Saturday, August 5, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 503

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Hello and happy Saturday!

 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!

I am sharing some more of our Ireland photos. On May 11th we visited the Cliffs of Moher and we also went to a private sheep farm.


1. My mosaic images are various views of the Cliffs of Moher. We were able to spend a few hours walking the cliffs, checking out the tower and the visitor center. 

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2. The Razorbills one of the many sea birds on the Cliffs of Moher. The Razorbills a type of Auk, they are white and black and there is a white line on the face and bill. 





3. The Black-legged Kittiwake also seen in high numbers on the cliffs. They are white with gray wings, black legs and a yellow bill.



4. The Northern Fulmar was also seen on the cliffs, they are gray and white with a pale yellow thick bill. 





5. The cliff walls were covered with sea birds, I believe these are Common Murre. The Common Murre or Common Guillemot is a black and white sea bird.  They have a thin dark pointed bill. 




6. I wished my camera was able to zoom in closers to all those tiny dots. There must have been thousands of sea birds on this sea stack. 






7. Later on the same day we visited a private working sheep farm. It was neat to see the dogs herding the sheep. Hubby was able to bottle feed one of the lambs. The donkeys, dogs and sheep all seemed very friendly.  




8. Lambs being bottle fed, hubby's hand is in the front wearing his gloves. 




9.  The sheep with their farmer's colors.




10. The herding dogs seem to run with smiles on their faces, they love their jobs. 




11. The herding dog is waiting for instructions. 




12. The dog at work moving the sheep. 





13. Time to pet the cute donkeys. 







14. Some of the farm with a view of the bay, some fiber art using the sheep's wool, an old caravan,  a sample of sheared sheep's wool. The lambs are adorable, a closeup of the sheep black faces, some penned sheep and the lambs inside waiting for their bottles. 




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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.



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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. 

112 comments:

  1. Your trip to Ireland looks so great -- I am really enjoying your posts and your photos. We did some of the same things that you have done, but never got up close and personal with the sheep. Just saw them on the grassy expanses and hillsides.
    Thanks for continuing with the wonderful critter party every week.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your link and comment!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Those herding dogs are so remarkable

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

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  3. Lovely see all the birds nesting on the cliffs and to see the sheep and donkeys. Thanks for hosting and commenting. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your link and comment!
      I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful cliffs and the sea birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. The birds on the cliffs are just such a surreal sight. Cute sheep running around to avoid the dog

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    1. Thank you Roentare, for your link and comment!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Incredible photos! Cliffs, birds, sheep - awesome!

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    1. Thank you for your link and comment!
      The cliffs were beautiful, one of my favorites spots to visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Iconic images of our lovely sheepdogs Eileen. Of the sea bird cliffs too, all those sounds and smells! Glad you enjoyed trip across the pond. Thanks for the link up again.

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    1. Thank you Phil, for your link and comment!
      The cliffs and seabirds were amazing to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. You are describing a pleasant and interesting experience. Nice to see those iconic places and birds.
    Love the sheep and lambs too.
    Thanks and happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your link and comment!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Great photos Eileen, and glad you were able to see some of what I get to see on our cliffs at this time of year.

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    1. Thank you Adam, for your link and comment!
      The cliffs and the seabirds were an awesome sight to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful photos from Ireland. It must have been a wonderful experience to feed the lambs.
    Take care, and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your visit and comment!
      The lambs were so sweet.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Hi Eileen,
    These are great series of photos and collages.
    The Cliffs of Moher looks great, I think it would be great to be able to walk there.
    Beautiful the auks and the kittiwakes, I also love the Fulmar.
    Nice that you went to a sheep farm, I love to see how the dogs herd the sheep in one direction.
    I wish you a good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and comment!
      The Cliffs of Moher was a must see for me, the sea birds were amazing.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Hari OM
    Oh my, that made my hear skip when I saw your new header - I have stood in almost that exact spot! Quite fantastic scenery, is it not? And as my grandad and uncles were sheep farmers, as well as breeders and trainers of Border Collies, those pictures made me all nostalgic! I am so glad you got to experience that, Eileen (and hubby!). I am finally back posting bird sounds, so am happy to join the linky today. YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for your link and comment!
      The Border Collies were so friendly, hard working dogs.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. Dear Eileen, I see adorable herding dogs and sheep, but I'm in a bit of a hurry, I'll get back to you later!
    All the best and warm August greetings,
    Traude
    🌼🪴🍀🌻❤️🌼🪴🍀🌻

