Monday, May 14, 2018
Good morning from Bubbleville! We both had a great sleep last night in our bubble nest. If it weren’t for the noisy birds we probably would sleep all day.
We choose to finish up the Tenor album and follow it with our only other “un-listened to” choice – Muddy Waters.
The music, coupled with the unrelentless songs of the birds outside our dome is a great start to the day. We lounge in for a while and then tear ourselves away for breakfast. If dinner last night is any indication of the quality of the food overall then we are in for a treat. It does not disappoint.
I have declared this to be my favorite breakfast yet. It reminds me of one of Janel and my favorite restaurants in Madrid that specializes in mushrooms – El Cisne Azul. Absolutely delicious.o
Reluctantly we pack up our belongings and take leave of our beloved bubble. This has been a great experience. So happy I discovered it!
Today’s journey is just a short jaunt around the lake (lough) to the other side. We will be spending a couple of nights at the Lough Erne Resort. The drive is short and scenic with glimpses of the Lough Erne all along the way.
Soon the resort looms large and it looks beautiful.
The next 2 nights will be spent here with 2 days golfing on their two onsite courses – the Castle Hume Course and the Faldo Course. Today we will be golfing the Castle Hume course. We check in (our room is not ready) and then go to the Castle Hume pro shop to prepare for our round.
The weather has cooperated and we think we will stay (mostly) dry today. Both of these courses are “Parkland” style – more lush than the links and lined with trees. Should provide a nice change.
It doesn’t take us long to realize that we must stay in the fairway. Both of us get snookered by the long, long rough early in the round. the fairways are more lush than some of the links courses and the ball simply does not roll. We are disappointed in the bumpy greens. Nevertheless, the layout is nice and the setting is gorgeous.
Even though Rich claimed before we started that this layout would favor me – he won the match. Current count: Rich 4.5/Linda 2.5. Gonna have to kick it up a notch.
Back to the hotel to check out our digs for the next couple of nights. I had requested a suite with a view and am hoping we have a great room.
I am certainly not disappointed with the Dovecote Suite (I especially like the name). It is a gorgeous two-room suite with a bank of rounded windows overlooking the lough and the 18th green of the Faldo course. There is also a huge two person jetted tub in the bathroom. Love it!
We skipped our apres-round pint at Castle Hume in favor of a drink at the Blaney Bar downstairs.
Drinks were pretty good, but service is super slow. We were the only patrons and the bartender(s) had to look up how to make our drinks even though they were in their “cocktail menu.” Took forever…weird.
Dinner tonight is at the Loughside Bar and Grill which is around the corner at the Clubhouse of the Faldo Course. Rich splashes out with the Lamb Shank (he is doing a little “lamb tour” of Northern Ireland.) I go for the Tempura Sea Bass. Both were wonderful.
The evening light is beautiful so we take a wee stroll along the path of the 17th and 18 hole of the Faldo Course. We are both planning our strategies for tomorrow’s match.
Just another day in Northern Ireland. I believe we are starting to get the hang of this place.