The year 2013 in Ireland is known as “The Homecoming.”
If you have any Irish blood in you, you are greeted on arrival with “Welcome Home,” and as you prepare to say your goodbyes you are asked, “When will you be coming home again?”
It’s been a heartwarming trip and a very educational one, too.
They still speak of the troubles, meaning the civil unrest of the 1970s. There is an Irish flag but also a flag for each opposing side of the troubles that still causes some deep feelings. I could only compare it to our Civil War from over 150 years ago and the rebel flag, but much more raw for them as it only happened 40 years ago.
They have the same problems facing our nation such as home foreclosures, childhood obesity, too much government, farmers demanding their civil rights and so on. Yet all in all, they are happy, giving people.
I’ve mentioned some of the signs around and about that I find funny. Chemist is the same as our pharmacy, dual carriage lane is the same as our divided highway. They have eat in and take away instead of take out. At one small restaurant I was in charged 1 pound extra (about $1.70) to eat in because of limited seating. We chose not to eat there.
I was able to visit Irvinestown, a place named for my ancestors, who occupied the Necarne Castle for centuries. Yes, really, a family castle! It was built around 1626. The word Ne’ Carne is Gaelic meaning not there.
When under attack, the castle was hid from the invaders by covering it in moss so when they looked over the field there was nothing to see. Obviously, they weren’t too close. Pretty clever. The most recent use of the grounds is for an equestrian park.
It’s up for sale now. How I would love to bring it back into the family. If only I had enough spare change!
I had mixed feelings about leaving. I would have liked to explore more, but time ran out. We flew out of Dublin on Saturday, Oct 5, and arrived at Detroit Metro Airport at 5:30 p.m. Because of the time difference it made for a 29 hour day instead of 24. We were pretty tired when we hit the beds that night.
I’m happy to be on our soil again but so thankful for the chance to have made this journey.
Thanks for putting up with my wandering these last three weeks.
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Community invited to celebrate Mary Tate Weitkamp’s 80th Wednesday
You are invited come to Union City and celebrate Mary Tate Weitkamp’s 80th birthday on Wednesday night, Dec. 18. The party will be 6 p.m. at the Union City Ruritan. They request no gifts. Just bring a picture, card or a smile. Cake and punch will be served.
Christmas is less than two weeks away
Hello from Baldwin.
How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one. I also hope you are staying warm and safe.
Snow and cancellations allow us to slow down
Oh! What a great morning this Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a light snow falling and the sun is trying to shine. Isn’t life just wonderful!
Richmond’s Christmas parade is Friday night
Do you have most of your Christmas shopping done? If not, take a deep breath of air, make a hot cup of tea to clear your mind and schedule an upcoming day to finish your task.
Better safe than sorry with bad weather is forecast
How did you like the “snow day” on Tuesday?
Better safe than sorry, right?
According to the weather forecasters, more of the white stuff may be falling this weekend.
Ice forecast brings back memories of big storms
I am glad that this weather has been a hit or miss for us.
Al, Alice & Ruth holiday concert Saturday
The Al, Alice & Ruth Holiday Musical Special is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Berea Arena Theater. The show will feature special guest Richard Bellando. Featuring the sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, the show will include both traditional tunes such as “Jingle Bells” and “What Child is This” and new Al, Alice & Ruth originals, “Caroling in the Snow” and “Starlit Lullaby.” Admission is $5.
Cold-weather horse nutrition
Winter may not arrive officially until Dec. 21, but wintry weather is already here.
Consider these ideas for feeding your horses this winter.
The first thing every horse owner should do is assess your horses’ body condition scores, or the amount of fat they are carrying.
This is simple numeric system, ranging from 1 to 9 that will help you adjust your horses’ diets so they are carrying the perfect amount of body weight.
Choose the right Christmas tree
When choosing a Christmas tree, freshness is the key. To ensure that your tree has optimum freshness, it is best to cut it yourself.
Now, that is not to say that you need to cut one out of your or your neighbor’s yard, but there are several tree farms in central Kentucky.
If you decide not to cut your own tree, there are several tree lots to choose from in the area. Many of the trees found on tree lots will probably not have been cut locally, but instead shipped in from other states such as North Carolina or even Colorado. Ask the vendor where the trees are from.
Winter chill means it’s soup time in Kentucky
I love the winter months because I can try some new and different soups. I use the crock pot for most of all my soups. Here are some recipes you might like to try.
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