Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

A coworker recently commented that "Still Woods certainly has been STILL".  What can I say, I have been in a blogging slump.  The last few weeks have been full of activity and travel.  I have lots to share, but haven't stopped to write anything down.  Yikes! 

Since tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would show you one of my new acquisitions.  I am a collector of milk glass, but at this point in my collection, I only purchase unusual pieces or pieces that speak to me.  These definitely spoke to me!  They are the perfect addition to my St. Patrick's Day decor.  We often serve desserts on the Reading Room table.  I have these ready for after dinner coffee.
Each St. Patrick's Day, our family celebrates our Irish heritage by sharing a meal of Irish food.  No green colored pasta allowed here (saw that yesterday at the grocery).  Contributions must have Irish roots.  We have put our thumbs down to a few choices over the years.  Did I mention that everyone at the dinner has a name tag with their leprechaun name?  Click here for the link to the Leprechaun Name Generator .  Mine is Shamus McFits!

If you don't have time for an Irish dinner, make sure to watch The Quiet Man.  My all time favorite movie.  It is a wonderfully, romantic movie staring John Wayne as Sean Thornton and Mauren O'Hara and Mary Kate Danaher.  A delightful character in the movie is the spirited Michaeleen Oge Flynn played by Barry Fitzgerald.  I hear that Turner Classic Movies may not play The Quiet Man tomorrow and to that I say "WHAT?".  It is the best St. Patrick's Day movie ever!
Have you traveled to Ireland?  It is at the top of my "to do" list.  One of the local priests organizes a trip to his homeland each year.  He jokingly told me that he would take a Baptist along!  I might take him up on that.  His family resides in Ireland.  I hear it is a wonderful tour.  Sit back and let's take a quick tour of this beautiful country. Dunluce Castle will be our first stop.  The first castle of Dunluce was built in the 13th century.
I hear that no trip to Ireland is complete without a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Just beautiful!
Also highly recommened is Boyne Palace.  It features tombs older that those at Stonehenge. 

The Ring of Kerry is a lovely drive encompassing some of the most beautiful sites in Ireland.
Let's stop at Trinity College in Dublin.  The college was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592.  Below is a picture of the Long Room in the old library.
I found this little castle for rent several years ago while researching Ireland.  According to their website:
the castle, an ancient seat of the Comerford clan, is a five story, 16th century towerhouse 8 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The castle has been restored to its former authentic glory using the same techniques and materials as the original 16th century builders. Couldn't we have a great blogger party here?
 Hope you have enjoyed our tour of Ireland.  Irish Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for a lovely tour! I've just been invited to the O'Neill clan reunion in 2016 and would love to go. I think it would be a great place for a blogger get together.

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    1. Thanks Maureen! How exciting to be invited to your own clans reunion! Are you thinking about attending? We recently spent the night at a B&B. Our host is from Ireland, but sadly has not been to his homeland. He told me that he would only go back when his people were not fighting each other. On a positive note, we spoke of the peace that is beginning to prevail in his homeland. I hope he returns and I hope you are able to attend your reunion. Please take pictures and tell us all about it!
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  2. I'd love to travel to Ireland, too, and Trinity College would definitely be on my list...
    Happy St. Patrick's day to you!

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    1. Hi Ellen. I would not have thought about Trinity College as a tourist destination; however, it is on the "Must See" places in Ireland. The Long Room in the library is so impressive. Maybe one day we will both get to the Land of Leprechauns! Thanks for dropping by and come back soon.
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  3. Hi there, what absolutely beautiful photographs. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Good Morning Chris! Than you for following my blog and leaving a comment. I would be happy to hop on over to your blog and follow along at Retired and Loving It. After the coming year, I will also be retired and I know I will be loving it as well!
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    1. Hi Deb! Thank you. I think the photos are beautiful as well. I long for the day when I can share my own photos with everyone!
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  5. Beautiful and enjoyable entry friend! :)

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    1. Good Morning Michelle! Did you recognize your comment in the post? Thanks for the inspiration to get busy and blog again. I am sharing a decoupage Easter egg project that I am sure your sweet, little girl would like to do with you.
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