Wandering the streets and gardens in the park was fun. The buildings were set to demonstrate different classes and professions at different times in history. There were little cottages and huts that had peat burning fireplaces, then there were more modern houses with desks and lights. There were two mills – a vertical and a horizontal wheel – that were being run off of streams that didn’t look like they had enough flow to push the wheels, even though there was a bit of a drop for the horizontal wheel. Along the paths, we saw sheep, goats, deer (elk?), and a very friendly pony. Though we all ate in the same restaurant, we had to split up into smaller groups to be seated. Ladyinthetower joined our table, and I had a good time catching up with her. I had the Bunratty chicken, which was chicken in a mushroom cream sauce that was heavenly. Mmmm.
Back at Blackwater Castle, we settled in for an evening of fine camaraderie in full OTP style. We spread out through the living room and the bar to spin our tales and speak of times past and future. There was a little bit of excitement when JFranklin ran the glasses washer at the bar and blew a circuit breaker. That set off a scavenger hunt through the main floor of the castle looking for breaker boxes and checking those boxes for thrown switches. Unfortunately, that particular breaker was not one of the ones we could reach in the public parts of the castle, so we ended up concluding we would have to wait for Patrick to help us out in the morning. I headed for bed while CK geared up to conquer Europe in the first of many rounds of Ticket to Ride.