Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The MAIN reason I went to Ireland, of course, was to meet my new grandson soon after his first birthday. Of course, it was good to see my daughter again after 2 1/2 years.
DD Cassia had recommended I draw doggies for Rory, because he loves their Boston Terriers, and loves pictures of doggies too. So we had some Artsy Time together.
We all went to a park a little more distant that had a pond (they called it a lake!) where ducks liked to congregate, to Rory's delight. I got to push him in the stroller a bit.
But he liked to ride high atop his daddy Paddy's shoulders.
Ah, the main attraction for Rory, who would squeal with delight!
It's nice they have such lovely places to go, not too far away. Gave me some pleasant walking!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
My DSIL has one living grandparent, his grandmother "Nana" who lives in Cong. She wanted to meet me, and I came prepared with a couple of Westy figurines because my DD told me she had such a dog. She welcomed us into her home, and served tea and scones, and we had a nice little visit. She is a TALL woman - and my DSIL told me his mother was even taller - so I can imagine how my grandson Rory is probably going to be quite a tower too. I asked for pix to be taken with me and Nana (my pet name as a grandmother is Nina) - so here is Nana and Nina.
Then DSIL suggested the four generations together, so here we are - Nana, Nina, Mommy, and Baby
After our visit with Nana we went to see the statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, because the movie "The Quiet Man" was filmed in Cong.
Then we walked around an Abby and I took pix of some of the lovely scenery amid the ruins.
The above is touted as a fishing hut, but DD and DSIL say it was actually more likely an outhouse! Here I am in ruins of WHATEVER it was.
Ireland is full of old stone walls and bridges and rivulets. LOVELY place!
That's all for now!
Monday, April 21, 2014
One of the many things I enjoyed about my trip to Ireland is the GREEN. Being an island, Ireland's climate is kept temperate by the surrounding seas. After weeks of winter still throwing bouts of cold and snow at us in Rochester, seeing no color but drab grey, brown, black, and still too frequent white, the lush green pastures bordered by ancient stone fences were refreshing to the soul! They even had DAFFODILS. My DD told me that the week before they'd had a Daffodil Festival.
During my second day, while baby Rory napped with his Daddy, DD and I strolled to a nearby park. Here are some pix I took.
This historic cottage was built in honor of one of Ireland's sons.
Many fields had sheep grazing in them - and LAMBS. It was lambing season, which is why I had a number of yummy meals of lamb!
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing. (Ps. 65:13)
More another day!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I'm home at last - arrived no problem in Newark yesterday morning, but United cancelled my afternoon flight home. So, that killed my login streak - ended me with 575 days! Anyway, they put me up in a hotel and gave me meal vouchers. But, WAH! Missed out on Easter service.
My DS came to the airport this morning to retrieve me. Had loads of goodies to unpack, and even as I write I await the arrival of the rest of the family from church. Meanwhile, I have download pix from the trip, spent some time labeling them, and so now I post a few pix.
DD had some lovely flowers waiting for me, plus my own Easter candy, and an album of pix of my grandson, with room to add more.
DSIL obligingly took a pic of me with my DD and DGS after my arrival at their home.
After a couple of hours, DGS Rory allowed me to hold him on my lap, and we chatted a bit...
He even leaned into my kisses!
That's all for the first installment!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There aren't many disappointments here - but I can't use my DD's stationary bike. The distance from seat to pedal is closer and not within my range of motion. If we were to raise the seat, it would be even harder for me to mount. When I saw its brand, G8SP Racer, I thought at first it said GASP and had a chuckle - but given my exertions trying to mount it, GASP would have been very fitting!
Also, since DD drifted from her childhood faith and her DH isn't a church-goer, I didn't get to any church service. Still, I brought my little Gideon's NT, and I also use Biblegateway.com, so I'm in the Word, and in prayer. I am aware of the Lord's presence with me!
To my great delight, Rory has warmed enough to me to cast smiles my way and hand his toys to me. Best of all, yesterday when I flopped over on the couch and asked him for a kiss, he came over and gave me his open-mouthed baby kisses!
And I also see the scale creeping down!
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