Saturday, September 26, 2009

Baby knitting

We made it back from Ireland. We're fighting off colds and jet lag. I get to work four days and immediately leave for Oklahoma for a quick trip before I get too big and irritable to travel. I'll post more Irish pictures eventually, but until then, I wanted to brag on myself a bit. I knitted my first baby sweater! I have to say that self striping yarn is fun!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Last night

We're spending our last day in Dublin and flying home t0m0rr0w m0rning...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Connemara and points south.

Not in any particular order...


In front of the cliffs of Moher (otherwise known as the Cliffs of Insanity for all you Princess Bride fans). These are just south of an area known as the Burren. We are over 600 feet above the ocean here.


The very barren Burren. South of Galway there are 10 square miles of this limestone formation. People managed to live in this area and raise cattle. No wonder there are so many stone walls. There is a never ending supply of rocks here.
The town of Westport. It was originally a planned community built to support a local manor house.


Our drive through the Connemara region. A one lane road, lots of sheep and the occasional donkey surrounded by beautiful fields and mountains. There are a lot of peat bogs in this area. A peat bog tried to eat me, in fact.....nearly got my shoe.

C., enjoying the local Guiness. Much better than the bottled stuff in the States. We are at a local Galway pub listening to traditional pub music.

We are now in Dingle, where Gaelic is still the predominant language.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Galway

We've driven across Ireland and have stopped in Galway. It's a good size college town on the western edge of Ireland. Spent most of the afternoon wandering the old town and eating fish and chips. We'll go out tonight for pub food and traditional Irish music. Debating on going to the Aran Islands vs Connemara and the bogs tomorrow.




The Sheep Gate in Trim. The last standing gate from the city walls built during Norman times.

Us in front of the Spanish Arch in Galway. So named because it opened onto the docks where the Spanish used to deliver wine. Galway had the monopoly on the wine trade for a while.


Trim Castle. The oldest Norman castle in Ireland. Parts of Braveheart were filmed here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ireland

We landed in Dublin this morning after 3 hours of sleep. We're in the town of Trim. Sleep now and more travel in the morning!

Friday, September 04, 2009

A couple pictures from the nursery

Just to keep vaguely up to date...


C. installed this closet system in the nursery.


In the meantime, I painted bees on the wall.


My version of Pooh.


A tree that will hold the beehive.