Monday, May 25, 2015

Hunting Worms

We came home from a pre-Memorial Day supper, and Husband and the big girls did not come in.
When I checked, they were out in the wet yard and he was showing them how to "pick" earthworms. He taught me how when we were dating.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dublin

Our hotel had beautiful details.



 The Irish thistle woven into the hall rugs.
 The restaurant was called Wilde after Oscar Wilde.
 Traditional Irish breakfast, including blood pudding.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Larry and Ann Farm-Ireland


 Larry had a retired hunter that he used to ride. Beautiful.

We drove to several fields. The land is very rocky compared to ours, but also very fertile and grows wonderful crops.



One of Larry's fields, in front. The split up, smaller fields in back are more typical of Irish field size.
 We drove through the town Larry grew up in, which had a castle ruin.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Irish Farming

Our driver, Sean, did some fancy parking with a couple of farmers giving hand signals to assist. They got it done.
After lunch, we drove over to meet our farmer. Larry and Ann welcomed us to their lovely home and farm.




So interesting how much things are the same. This farmer was the most progressive farmer we met with. He had slowly bought land over the years and removed the traditional hedges between them.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ireland!



London to Ireland. We had time to eat at the airport and several ordered English fish and chips. Impressive serving of fish!!! The white is pea salad.


We felt the most comfortable and "at home" in Ireland. Husband and I both have some Irish blood, so not sure if that is why. It was kind of strange but a definite feeling. Lovely land.

The next day we started off for a farm tour. Went to the town of  Kilkenny to meet  Deidre W., director of Irish Grain and Feed Assn.and ate lunch locally.


Neat little local resturant. We had a farm tour after lunch and then came back and ate supper later.

Wonderful old buildings.


There are bookmakers and bars everywhere. Part of the culture. Out team leader, David is Irish, so husband jokingly noticed as we drove to Kilkenny that "there seems to be a bar every two or three buildings." Without missing a beat, David replied, "Well, this IS a rather conservative part of Ireland!"



Guinness beef pie.

Monday, May 18, 2015

This and That

 A fun May basket from our sweet B. friends. Love the darling flowers.
The girls scrounged me some lilacs for a Mother's day bouquet. Love them! This is a lilac arrangement I bought at our church's spring breakfast and sale. I did not get a photo of the girl's lilacs.
 Rummage score! $2!!!
Wind shear took down our older Morton shed and some branches. Work crew after the storm.M, Bret, L.

 Easter kittens doing well. Had to remove them from window well when it flooded during the storm.
Son J. and old friend Kevin from KELO TV traveled to the Delmont tornado site and took the drone for a spin.