More from Ireland

Early spring is the perfect time 
to be in Ireland.

As I mentioned on a previous post, we just got back from visiting my brother in Belfast. It's early spring there as well as here in Florida - it's just 35 or so degrees cooler during the day. The flowers are busting out all over the country. The hillside are covered with blooming Butterfly Bush Trees, and virtually every house you see has something spectacular happening. If you do go to Belfast, be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens and Palm House downtown near Queen's College. It's pretty impressive. Enjoy!
















Yesterdays comics?

I don't get newspaper delivery at the house and maybe you don't either.
 
So here's some Monday morning comics I hope will start your day with a smile...
 
 
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Irish roads

Some beautiful Irish roads to travel down.

I've just returned from a wonderful ten-day visit to see my Brother and sister-in-law
who live in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
We spent  quite a few days travelling around in the Republic of Ireland
(you DO know there are two different 'Irelands', don't you?).
Anyway, it's a beautiful place if you're not bothered by the weather. Here's some of what I was able to see over there. It's only a small samples, but I'm sure you'll get the idea.

 
There are no direct flights in to No. Ireland from here in Florida so
we had to fly to Dublin and the take the train north to Belfast.
This is the Famous Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin. It has fast become
the most photographed part of the Dublin skyline alongside the Poolbeg towers. 
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This is 'downtown' Glenties. Glenties is a village in County Donegal, Ireland.
It is situated where two glens meet, north-west of the Bluestack Mountains, near the confluence of two rivers. Glenties is the largest centre of population in the parish of Iniskeel.
Fun little town (one city block long, it has seven bars, a hotel and a bookmaker's shop)
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My brother's cottage overlooking the Gweebarra River.
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Some roads in Donegal County look and feel like the US west.
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One of the roads through Glenveagh Natinaol Park - it's the second largest national park in Ireland.
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Beautiful mountains surround you everywhere in Ireland.
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Surely doesn't look like Ireland as you imagined, does it?
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On a back road heading in to DoocharyVillage in the Republic of Ireland.
An Dúchoraidh or An Dúcharaidh, meaning "the black weir", is a small village in the Rosses area of County Donegal, Ireland. Doochary is within the Gaeltacht, meaning the Irish language is the main language used there. Doochary was awarded the 'Tidy Towns' award in 1997.
The entire town center consists of ten buildings.
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A shepherd's path leads the way down towards the Gweebarra River
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Everywhere you look there are ruins of former houses and sheds,
some dating back hundreds of years. Here's a few more:
 


 

June already? Jeez...



 
Get used to it - they'll be voting soon too.
 
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and then what?
 
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Dancing along the Seine. I love doing these...
 
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That inventor musta got really rich...
 
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Mama must be a Giants fan.
 
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Wudda cuppla idjits.
and people voted them into office. Go figure.
 
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Didja catch the bird?
 
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Yup.
 
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Almost summer?



I do enjoy doing these...
 
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Welcome to The Villages...
 
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This guy's pretty funny too...
 
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Good. The little show-off deserves that...
 
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Hold me closer tiny dancer...
 
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yup. Mighta been me.
 
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Tuesday night in Naples?

Cocktails with old friends in Naples - that's Florida, not Italy buddy... ...     ...   ...