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and comment!
      The herding dogs and sheep were a fun sight to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    2. Dear Eileen, as promised, I'm here again. I'm so happy for you that you got a good view of the Cliffs of Moher and surrounding area with all the seabirds! When I first visited there over 28 years ago, there was such a fog that you could hardly see your hand in front of your face, let alone the cliffs. Luckily it was different on our second visit - then we had a clear view.
      A particularly happy memory opens up in view of the sheep and dogs - visiting a sheep farm was a great highlight in Ireland for us too - and it's true, the dogs like to work! (At a show that was intended for two dogs, the third just joined in "for fun" :-D) The donkeys are so adorable - unfortunately we didn't have them on "our" sheep farm at the time - but I really love donkeys!
      Have a nice weekend, thank you for visiting my blog and thanks for your nice comments!
      Traude
      🌼🪴🍀🌻❤️🌼🪴🍀🌻

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    3. Thanks again Traude. We were lucky with our weather during our whole trip. The sheep farm and herding dogs was a fun visit. I love all the animals. Take care, enjoy your day and the new week.

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  13. Encantadoras falésias e penhascos lindos demais. As aves marítimas bem acomodadas no penhasco.
    Lindo de ver!
    Além disso a visita à fazenda proporcionou belos momentos e fotos!
    Muito legal!
    Ótimo fim de semana!
    beijos, chica

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

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  14. These seabird colonies are some of the most spectacular bird sites in the world and it is a great privilege to visit them. The British Isles are especially renowned for them.

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    1. Thank you David, for your link and comment!
      The Cliffs and Sea birds were a must see for me on this trip.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. That looks like an amazing trip! I live vicariously. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for your link and comment!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Ohhh, I love sheep - and donkeys :-) Feeding such a baby must be a wonderful experience :-)

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and comment!
      I loved the sheep and donkeys too, they are adorable.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Your vacation in Ireland seems really wonderful! Hand feeding the baby sheep...what a great experience!

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    1. Thank you Angie! It was fun feeding the baby lambs. They are adorable. Have a great weekend.

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  18. The herding dogs are wonderful to watch. We went to an event where the dogs were showcased and it was great watching them do their job. Great photos as always and thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill! It was fun watching the herding dogs and sheep. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  19. ...Eileen, this sure was a fabulous trip, the sheep are handsome. Thanks for hosting and stay cool and well.

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    1. Thank you Tom! It was a great trip! Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  20. The beauty of the cliffs and the abundance of breeding birds is fantastic. It must have been thrilling to watch the performance of the working sheep dogs. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Ken! The cliffs were beautiful and I really enjoyed watching the sheep dogs. Have a great weekend.

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  21. Wow! Amazing to see all those birds on the cliffs. And I especially enjoyed seeing the lambs and sheep.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea! The numbers of sea birds were amazing. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  22. What a delightful post, Eileen, full of wonderful photos. Thank you for hosting and have a good new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick, I appreciate your critter link and the comment. Have a great new week!

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  23. I especially love the shots of the birds on the cliffs. They don’t need much real estate to establish a home! Love those herding dogs! Amazing animals!

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    1. Thank you Marie, it was amazing to see all the sea birds on the cliffs. Have a happy weekend.

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  24. Beautiful captures and mosaic.
    Happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the link and comment today. Have a great weekend.

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  25. The scenes are idyllic and the dogs are brilliant, although I have read some rare sheep occasionally escape to lead an independent life. And, sadly, many lambs hand fed and learning to trust humans are slaughtered after only a few months of life. Donkeys are most fortunate, often doing the job of wheel barrels but living to be an old age generally.

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    1. Thank you Maria! I think the family were serious sheep farmers and took care of their sheep and dogs. Have a happy weekend.

