Saturday, July 1, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 498

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday! Happy 4th of July weekend! 

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!


1. May 9th-10th, nearing the end of our time in Clifden. On this day we stopped at various places, the Connemara National Park. We had time to check out the park's visitor center, we hiked in the rain on the nature trail past a few waterfalls, we saw lots of wild garlic, bluebells and the Pied Wagtail.




2. Next we were at the Kylemore Abbbey and Gardens, a small bus took us to the near by gardens. We spent some time walking around the garden paths. 





3.  Kylemore Abbey tour, a beautiful setting with the lake in front and mountains behind the Abbey. 








4.  Kylemore Abbey Chapel and nature trail, we spent enough time here we had a nice lunch in the cafe and a walk on the nature trail and time to check out the chapel. I heard more birds than I could see along this nature trail.





5.  My first sighting of a Dunnock, seen on the grounds of the Kylemore Abbey. We lucked out with the sunshine on this day.  



6. This Eurasian Robin landed on a picnic table next to my hubby.




7. Back on the road, the sheep were on the wrong side of the fence. 




May 10th , next we were driving along on the Wild Atlantic Way heading to Galway and our Doolin B&B called Churchfield.  More Ireland scenes, birds and photos coming soon.



Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



Here is my linky:

 I am linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post. 

111 comments:

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    1. Thank you William, for the comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Beautiful, green Ireland! I love your photos.
    Thanks for hosting the Critters!
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae! I loved Ireland.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Cloudia, for the link and comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Incredible! I loved reading about your visit and seeing all the photos. I am going on a little break, and I wanted to tell you how much I love visiting your Saturday Critters posts. Thank you so much for hosting! I will visit you in a few months again. Take care!

    -Soma

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    1. Thank you Soma, for the link and comment.
      I hope is well, enjoy your break!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Ciao Eileen, buon sabato e buon inizio di fine settimana.
    I posti che avete visitato sono fantastici e rigogliosi.
    Quanto verde meraviglioso in queste tue fotografie

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    1. Thank you Stefania, for the comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Hari Om
    My word, I do believe you managed to capture most of the forty shades of green!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, Ireland has many beautiful shades of green.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Glad you saw out Robin he came over looking for a little food I hope you had something for him Lovely images Eileen. Thanks for hosting and commenting. Have a wonderful week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for the link and comment.
      We did not have any food on us at the time, it was nice to see the Robin so close.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Hi Eileen,
    What a great series of photos from your Kylemore Abbey tour.
    You had beautiful views there.
    The hedge sparrows and the robin are beautiful.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for the link and comment.
      Kylemore Abbey is a beautiful place to visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Hello Eileen,

    Beautiful photos from Ireland. The sheeps are so cute and so is the little red Robin. The waterfalls are very pretty. Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thank you Marit, I appreciate your visit and comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Eileen, que lindo passeio e adorei cada cenário por lá, perto dessa Abadia! Muito lindo tudo!
    beijos, feliz JULHO! Ótimo fds! chica e aproveitem bem os dias de feriado de 4 de julho!

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    1. Thank you Chica, for the visit and comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Oh, you triggered wonderful memories for me again, dear Eileen! We've been to all of these places - and Kylemore Abbey really is a gem. I'm particularly happy that you saw the Eurasian Robin sooo close 😍. Yes, the sheep in Ireland, they often don't stick to their fences 😉 - but they're even better on the side of the road than in the middle of the road! (We also had several times...)
    Warm July greetings and all the best, Traude
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    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/06/lavendelzeit-bei-den-rostrosen.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for the link and comment.
      I think we saw more sheep in the road in Iceland, they were all over the place.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. ...Eileen,the sheep along the road are my favorites. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your 4th!

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    1. Thank you Tom, for the link and comment.
      I think the sheep are cute too, a favorite.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Beautiful photos and post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for the link and comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Great photos!
    Love the Robin, but my favorite photo is the Abbey with lake and mountains - Beautiful!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea! The Abbey is beautiful! Have a great weekend.

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  15. It must be fun birding in another habitat! Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn! Yes, it is always fun to bird in a new place. Have a great weekend!

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  16. What a wonderful set of photos, Eileen. Your holiday seem to have been a wonderful time and you certainly saw a lot of the countryside, as well as the lovely flora and fauna. Thank you for hosting and all the best for your 4th of July celebrations.

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    1. Thank you Nick! We did have a great holiday! Take care, enjoy your day and have a great new week!

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  17. The Abbey looks like a wonderful place to visit. The birds are cute, especially the hungry Robin.
    The sheep 🐑 on the wrong side of the fence made me smile. 😄😄
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! I did enjoy seeing all the wildlife on our trip! Have a happy weekend!

