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Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I loved Ireland when we visited in the 1980s. And they love Americans. I think it is because most Americans have Irish relatives still in Ireland. But three things, actually four, stick in my mine about Ireland. And yes, it is green everywhere - a bright emerald green and all year long too.

One is that every time you buy something or give them money to pay for it, they say "that's lovely." They all say it! Just their way of saying thank you.

The 2nd thing is the Cliffs of Mohr. They are so high from the ocean when you are standing on them that you look down on the birds circling around. But they are magnificent.

The 3rd thing is their small towns. They have more small towns than large towns in Ireland and they are quaint. Just like being in an old "English" movie. And everyone shines their windows even in the rain. Plus we saw more lace in the windows than any place I've ever been! Beautiful bright, clean, crisp windows with Irish lace in them. They have shabby chic in all their homes but just don't know it!! Wonderful to be in an old Irish home and partake of their hospitality. And I can't remember any town we passed through that didn't have a castle. Castles are everywhere there.

The other thing is they burn "peat" for fuel. The pix above shows men harvesting it for their daily supply. It looks and feels like earth because it is "earth" but it burns in their little fireplaces and stoves. I found that just amazing! It's usually a little bigger than a red brick but it smells so earthy when burning it. I loved that. And they seem to have an never ending supply!


  1. How wonderful you have been to Ireland, I hope to go someday. Love the pictures.

  2. Thanks for sharing those pictures! It really makes me want to go vistit Ireland. Beautiful!

  3. Oh Connie, your trip to Ireland sounds heavenly. Such wonderful memories you have ~ thanks so much for sharing!

    Big Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  4. Beautiful Connie! I have always wanted to visit Ireland. You are lucky! Love ya,

  5. Connie, I'm a friend of Patricia's (vintage linen treasures). I couldn't agree with you more about Ireland. We came away from our trip there with the exact same feelings and memories. I would go back in a heartbeat! Love your photos - they brought back lots of memories...thanks, Pam

  6. Connie, Oh I missed your post for this day. Love your pictures and so glad you got to go on that trip. I plan to also one day. You have some wonderful memories and I enjoyed your post so much!

    La Rea Rose


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