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  26. Oh ~ such wonderful photos ~ Ireland is so beautiful ~ I remember the goats in the road when I was there ~ sweet photo of the herding dog ~

    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! Yes, Ireland is beautiful. We saw some sheep in the road too. Have a great weekend.

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  27. I'm amazed at the number of birds on those cliffs. It would be such fun to watch the border collies at work, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, for the comment and link. It was amazing to see how many birds there were on the cliffs. I enjoyed the border collies, they were super friendly coming up to greet us. Have a great weekend.

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  28. Awesome new header. Cliff nesting bird are interesting as there are so many nesting together.

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    1. Thank you Red, the cliffs were beautiful. One of my favorite places to visit. Have a great weekend.

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  29. Glad you had good weather to enjoy seeing the cliffs. Friends of our were there when they were socked in with fog and couldn't see a thing. That's fun to enjoy herding and seeing the sheep. Hope you have a restful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Ellen, for commenting. We were lucky with our weather during the Ireland trip. Have a happy weekend.

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  30. Amazing place, Truly Awesome pics. Great post. Thanks a lot for hosting. Happy Weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. It really is an amazing place to visit. Have a great day and happy new week!

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  31. really beautiful images from ireland, i have always wanted to visit!! i was able to decipher the seabirds on the walls, there sure were a lot!! i enjoyed seeing the sheep and lambs, great pictures of the lambs being bottle fed!! have a great weekend and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie. Visiting the sheep farm and watching the dogs herding the sheep was a fun experience. Have a great weekend.

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  32. I love this post. The cliffs look wild and free. I love all the exotic (to me) birds you photographed. I'm so impressed that you know what they are! The sheep are cool. I love the herding dog. My ranching relatives have herding dogs to help with their cattle and the dogs are so smart.
    Thank you again for hosting and have a great week.

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    1. Thank you Alan! The Cliffs has been on my wish list for a long time, I was happy to be able to visit. The sea birds and the cliffs are an amazing sight. I enjoyed watching the herding dogs at work, they love what their job. Have a great weekend.

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  33. Me ha encantado esta entrada Eileen. Gran trabajo hacen los perros y preciosos los corderitos. Gracias .
    Buen fin de semana,
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura! The dogs did do a great job! Have a happy weekend.

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  34. Fantastic pictures Eileen, I love the sea birds and the sheep, beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Bob, I appreciate your comment and your link. Have a great weekend.

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  35. Hello Eileen
    What a lovely post.
    I enjoyed seeing the birds and sheep, especially the lambs being bottle fed.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  36. We spent time at the Cliffs of Moher and it is such a beautiful area. Love seeing the sheep and donkeys.

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    1. Thank you Michelle, for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  37. Lambs are cute. Thanks for sharing us.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment!
      Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  38. Hi Eileen I love your photos of the Cliffs of Moher! I saw them for the first time in 1971 and there were no barriers at that time. I walked right to the edge. It was foolish of me to do that as a local told me that people were sometimes blown off the edge by high winds. As tourism developed much more safety measures were put in and a visitor center. I saw them again in 2008 and may be going on a trip to Ireland ( and Scotland) in the upcoming future! I have a moose in my photos last week and lined that post up. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you Pat, for your link and comment!
      It was very windy the day we were there, I felt like I was being pushed.
      Your Scotland trip sounds nice!
      Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  39. Great photos Eileen, and so many of those interesting birds on the cliffs. That was an amazing trip you had. Thanks for sharing them and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Denise, for your visit and comment!
      It was amazing sight to see, both the cliffs and the birds.
      Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  40. I love watching doggie at work in your pictures.

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    1. Thank you Klara, for your visit and comment!
      The doggies were so cute, they love to work.
      Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  42. dear Eileen big thanks for the this heavenly virtual tour !
    i loved the place with so many pretty birds and breathtaking views Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it must be hard to get back from such lush and gorgeous cliff oh dear
    blessings

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    1. Thank you Baili, I appreciate the comment and visit. Have a wonderful week.

