“Irish Scenery” Photo Friday July 19, 2013

A few photos from our recent family trip to Ireland. This first one is a display of Viking-era swords at the national history/archaeological museum in Dublin. One of the things that made Ireland so amazing for me was the sense of age and history in everything, especially compared to Nebraska, where something 100 years old is considered antique.

display of viking-era swords at the national history museum in dublin, ireland

This is hubby and sons checking out a peat bog where locals cut peat for their own use. There were several different shapes to the stacks of drying peat, so we assumed that each family used a different shaped stack to identify their bricks from the neighbor’s. (In the photo below, you can only see one family’s stacks.)

peat bog area

Next is a picture of some of the ruins at the Clonmacnoise Monastary. This site was founded a little after 500 A.D. It is still used at the present as a burial ground (we noticed recent tombstones) and a modern church sits in a discreet location on the site for annual services.

one of the ruins at clonmacnoise monastary in the middle of ireland

Friendly people, beautiful scenery, and a sense of place and history were very evident the whole time we were in Ireland. If you ever get a chance to go there, I highly recommend it.

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About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at http://aldersonangus.wordpress.com.
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6 Responses to “Irish Scenery” Photo Friday July 19, 2013

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  3. Lakes says:

    Hi Jill.
    Oh,what a great trip for all of you! It is nice to read of your adventure. We have not been to Ireland but we have visited Scotland,Germany and France. Scotland is most definitely on the list for a return visit and Ireland is something we have talked about.
    It sounds like your spring/Summer has gone well.
    Summer has been very nice here. Alas, it passes quickly.
    Best wishes.

    • jheem says:

      Hi Lakes! Good to hear from you. Summer has been going fast. I would love to visit some of those countries you saw. I have some Scottish ancestry as well as German. Of course, France is a must-see at some point on the bucket list. Alas, so many destinations and so little money….

      • Lakes, aka Jeffrey says:

        Scots/English on my Fathers side. Swedish on my Mothers. Straight Norwegian on Debbie’s side. We loved Scotland. The cities as well as the countryside. Amazing views. Incredible history. Wonderful hospitality.Such nice people. We highly recommend it.

      • jheem says:

        Now I totally have to go! Will consult you for great ideas for sights when we get our $ saved….

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