Ireland: part 3

These photos are from the Ring of Kerry, Blarney and Cobh. The Ring of Kerry is a beautiful drive through one of Ireland's west coast peninsulas. We stopped at a sheep farm to see a demonstration of sheep herding with the adorable border collies. This was my favorite stop on our tour. Probably because I was majorly missing Maebe at that time. :-( We also watched a guy shear a few sheep. It looked terrifying, but apparently it doesn't hurt them.

We climbed the Blarney Castle, which was really neat. The stairs were very cramped, and my claustrophobia kicked in, but I was able to push through after waiting for the crowds to disappear. I was proud of my mom for climbing all the way to the top. I kissed the Blarney Stone, which is an old tradition and is supposed to give you eloquence. Yea right, but that's why they call it blarney (or rubbish).



I love Gregory Alan Isakov's songs. They take me somewhere magical...


ireland: part 2

These photos are from Skellig, Foynes and Killarney. We drove by a golf course and our tour director told us that all golfers had to play with two pairs of socks. Someone in our tour asked him why that was. He said in case they get a hole in one. :-) 

We saw the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which stands in the original place of the only airport that people traveling from the Americas flew into. There they taught us to make Irish coffees. I didn't really love the taste of it, but it's cool to know how to make it I guess. 

We took a jaunting car ride through Killarney, and saw an impressive Irish dancing show called Celtic Steps.


ireland: part 1

My mom and I had a fabulous time in Ireland! The people were friendly, the weather was great, scenery gorgeous, and I would highly recommend our tour company, CIE Tours. We flew into Shannon, went down and around the southern part of the country and left out of Dublin.

Here are photos from the first couple days of the trip in Shannon and Limerick. We visited King John's Castle, where we learned about the awful and violent history of Ireland. We also saw the Cliffs of Moher, which were spectacular. We drank mead (and old drink with mostly honey and wine) at a medieval banquet. The "lords" and "ladies" played music and danced for us while we ate.


living with less

I really enjoyed this article about living more simply. It goes along with what I have written about before, regarding minimizing your life. 

These are the main points of the article, and what I think about them:
  • Disconnecting from consumerism. I try not to let a lot of things into our house. Also, when people come over I try to give them our stuff if I think they might want/need it, much to my husband's annoyance :-(.
  • Conquering the clutter. I have tried to organize every little space in our house. Still have a couple of areas to tackle though!
  • Finishing what you have. Before I buy anything, especially toiletries, I finish the last drop of everything. This one has always been easy for me, as I have a mom who cuts the toothpaste bottle in half just to get the last little bit out! I'm not as extreme as her, though!
  • Owning just one. I try to do this, but it's not my greatest strength.
  • Focusing on quality, not quantity. It's better to have one good thing than several so-so things. This goes to the first point, but it's easier said than done when the "so-so" stuff you are getting is free.
  • Challenging yourself. I should try what the author says, about wearing 30 pairs of clothes in 30 days.
  • Simplifying your decorating. This is me realizing I don't need a million picture frames, candle holders and vases.
What about you? Have you tried to do any of these?