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  43. Your trip to Ireland gave you lots of wonderful photos to share. I love the herding dog and the sheep. Enjoy your weekend my friend!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for the link this week and for the comment. Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  44. People who don't realize that we must love and defend all animals should see these photos. Have a good Sunday.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I do feel all animals need to be protected, they can not talk for themselves. Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  45. Love your photos- I have seen similar birds perched on cliff rocks in Colorado, but I don't know the type. My favorite shots today are the sheep dogs...I could watch them for hours...in fact I follow a couple of tiktoks that show how they train them. Pretty cool, I think. Have a super Sunday!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and for the comment. I did enjoy watching the sheep herding. The dogs seem to love the work. Take care, happy Sunday. Have a wonderful new week!

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  46. Hi Eileen,
    a beautiful post of birds and cliffs. Especially the cliffs make a big impression on me. Of course also the sheep and the donkey, but I think the cliffs are really great to see.

    Regards, Helma
    PS I still can't share my link in your Critters,

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    1. Thank you Helma, for your visit and comment. The cliffs are a beautiful sight to see. Take care, have a great day and a wonderful week.

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  47. One of my cousins enters her sheep dogs in herding competetions. They are such smart dogs.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, for the link and comment. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  48. I would LOVE to visit a working sheep farm. Those photos -- wow. Just to watch the dog and see how it pulls them together is something that always has intrigued me and I'd love to see in person. How lucky you were there at lambing time!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie! It was nice to visit this sheep farm, the dogs really enjoy their herding job. It was not the usual farm that all the big tourist buses visit but a smaller family run sheep farm. We met the whole family, their dogs and farm animals.
      Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  49. Those herding dogs are amazing!
    I loved seeing all those birds nesting on the cliff.

    Hugs and blessings, Eileen

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    1. Thank you for the comment and link, Veronica! Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  50. The sheep dogs love their job! How fun to get to observe that and all the farm! That green countryside is absolutely beautiful -- and wonderful seabirds.

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    1. Thank you Sallie! I really enjoyed watching the dogs at work, it was a fun experience. Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  51. The sheep look funny and interesting.... love them all.

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    1. Thank you Tanza, for the comment and link! Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  52. A wonderful post again ... I enjoyed reaading very much, Eileen. We was 4times there in Ireland and of course on the Cliffs of Moher. There was very intensive Days of Emerald Isle. I wished to make holdidays there again soon. Thank you for sharing at

    MosaicMonday

    Hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun, for the comment and link! Have a great day and a happy weekend.

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  53. great trip with beautiful photos and details....
    Thank you for sharing

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  54. Preciosas partilhas, Eileen, dessa região costeira tão cheia de vida!
    E adorei igualmente as fotos, com os animais da fazenda!
    Devem ter sido dias incríveis! A Irlanda é um país fascinante! Durante a tarde, continuarei por aqui, a espreitar o que mais recentemente deixei escapar por aqui, nestes meses, em que os tratamentos e consultas em modo quase diário com a minha mãe, me deixaram com muito pouco tempo livre... e bastante cansada e stressada... felizmente está tudo mais controlado... mas o problema ainda não está totalmente ultrapassado. E a origem tenho para mim que terá igual à do ano passado: covid, que já ninguém dá por ele... mas que continua a dar problemas aos mais velhotes.
    No ano passado a dermatite, ficou mais pelo inchaço de joelhos... este ano o problema concentrou-se mais dos joelhos para baixo, sendo por isso mais difícil de controlar em peles problemáticas, devido a má circulação crónica...
    Enfim! Esperemos que Agosto continue a ser mais leve, e Setembro, traga soluções após exames mais conclusivos!
    Um beijinho! Bom fim de semana e saúde para todos aí desse lado! Logo mais à tarde, continuarei a viajar por aqui, nas suas lindas fotos, Eileen!
    Tudo de bom!
    Ana

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    1. Thank Ana, I appreciate your comments and visits. I understand you are taking good care of your Mother. I do hope her exams will bring some relief and a recovery. I hope you and your Mother stay safe and healthy, Covid is still around. Take care, have a great day!

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  55. I bet that was a fun day visiting the sheep farm!

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    1. The sheep farm was a fun place to visit! I love seeing all the animals and the sheep dogs. Thanks so much for your visit and comment. Take care and happy Sunday, have a great new week!

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Saturday's Critters # 540

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