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11.3.14

Back to Ireland

I can see a bit of the patio and roof shingles!  There is a break in winter's grip today.  The sun is shining and I see water drops from the deck.  The snow is still deep, but I am sure with the mild temperature today and in the coming days that will change.  There is a squirrel outside  the door and he is searching for his long-buried acorns he stashed away in the fall.  He was smart to hide them in the rocks under the deck.

Jim and I recently took a trip back to Ireland.  Although it was windy and rainy, seeing the green landscape and wild surf was nice for a change.  Minnesota received six more inches of snow while we were gone.  From Dublin we drove to Kilkenny, Killarney, Limerick, and then back to Dublin.  On the way we visited Jim's colleagues, we were able to meet Margie and Mr. Margie, and then Angelika (our German daughter).  It was a delightful trip made even better by visiting friends!

Posing with Elwood and Jake in Chicago before we leave for Ireland.

This was before we found out the Renault Clio had GPS.  Our first stop was Kilkenny.

Rock of Cashel was an impressive sight on top of the hill.

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The carved and painted faces greeted us inside.

The crows were flying all around and took roost in the openings.
Part of the castle is under renovation, but there was still quite a bit to see.

I took the photo as close as I could to where the rope to the bell came through.
Quite a bit of water was dripping.

Cormac's Chapel




The library--I love the colors of the stone, wood, and metal.
We did not eat here, but the name is funny.
Walking up to the castle.  There were hurricane-force winds along with flooding
the week before.  So many trees were down everywhere we went.  Part of the park
pathway was blocked by workers clearing out the damaged trees.
Kilkenny castle.  It was beautiful inside, no photos allowed.
The long gallery was very impressive featuring the wood ceiling.

Kilkenny town.

It never ceases to amaze me the age of some of the establishments!
If those walls could talk...

We picked up clementines and bananas here and then found a
bakery for coffee and fresh scones for breakfast.  I reverted back
to tea during the trip.  Delicious!

Jim got a kick out of this place.
I will post more photos soon.  Back to knitting...I am just about finished with Dacite.  I made progress to the garter stitch on the sleeve since the photo was taken.

Almost there!  HiKoo Kenzie is amazingly soft yarn and has springiness that shows off the stitches beautifully.  I will be happy to see the finished piece when it is blocked.  

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