Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ireland Day #3

Today starts off with a request from Charlie to visit Ashford Castle located on the west coast of Ireland so we headed over there in Opus and Roscoe's flying van.

Graphics by Karl
Back row l-r: Asta, Stanley, Ruis, Karl, Roscoe, Opus, Mrs. Oz, Momo Kitty & Socks
Front row l-r: Sassy, Scylla, Charybdis, Pinot, Momo Doggie, Emil & Charlie

Wearing our finest costumes designed for our Ireland trip we gather outside of the castle anticipating the wonderful day that is ahead of us.

The history of Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 A.D. when it was originally built as a monastery. Today this wonderful castle, situated at the water's edge, with its imposing exterior has become a renowned deluxe castle hotel since 1939. A stay at the this five star hotel will guarantee that its guests will first hand experience the essence of magic that permeates each room. While visiting the castle it was easy for me to see why it's said that time stands still in Ireland.

Graphics by Asta & Sassy

Taking advantage of over 350 acre of wooded parkland by the Ashford Castle we enjoy a country side picnic.

Graphics by Opus, Roscoe & Sassy

Invited to play an open air concert the Furry Bagpipe Band gathers just before the performance.

There is evidence that the bagpipe was in Ireland from at least the 10th. century but there is no denying the fact that the Pipe Band is a Scottish invention and that the vast majority of the music played is of Scottish origins. The Irish have had no difficulty taking the sound of the bagpipes for generations. The Irish and Scots have more in common than they ever had in difference. Many Gaelic speaking clans of Scotland were descended from Irish tribes who migrated there just as many Irish families have descended from Scottish clans. The pipe band scene in Ireland has played a unique role over the past 50 years in bringing both cultures together.

The adventure continues in Ireland tomorrow with Momo Opus & Roscoe, Karl, Emil, & Mrs. Oz, Ruis, Asta, Stanley, Momo & Pinot, Charlie, Socks, Scylla & Charybdis. Please visit their place for more of the Ireland story.


Momo & Pinot said...

Sissy!!! Another FUN day we spent together! Open air concert was especially enjoyable. We think we look great in costumes.
This has be our annual trip!

Momo & Pinot

Cheysuli and gemini said...

OH it is beautiful there!

Anonymous said...

Sassy, we are so fortunate with the weather here in Ireland. We heard it should be cold and rainy there, but we could just eat outdoors and there was sun.

Oh, those eyes of the people there when they saw us in kilts...hahaha.

Karl & Ruis

Daisy said...

I love seeing all the fancy outfits. Green is a pretty color!

Punkin said...

OHHH Sassy What a wonderful time you all are having. Ya all look so cute in the kilts and love the green hats. Do not drink to much of that beer stuff. It makes you feel real funny. Have a Happy St. Paddy's Day

Woofs and licks

Cat Naps in Italy said...

Another great day! We sure do know how to have a good time. Got to get to sleep now, another big day tomorrow!

Opus O'Tinytail and Rosoce McNutty

Jan said...

Ah, there you are. We missed you earlier. We're glad you're having such a great time, Sassy.


MoMo said...

What fun! I do love playing those bagpipes - we used to have a neighbour who played it nice and EARLY every morning. Good thing he could actually play well.

Eric and Flynn said...

you're having such a great time in Ireland. Mebbe the two of us will take a Holly Day there when the Beans abandon us when they go on their Holly Days.

Asta said...

Sassy siss
It was anothew wondewful feet feel like we have walked in evewy castle on this island, heheh
I'm going to go soak them now and then twy to sneep see you tomowwow!
sweet dweams!
smoochie kisses,Asta

Alasandra said...

We are having the most wonderful time, and the weather has been really nice. The locals say the sunshine follows us around. ~Scylla, Charybdis & Socks


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