea, we’ve begun to shape some goals of where we’d like to travel after January 2020. At this point, we won’t necessarily be booking any adventure-type activities until we know my legs are fully healed.
However, we are researching where we’ll live for 62 days while in the UK between August 23, 2019, and October 24, 2019, while we await an upcoming trans-Atlantic cruise out of Southampton, UK.
|“Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, if you like then you should have put a ring on it!” This wildebeest pose reminded me of the song by Beyonce at the 47-second mark in the video. Watch the video to see what I mean. (Click the above link). For more photos from this date, please click here.|