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Old 4th December 2008, 01:36 AM
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I thought I'd post a few photos I took of my home area, in County Waterford, Ireland.

This is the view from my backyard:

I like to take walks in the forest in the picture, and on sunny days it can be a beautiful retreat for contemplation or to simply get away from the hustle and bustle of the world.

When I go for walks, my two dogs Lassie and Jessie usually accompany me. Here is a photo of Jessie:



I love pictures of sunsets, and this one was taken earlier this summer from my home. Amateurish, I know, but it did as the backdrop on my computer for a while!


Here is a photo of a part of Glendalough, a famous Irish national park in Co Wicklow, which I visited last year. In the 4th century St Kevin established a monastic settlement here and it became one of Ireland's greatest ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning for over 500 years. Glendalough in Irish means the glen of the two lakes, one of which (the upper lake) is photographed here. It is still a key pilgrimage site in Ireland today.



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Old 4th December 2008, 02:51 AM
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Positively gorgeous....makes me want to come right back again. It's very easy to see the artistic hand of God all throughout Ireland.
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Old 4th December 2008, 12:20 PM
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Nice. Do you grow any food on your land or do any farming?
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Old 4th December 2008, 01:53 PM
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Yes, we farm the land, growing mainly tillage crops like barley, oats and wheat. Up till recently, we also used to grow a field of potatoes. The fields in the top photo (on the right-hand side) belong to my uncle, who lives next door (by next door I mean 100 metres down the road) while our own farm is nearby.

Here are some pictures of a very old combine harvester that my uncle bought and renovated, in action on his farm, cutting a field of wheat. It is more of a novelty than anything else, as it would be sorely lacking in comparison with modern machines! It makes for a good photograph, anyway:




These were taken about 2 years ago.
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Old 4th December 2008, 05:51 PM
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Thank you for sharing these pictures Shane,

Nice places for prayers and contemplation/meditation.
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Old 4th December 2008, 06:08 PM
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Just Beautiful! Thanks for sharing that with us.
My maternal great-grandparents are from County Cork. I hope to visit one day if God is willing.
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Old 4th December 2008, 07:30 PM
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thanks for sharing your peice of the Emerald Isle!

And you live on a farm. Lucky. I always thought it would be neat to grow up on a farm.
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Old 4th December 2008, 11:45 PM
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I like Ireland, I always imagine it all green
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Old 5th December 2008, 03:33 PM
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Wow, beautiful. The pictures of the harvester make me homesick -- not just for the place, but also for the time of my youth. My hometown no longer farms. They still have some orchards and vineyards, but even those are dwindling.

You are blessed.

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Old 1st March 2009, 06:39 PM
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I happened to bring the camera with me on my walk today. I took some pictures, since the day was so sunny here, which is rare.

I find walking helps a lot with contemplative prayer, or just collecting one's thoughts.



Some of the surrounding fields:



A field of cows:




Another view:

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