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A Hawking We Will Go

Sleeping in a castle. Spent the morning hawking. Too cool.

My head is swimming with ideas for Westeros.

One of the falconers recognized me. Even cooler.



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Oct. 20th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Now that sounds like my kind of fun. Keep swimming in those ideas, George!
Oct. 20th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
knowing where you are - if you see the feathered waterford send hello's his way for me please :) totally amazing experience, hope you both loved it! when we visited we did not have any finery for the real meal deal, so we supped (if you can find some hunger following that amazing brekkie spread!) most nights across the moat at Cullens - highly enjoyed. enjoy a well earned break!
Oct. 20th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
That sounds like one of the best days ever. :D
Oct. 20th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Woah!!! I am a falconer! :D I am sure it was an amazing experience!
What kind of birds did they have?
Oct. 21st, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
they were using Harris hawks
for these newbie experiences. They also have peregrine falcons that are used by the owners of the school, and a gorgeous tawny eagle owl named Dingle that I adore. The queen of the Harris Hawks, Rua, hates him, so they have to be very careful on when they take out which birds for multiple visitors. Many pix were taken by yrs. truly. Some day I'll get a flicker account so people can see all the fun we're having on trips.
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Oct. 20th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
YAY!! So glad you guys are having fun. Hope you're resting up well too.

Love. Love. Love. xox
Oleh Demchenko
Oct. 20th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I also many times wondered how people in castles were handling with that problem, without a proper insulation. And glass was rather expensive, if available.
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
In reality, castles were cold and draughty places. Windows were closed off by wooden planks in winter, so to the rooms were dark and without much air circulation. Usually the only warm places would be the kitchen and one smaller room for the ladies with a fireplace (sometimes situated above the kitchen). The great hall would have a fireplace and/or some fire pans as well, but that wasn't enough to get it warm. Rich lords could hang tapestries at the walls, that helped with insulation a bit; and the floor was covered with straw and rushes. But mostly the only way was to dress in layers of wool and - if you could afford it - fur; the beds would also be equipped with a bunch of furs. The one luxury were hot baths.

There's a reason I would pick a place with Roman civilisation for time travel, not the Middle Ages, much as I love visiting old castles (we got plenty in Germany). ;)
Oct. 20th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Write them all down...
...Lest they be lost for ever!

Oh, I forgot, you don't write on the road. Dang it.

(I kid, I kid!)
Oct. 20th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Wish i were hanging around Ireland, sleeping in castles, falconing, and recognizing GRRM...hey look! there he is!
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
What kind of hawk? A Harris Hawk is flown after pigeons, locally, and she's a nervous creature.
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
You went HAWKING? I am sooooo very jealous.
Oct. 21st, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
WOW, George Martin in my home County, what castle did you stay in?
Wish I could have gone to Octocon but i had other commitments. Enjoyed meeting you in Dublin a year ago and hopefully we meet again.
Oct. 21st, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: Mayo
Ashford Castle. George sniffs that it wouldn't stand a seige for an hour.
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Oct. 21st, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Try and make a trip out to Clare Island while you're there, amazing place. I can personally guarantee that it'll be inspirational!
Oct. 21st, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Very, very cool, indeed
Oct. 21st, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Yes! Westeros in progress :)
Oct. 21st, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Happy Times!!
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
A Hawking We Will Go
Sounds like the trip just double qualified as a tax write-off!
Javiera Carreo
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
wow, hawking, that seems awesome XD, a falcon seems like a cool adversary to a raven XD
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
That has got to be one of the coolest things I've heard in a while. What a dream come true...! Falconry has interested me for quite some time; I'd love to try it out in the future. Sounds like a rejuvenating day, and I'm glad it went well!! :)

Have fun on that side of the globe, George!

Jake Stormoen
Oct. 21st, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Jealous!!
dear Jake:
we miss you.

come home soon.


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Oct. 21st, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
That's awesome!

There's nothing quite like doing the cool stuff for real. And any time you're in Toronto, you're more than welcome to come hang out with your sword-wielding fans here at AEMMA.
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a great time, I look forward to seeing how this inspires your writing in some way down the road. I've read some fantasy that has incorporated falconry but none of it really impressed me all that much. I think its something that would work out pretty well in the Westeros Universe, considering all of the royal hunts that take place.

Hawking sounds like a really fun outdoor activity, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. I hope that your trip continues to be an enjoyable experience!
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
A hawk for Lord Snow!
Jon needs another bird for his other shoulder. It's all bare and empty.
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to do that. hope you got pictures for us.
Oct. 21st, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
When you have an idea, write it down. I know you've said you only write at home, but just grab a bit of paper, get it down, and keep it for later. I've found that I tend to forget the best ideas if I wait to write them later.
Oct. 21st, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Maybe you should just stay at the castle until the book is done. For inspirational purposes only, clearly. ;)
Oct. 22nd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
this is where
John Huston and most of the cast of THE QUIET MAN stayed during location filming. So we're quite inspired already. I keep looking for the ghosts of John Wayne and Ward Bond in the bar late at night.....
Oct. 21st, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Right you are, very cool. What sort of falcon was it?
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