So much has happened since April. Scotland and Ireland were fabulous! I can’t wait to go back. Jared has a new set of bagpipes and he sounds better than one would imagine for having never played them before. Don’t get me wrong though… they are LOUD. Steve is the proud owner of a kilt. Although, Jared is the only one to have worn it (in public too). Paul had asked for a four-leaf clover. This was a most difficult task. I resorted to finding a can of shamrock seeds that said ‘Safe for Air Travel’. They were confiscated at the airport on my way home because it didn’t have a certified seal for international travel.
Now I could rant about how conservation departments bring in killer bees and ladybugs, even Japanese beetles that ruin our vegetation and kill people, But I won’t. 😉 Instead, I’ll point out that we already have clover in the states. And I believe it is the same as what they have in Ireland. I wonder if the border patrol stops to inspect the birds that fly in overseas? I must say though, the officer who was only doing her job and confiscated my seeds was very nice and apologetic. She even wrote a note to my son. I thought that was very sweet.
Enjoy the pictures! They are some of my favorite spots!
Glenfinnan, Scotland -The bridge they used in the filming of Harry Potter. It was cold that day!
Loch Ness, Scotland- No Nessie was spotted, but it is an absolutely beautiful place.
Tour Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland- Oops! That was not supposed to happen, but it made the tour more memorable.
Eidenburg, Scotland- Home of Robert Louis Stevenson
Belfast, Ireland- Titanic Exhibit. If you go to Northern Ireland, this is a must see! They are all about the experience. The exhibits immersed you in the experience by sight, feel, smell and even movement. You truly experience the exhibit.
Dublin, Ireland- Tree at Trinity College. One of the first planted there.
Dublin, Ireland- One of the memorial statues remembering the Irish Potato Famine. Notice the dog stalking in the background. This is an emotion visit. There is only the statues on the sidewalk positioned as though they are trying to reach the boats.
Blarney, Ireland- From the top of Blarney Castle. They had one of the most beautiful gardens. I could have spent all day here.
Ireland- Shepherd herding sheep with his dogs. Such a cool experience. He actually lets the sheep loose on the mountainside. What impressed me most is he never yelled at the dogs. They could be halfway up the hill and he would command them in a normal voice and they would respond.
Somewhere along the Ring of Kerry, Ireland- The hills were clear-cut sometime during the boom of ship building. Efforts are being made to plant more trees on the hills. This picture reminded me so much of Southeast Missouri. It kinda made me homesick. I can now understand why my Irish ancestors chose Southern Missouri to call home.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland- One of the signs warning people to stay away from the edge.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland- The little stick like things on the top are people. Now does the little sign make you smile?
On a personal note: My Uncle Jim had ordered a green marble headstone for my Grandma’s grave back in 2003 after her passing. I learned while touring Connemara Marble Quarry that this is the only place in Ireland that has green marble. As if that wasn’t enough to make me feel like I was getting a warm hug, this is also the place I found a real 4-leaf clover!