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  18. the abbey is magnificent and that robin is just to cute for words. the sheep I want to pet them... lovely views in all your photos

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    1. Thank you Sandra! The Robin is a cutie! Have a great weekend.

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  19. Most enjoyable to tour with you on your travels. That last one with the sheep made me chuckle!

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    1. Thanks Barbara! I appreciate the visit and your comment. Have a happy 4th of July weekend.

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    1. Thank you for your link and comment. Have a happy day and a great new week!

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  21. We have lots of Eurasian Robins here...I love to listen to them sing. Have a fantastic weekend, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Angie! The robins do have a lovely song. Have a happy weekend.

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  22. That abbey looks so wonderful. You gave us a grand tour, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you RedPat! The Abbey is beautiful. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  23. The sheep, oh, my - how did that happen?! Looks like a wonderful trip.

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    1. Thank you Iris, for sharing your post and for the comment. The sheep must escape or there was a broken fence. Have a great weekend.

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  24. Beautiful photos of a wonderful trip. I love the variety you included in this post!

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    1. Thank you Marie! It was wonderful trip! Have a great weekend.

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  25. Those sheep were ready for an adventure too! Love the Robin with it's bright breast and the wagtail! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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    1. Thank you Diane! The sheep were cute to see all over Ireland and the Robin is adorable. Take care, enjoy your 4th of July weekend.

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  26. Precioso ese verde de Irlanda, muy parecido al norte de España. Me encantó verlo. Un abrazo y feliz fin de semana.

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    1. Thank you Teresa! I loved seeing the greens of Ireland. Have a happy weekend.

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  27. Would have loved to tour the Abby. Beautiful scenery!!

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    1. Thank you Karen! The abbey was beautiful! Have a great 4th of July weekend.

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  28. Happy 4th of July, Eileen! The Eurasian Robin is so adorable and the Abbey in such a scenic setting a wonder. Had to laugh at the sheep on the wrong side of the fence. Hopefully drivers are mindful.

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    1. Thank you Maria! I hope you are having a Happy Canada Day! Yes, I hope the drivers are careful around the sheep.
      Have a great day and happy new week!

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  29. Stunning photos of Ireland trip ~ I remember the goats in the road ~ too funny trying to drive with them around ~ Lovely bird photos ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol! The sheep were seen on various roads, they like being free. Have a great day and happy 4th of July!

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  30. I am sure you had a wonderful visit, Eileen. Too bad you didn’t get to some of the seabird colonies, which are spectacular.

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    1. Thank you David! I did see some of the sea bird colonies, I will be showing them in a later post. Have a great day and wonderful week ahead.

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  31. Kylemore Abby is in a beautiful county in Ireland! I visited it long long ago, when I was only 19 years old on my first trip to Ireland. I've been back to Ireland, both the North and the Republic many times since and always enjoy my visits. The one area I have not seen fully was the NW corner, which is most likely where most of my Irish ancestors immigrated from, so I'd love to go there next trip. Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy July! Glad to share some critters on my blog today!

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    1. Hello Pat
      Thanks for sharing your post and for the comment. I know some of my ancestors came from Ireland but I am not sure which county or city. I wish I knew more, Ireland is a beautiful country. Have a great day and happy 4th of July.

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    2. Thank you Pat! The Kylemore Abbey is beautiful and located in a lovely section of Ireland. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  32. What a beautiful place to visit. We have cows in the roads, but not many goats here. Love the robins there. Lovely post.

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    1. Thank you Betty! It is so nice to see a critter post from you! Ireland is beautiful. Have a great day and a happy 4th of July.

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  33. What an amazing setting for that Abbey! Love it. The sheep on the wrong side of the fence and the birds are fun to see. Your collages are very cool of those amazing sites! We pulled the trigger and have flights along with 4 of our kids flying in and out of Dublin but also taking a hopper flight into Manchester, England. We will have a short time in Ireland but will try to get the most we can out of our time there. I've sure enjoyed the photos from your tour. Our daughter and her husband are staying in Ireland and taking a tour with a company while our son and his wife and we journey on to England for a few days. Happy July to you!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, for the comment and visit.
      I hope you enjoy your trip and visit to Ireland.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  34. I just love the robin the most. They are somehow fascinating to my eyes. Beautiful sceneries in your post.

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    1. Thank you Roentare, for the comment.
      The Robin is adorable.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  35. Kylemore Abbey looks incredibly beautiful. How I would love to visit there someday. And you found some new-to-you birds, too! A win all the way around!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie, for the comment and visit.
      I enjoyed our tour of the Abbey and all the new to me birds.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  36. That Abbey is stunning - what a structure in a remote and beautiful location!

