KILLARNEY, IRELAND – a quick stop

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Sept. 29, 2016

Another stop on the Paddywagon Day Tour of the Dingle Peninsula was the town of  Killarney.

Just a quick stop ( a pit stop actually ) but I still got a few shots of the town with its’s traditional lively colors.

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By the way there is a store in  Killarney that  has  free shipping for sheep.

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DINGLE, IRELAND – The Fishing Village

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Sept. 29, 2016

While on the  Paddywagon Day Tour of the Dingle Peninsula, we also made a stop at the little fishing village of Dingle.    This was a quick stop  but long enough to take some photos of this colorful  picturesque town and grab a snack.   Hope you enjoy……

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“Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught” ( unknown)

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DINGLE PENINSULA DAY TOUR, day 2 in Ireland

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Paddywagon Tours in Cork, Ireland,  where  leprechauns always  get front row seating in the bus.

Sept. 28, 2016

My  day tour with Paddywagon Tours, in Cork, was wonderful!!!  Very relaxing way to see the Irish scenery — well most of the time relaxing…..

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It was not easy adjusting  to the Irish driving on “the other” side of the road…

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especially when on the narrow hilly roads,  in the rain and fog and limited visibility.

Though I have to admit our driver, Jerry, was an excellent navigator  and  was never  rattled in the least.

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One of our first sights was the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrauntoohil,  which is rarely seen due to  clouds, fog and rain.  But the clouds hanging low over the mountains was an incredible sight!

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Believed to be 4000 years old, these  Bee Hive Huts  were interesting to see how well  and secure they were constructed, inside and out.  Though the history of these Bee Hive Huts is not well known.

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During  the Bee Hive  Huts visit  I made a  new friend who  greeted me with a friendly ” baa haa haa”.  Sheep can be seen  everywhere  in the Irish fields.  Most are colorfully  branded  with different shades  of dye for identification or……

Also, during the mating season, a ram will be wear  a bag of dye around its neck and chest.  When the ram mounts the ewe, some of the  dye spreads to the ewe’s back.  Then the farmer knows which ewe is pregnant and moves it on to another field.

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Much of the hill sides  look like the photo above, though many “sections” also have sheep or cattle grazing. Hedge rows, instead of fences,  separate the sections and effectively keep the herds on the property.

These hills are a perfect  example of the “40 shades of Irish green”.

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Dramatic cliffs and crashing Atlantic Ocean   can be seen along the Slea Drive portion of the Dingle Peninsula.

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Even the immerse rock on  the  road sides is an  intimidating sight.   If you can see  the person walking the road, it will give you an idea of the size.

Inch Beach was another stop, where the swell is a favorite for surfers.  The temperature was about 50 degrees  yesterday and it was pouring down rain , which kept me from taking photos.  But it did not stop the surfers  from taking to the swells!

We also visited  the fishing village of Dingle and the town voted “most popular”,  Killarney, during this day tour.  Stay tuned  for my  next blog of these picturesque  Irish towns.

. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.”

– Paulo Coelho

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IRELAND, ARRIVAL DAY IN CORK

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Jet lag and  my DRDA 7R  in Cork, Ireland

Sept. 28, 2016

A theory  exists that  any where from 10 to 60 percent of the world’s population  possess the DRDA 7R Gene , also known as the wanderlust gene.    It’s that gene that  constantly feeds you  an insatiable  desire for new adventures, convinces you need to keep a suitcase packed with the essentials at all times  and leaving at a moments notice doesn’t rattle you in the least.  Thus……

Greetings from Cork, Ireland!…….. where  you can find me and  my DRDA 7R , ready for endless  adventures.

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On my initial  meandering  through Cork I stumbled upon the  English Market and   in my-then- jet lagged brain,  I found these pigs heads  an interesting photo, and wondering, how often do  the Irish need a pig’s head and for what occasion?   Upon more investigation, I learned that the ears can be deep fried, the eyes can be pickled and the rest can be used to make headcheese.  The education of travel.   : )

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Saint Fin-Barres church, built in 1870, was another interesting and beautiful  find.

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St. Fin’s  has many gargoyles to complete it’s French Gothic style.

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The pulpit is unique and  was beautifully painted  60 years  after it was built.

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In  all of the churches  I have  wandered  into during my travels, this was a first – little  needlepoint cushions hanging at each seat that says “kneel to pray”.

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Small row houses behind the church.

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Heading back to the hotel for a nap and in the true fashion of Ireland,  I discovered even the outside of the  launderette is decorated in style.

Stay tuned for more of Ireland  once my jet lap  subsides!

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SUMMER BACK YARD BIRDING 2016

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Mr. Hummingbird  has his winter scarf on this chilly morning.

September 10, 2013

With  fall quickly approaching,  I wanted to share some summer  moments of my fine feathered friends….

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Ms Hummingbird is all puffed in the chill.

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Black Capped Chickadee

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The Nuthatch loves those peanuts.

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Lucky  shot of  the Tifted Tit Mouse  with her snack.

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While picking tomatoes at my daughter’s house,  I spied this little Wren spying at me.

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Gold Finch

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Purple Finch

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Finch with a strange color?

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Sometimes, Downy Woodpeckers think they are Hummingbirds.

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Female Cardinal

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Sleepy Blue Jay

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Lastly, a Flicker Woodpecker.

 

“Those who wish to sing,  always find a song.”

Old Swedish Proverb

 

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