Druid's Cottage, Tulla, Ireland

The cottage.

Tulla, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

With names like that who needs addresses.This place certainly didn't have one, which I loved.  I booked this cottage with no address in February. It was the first booking I made for this journey and it was what made it feel most real during the process. Now that I am here it still feels a bit unreal but the cottage is everything I had hoped it would be. It is in the middle of nowhere, aka somewhere in the farmlands, it is quaint, has a garden, a lovely owner, three cats, a lofted bed and no shortage or Irish lanes to walk around. I could not be happier to be here. I wish I was staying here for a month. It feels good to be stationary for a bit, to go grocery shopping, to sleep in for the first time since I left and to cook. When you do long term travel these simple things for a bit can make a world of difference in your ability to continue at your pace and keep your head on straight. You do long term travel because you like the unpredictability of it, but to keep your feet on the ground you occasionally need a something “normal” or at least I do.

Kitty wars...who gets to sleep on the car today?


Walking the lanes. 

There are a million and one things to do in County Clare and I feel liberated by not feeling like I have to do every single one of them. This is usually not the case for me. I usually run around like a mad woman trying to find a way to get it all in. Perhaps it’s this cottage giving me permission to actually relax or that in the back of my head I know that I am going to be on the road for a while and I need to not burn out which for me means doing less. Or maybe it’s that I am trying to create an experience that is authentic to where I am in my life right now, and that means a little break. Maybe I’m just having a lazy few days, a real holiday as they say. I think renting a place like this was part of my plan to give myself permission to cut away from the world for a bit and soak in the sounds of the horse neighing and the tractor in the next field. Letting myself sit in the garden and listen to the bees, literally, I did that! I have never been so free, I have never let myself be and feel so free. Now that’s scary and wonderful stuff and I love it. 

I felt just like this cat the whole time I was there :) 

If you want to know how to rent this beautiful respite or more about it, please contact me.


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