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    1. Thank you Lydia, for the comment and visit.
      The Abbey is beautiful, the grounds were lovely.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  37. The abbey looks so beautiful next to the lake.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for the comment and link.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  38. I understand, dear Eileen, why you visit this place. It`s beautiful there. The nature - here seen in your captures - is breathtaking. Sorry, that I find early in the morning now words for you, dear blogfriend. We still celebrating our family. And today on Sunday it`s over now....

    ...wish you a happy 4th of July and a good week.

    Hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun, for the comment and visit.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  39. Lovely photos from your visit! Glad you had such a nice time and saw lots of wildlife!

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    1. Thank you Juliet, for the comment and visit.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  40. Thank you for the nice report from Ireland, Eileen. I like the photo of the Kylemore Abbey standing elegant and serene in such beautiful nature. I smiled to see the sheep on the wrong side of the fence.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, for your visit and the comment. The Abbey was beautiful, a lovely location.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  41. such a wonderful trip...i have enjoyed all of your words and images. the abbey against the mountains is breathtaking. it's so fun to see birds we have never seen before, the bird on the table is adorable, looking for food, no doubt.

    i think a walk in the rain is lovely if one relaxes and enjoys it. this is all i had for today. i have commitments that are keeping me away from "the wild" and also my computer!! enjoy your week and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I appreciate the comment and link.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  42. Good morning Eileen, a day late for me being it's Sunday! Your blog header photo is very nice, as is that sweet Robin that landed on the picnic table how sweet is that. Your photos are beautiful and what a lovely area you visited. Good wishes for a happy 4th enjoy all your festivities! Take care.

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    1. Thank you Karen, for the comment and link.
      the Robin was a sweet bird.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy 4th of July!

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  43. That sounds like a marvelous walk and the sights you shared are outstanding. An amazing abbey with the perfect setting. The birds were cute as are the sheep! Thanks for sharing it all Eileen and Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thank you Denise! Happy 4th of July to you. Have a wonderful week!

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  44. Brilliant Kylemore Abbey, it is stands out others. The Dunnock and Robin are beautiful, thanks Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Bob, I appreciate the comment and link.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  45. Hello Eileen
    Many happy 4th of July wishes to you and yours.
    Another lovely post from your holiday in Ireland.
    As well as the sightings your photograph of the Abbey in its wonderful setting is breath-taking.

    Have a happy July and a great week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for the comment and visit.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  46. The visit to the National Park and chapel turn out to be very fruitful. Great photos of the landscape and critters.

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    1. Thank you Nancy, I appreciate the comment and link.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  47. Amazing place, Awesome photos. Thanks a lot.
    Happy 4th of July, Greetings from India

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    1. Thank you I appreciate the comment and link.
      Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  48. beautiful photos with historical buildings.... wish to visit Kylemore Abbey one day....

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    1. Thank you Tanza! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  49. It is always a very pleasant pleasure to enjoy your excellent reports and photos. I also loved the Irish blessing...

    It doesn't stop raining on the Emerald Island... Here, in the Algarve, the highs are around 30ºC and in Dublin, 17ºC.

    I come to say goodbye for a long vacation time...
    Dear Eileen has many happy encounters on full and happy days.
    ~~~~~~

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Safe travels, enjoy your vacation.

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  50. Πολυ όμορφη φύση, και ωραίες φωτογραφίες!!

    Ευχες για ένα όμορφο βράδυ γεμάτη με όνειρα
    Καλή Αυριανή

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    1. Thank you Morfeas! Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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    1. Take care Gillena, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  52. I enjoyed seeing your photos and reading about your wonderful visit to Ireland.
    Love the Robin.

    Hugs and blessings, Eileen

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    1. Take care Veronica, enjoy your day and have a happy new week!

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  53. Ireland continues to impress, Sheep never seem to stay inside where they are meant to the world over. Great capture of the Robin and Happy July 4th to you and yours.
    Wren x

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  54. loved to see the Robin. I have not seen any this year. Probably as they cut down so mych forest. Wildlive dissapear also.

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    1. Thank you for the comment Monica! It is sad the birds and wildlife habitat is disappearing. Have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  55. Ireland is such a wonderful country, I love it and the people there too. Today I spoke with a friend about their holiday in Ireland. She told me, that it`s very hot too.

    There are many interestings things here to see, to read. I enjoyed your post.

    Thank you for sharing and being part at
    MosaicMonday.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun! Ireland was not hot while we were there we had a few warm sunny days, the rest were cool.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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