Farm Livin’ is the Life for Me

I rented a house in the country for our time in Ireland. It turned out to be so much more than we had planned.  We drove up to the house, and were greeted by cows on three sides.  We were living on a cattle farm!  The boys (and I) couldn’t be happier!

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There just aren’t words to express the feelings of our everyday lives in Ireland.  And I can’t post enough pictures to show the memories we made there.

The farm was vast.  I wanted to explore all of it right away, but I knew it would take us days to see it all.  And the boys were content to stay wherever the cows were.

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From the kitchen table, we could see two fields of cows. Every room had a great view.

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We had a beautiful stream through the farm.

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I love the walk down the road.  Sometimes the cows follow us.  Sometimes they don’t.  Around a bend is a pretty tree tunnel leading to the backfields.  We could also see the neighboring sheep farms.

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We would drive to town to visit the post office, butcher, market.  There wasn’t much else there.

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The teachers packed us plenty of homework, so we had some quality time at the kitchen table.

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The kids were outside almost the entire time we were there.  It gets light at about 3am and doesn’t get dark until about 11pm, so the kids went out as soon as they woke up, and we had trouble getting them in at night.

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We had a great yard so we could see the kids while cooking, cleaning, doing laundry.

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It was also great for football matches.

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The boys’ primary activity was feeding the cows.  They always wanted to see who would eat from them today.  My oldest was especially dedicated, and would be found having conversations with a cow.

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When it came to our final day on the farm, my oldest got emotional about leaving.  He was going to miss the cows.  So, we took as many pictures as we could of our friends, who now had names.

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The cows seemed to be quite fond of the boys too.

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I will never forget the amazing sunsets.  There were only sparse clouds, and we could see such a long distance to the horizon.  They occurred very late, so they felt like they were just for the hubby and me.

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If you’re a fan of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice, you’ll understand my love for the sun on the field, like in the ending of the movie.  Every sunset took me back to that scene.  We even had a lone tree, which reminded me of another iconic scene in the movie.

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We had a nice good-bye picnic outside with the cows our last day.

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We’ll miss you, Farm.  I’m sure the boys will keep checking on you in Google Earth.

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