Sunday, May 9, 2010

A place I've never been


After what feels like months of preparation, many, many to-do lists, and a whole lot of work, I'm leaving Critter Farm for a bit.

We - my man and I - are heading to Ireland, a place we've dreamed of travelling to for more than a decade.

Interestingly, getting to Ireland right now is a bit of a dicey proposition. Ever since the volcano in Iceland, known as Eyjafjallajökull ("AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl-uh"), started spewing giant, travelling clouds of ash, Irish airspace has been forced to close almost every other day it seems. The most recent ash cloud measures approximately 2,100 miles long and 1,400 miles wide and seems to be hovering just off the west coast of Ireland. Travel is always an adventure, isn't it? We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be physically possible for us to land in Dublin when we get there on the morning of 5/10.

Though I will miss my animal babies, rest assured, the farm will be in good hands. I'll try to post at least a few farm and Ireland updates while I'm gone. This is assuming that they actually have Internet over in Ireland. (joke)


Tá súil agam go bhfuil lá breá agat!

30 comments:

  1. I hope you have an amazing, ash-free vacation!

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  2. I hope you guys have fun, fun, fun!!! Safe travels and Ill see you when you get back!

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  3. Sooooooo excited for you! And yes, travel is always an adventure but the headaches in getting there make the joy of your time there that much more joyful! Can't wait to see some photos and hear some tales.
    I'm terribly jealous but in a good kind of way :)
    bon voyage!!

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  4. Have a great time, guys! Find a good pub and raise a glass for me! Oh, and I want pictures of Irish donkeys, too ;-)

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  5. So so so excited for you! Have a blast! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!

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  6. Safe travels! Stop by the Donkey Sanctuary in County Cork if you're in the neighborhood and need a fix.
    http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ie/

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  7. You'll love it, it's a lovely place, the people are warm and welcoming. Joe has a friend in a little place called Ballyliffin, stunning coastline. Have a great trip.

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  8. You are going on my dream trip! I hope you all have a wonderful time!

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  9. The luck o'the Irish to ye as you travel my fair lad and lassie. Have a great time and . . .

    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    The sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

    The critters will be fine and glad to see you upon your return!

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  10. Today is your travel day! Have fun! We will be anticipating hearing all about Ireland & the fields of green!

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  11. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back!!
    Have fun!!! Good luck!!

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  12. Soooooo jealous! Ireland is at the top of my list of places to see. Please take lots of photos and bring back a thousand stories for us!!!

    Have a great trip!

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  13. have a great time in ireland. i spent much of my life there and it is wonderful. where are you going in ireland? a little hint...don't kiss the blarney stone. the local kids pee on it at night. just a bit of irish trivia!

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  14. How exciting! Have a safe trip!

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  15. Have a lovely time! Best wishes,
    Pat

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  16. AWESOME! Have a fabulous trip Danni - I've dreamed of going to Ireland, as well. With a maiden name like Courtney - well, we're pretty assured that there's more than a smattering of the Irish in us! LOL!

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  17. OH!!! Do have fun!!! DH and I hope to visit Ireland some day!! Have a safe trip both ways!

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  18. Go raibh maith agat. BUT Ta se scamaillach! Oy.

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  19. Ohhh I hope you have a wondrous trip!
    Kiss the Blarney Stone for me! Kim

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  20. Oh I am so jealous! I have always wanted to travel to Ireland. Happy travels and do post if you can. Can't wait to hear more.

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  21. Yay for you guys! I hope you have fun, and don't miss your critters too much. Happy Trails!

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  22. I'm assuming no internet access means you're on your way or are there? I so hope so!!!

    The only Gaelic phrase I still remember is "Póg Mo Thón", but since that means 'kiss my arse', you probably don't want to use it. :)

    Have fun, Danni and her man!

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  23. Hope you have a great holiday! You will almost be within waving distance of us here in Scotland... maybe if we stand on a big hill and get a giant hand... Hope you have a good time, I'd love to go myself, so close and yet we've never been! Why is it you never visit the things so close to you...

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  24. lucky you! enjoy your trip.

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  25. I hope y'all made it there safely! Have a great trip!

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  26. I don't anymore, but if I did... I always say Ireland is somewhere I would love to go!!

    Have a good time!

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  27. Lucky, lucky you. Have an absolutely wonderfully fantastic amazing time! Can't wait to hear all about it. :)

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  28. I want to go to Ireland so much! It's always been a dream of mine.

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  29. What a beautiful place inhabited by beautiful animal souls you have trusted to us to look in on every once in a while. Tomorrow I get to breathe Critter Farm air again and pet all the animals that wish to be petted.

    All is well!

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  30. How thrilling! Hope you have a wonderful time!

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