Saturday, November 11, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 517

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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 finally getting around to posting the birds I saw on my last full day in Ireland. On this morning we were packed up and left Kilkenny with one stop at Glendalough a Monastic city and the Wicklow National Park. Hubby and I walked around the park, enjoying the ruins, the birds I did see and lovely views of the valley of the lakes. 


1. A distant view of the round tower, we hiked some on the green trail to the lake area. 




A view of the mountain and the trail and lake. 




The Upper Lake at Wicklow National Park and Glendalough. 







2. I saw a few of the Pied Wagtails, this one was posing on a rock in the creek. 





3. Various scenes from Glendalough and view of the Monastic City or settlement, the St Kevin's church




Glendalough is a beautiful place to visit, I like the Round Tower, the Gateway and church, the view of the ruins and the trail and the lake. 




4. I am guessing the ID of this bird, a Jackdaw.  This bird looked like it was nesting between the rocks of the ruins in Glendalough. 






5. I watched a couple of Chaffinches, one male and a female on the ground near our table. We took a break and had some ice cream from one of the local vendors. 







6. The Gateway lead to the cemetery and the round tower. 











7.  I found a few Blue Tits enjoying some berry bushes.  






The Blue Tits are such a cute birds and one of my favorite Ireland birds. 





I had fun watching these Blue Tits, they were too busy eating to worry about me. 





8. The Pied Wagtail posed for me a few times.  




9.  A nice spot to sit and enjoy the view. Looks like the heart was surrounding the bench.




We loved this beautiful park and the scenic views, I did see some cute birds. Leaving Glendalough and Wicklow we headed to Dublin and were dropped off at our airport hotel for the last night of our trip. 


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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.

116 comments:

  1. Loved the lush nature captured.
    Happy weekend!

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  2. Amazing views, Eileen. And I love that love seat :-)) Have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. Thank you Angie, for your comment and your visit.
      It is a pretty seat, a lovely setting.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. I loved those old stone ruins of monastic cities when I visited Ireland. I saw several, but I don't think that I saw that particular one. We did see a number of fascinating towers. Your photos are very enjoyable!

    Thanks for hosting Saturday Critters.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your critter link and your comment.
      This was one of my favorite places that we visited.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Beautiful photos of Glendalough and the birds you saw there! I especially like the Pied Wagtail and the Blue Tits. The lake and mountain photo is a winner!

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    1. Thank you Shiju, for your critter link and your comment.
      It is a beautiful place and the birds were a treat to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Eileen, I just love that Pied Wagtail on the rock and the colourful Chaffinch. The Wicklow mountains and lakes look wonderful. it's such a nice part of Ireland.

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

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  6. Hello Eileen,

    I love to see your beautiful photos from Ireland. The Pied Wagtail is one of my favoritebirds who visit my garden in April every year. The Gateway was very nice made. The bench with the huge plant was very nice too.
    Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your critter link and your comment.
      I did enjoy seeing the Wagtail and all the birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. The first shot is especially beautiful, they are all lovely and that bench I would like to sit down on and enjoy this beautiful park!
    Have a wonderful Saturday (rainy here, but I have a beautiful umbrella :-)

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your critter link and your comment.
      It was a pretty bench and a beautiful park.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Hello Eileen,
    Great series of photos from your walk in the park.
    The ruins are very beautiful, especially the round tower and the church.
    The last photo of the bench is my favorite, you can sit there and take a good look at everything.
    I wish you a good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your critter link and your comment.
      It was a lovely place to visit!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your Ireland trip memories. I visited there long ago and have just paper photos but nice memories too.
    The birds in this post are all familiar to me, at last. 😉
    Happy weekend to you and be well!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your critter link and your comment.
      I was happy to add these birds to my life list.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Eileen, que maravilhoso tudo por aqui!

    Perfeito lugar e adorei ver os arcos, os pássaros, céus e aquele banco me meio ao verde... Adorei! Lindo fds!
    beijos, chica

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

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  11. Looks like a wonderful place to walk and you had great weather too. And yes, the bird is a Jackdaw.

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    1. Thank you David, for your critter link and your comment.
      It was a beautiful place to visit, yes the weather was wonderful too.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. such a beautiful country Ireland is. :) I have the Blue tits visiting my balcony. As there are not many birds around anymore they are VERY welcome :) I feed them a little, even though I'm not really allowed to do it from my balcony.

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    1. Thank you Monica, for your critter link and your comment.
      I would be a happy birder to see these Blue Tits in my yard.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Hari OM
    For me, today, I particularly appreciated the Jackdaw shot... one of my all-time fave wee birds! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM, for your critter link and your comment.
      The Jackdaw did not mind posing for my camera.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Oh yes, dear Eileen,
    Glendalough is absolutely worth seeing. Beautiful memories come back to me; I loved this place! How kind of the Pied Wagtails, Blue tits and other birds to pose for your photos and not fly away! It was wonderful to go for a walk with you in this wonderful place again - this time even in nicer weather than we had back then :-)
    Have a happy weekend and all the best, Traude
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    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/11/ausflug-auf-den-harzberg-im-august-ein.htm

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    1. Thank you Tradue, for your critter link and your comment..
      I loved our visit to Glendalough, it is a beautiful place. The bird sightings were a bonus.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Such a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature. Great captures of the birds, thanks for sharing and hosting, Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for your critter link and your comment.
      I do enjoy any walk where I can enjoy nature.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. ...Eileen, you saw so any birds in such a gorgeous setting. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you will have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for your critter link and your comment.
      It was a beautiful setting.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. What a delightful place to hike in, Eileen. Very good shots of the various birds also. Thanks for hosting and have a great new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick, for your critter link and your comment.
      It is a delightful place to visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. Beautiful scenic views! Interesting birds!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for your critter link and your comment.
      It is a beautiful place.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. Isn't that a wonderful memory of your trip! I really enjoyed them Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for your critter link and your comment.
      Yes, I have many happy memories from our trip.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. I visited the Wicklow County, and of course, Glendalough few years ago when I went with my son to watch in Dublin the rugby match Ireland-Italy. What a beautiful place!!!!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and your visit.
      Yes, it is a beautiful place!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  21. Lovely views of Ireland Did I tell you I am moving to Australia on 28 November to be nearer my daughter Judith? By the way your ID on the KAckdaw is correct. Thanks for hosting and commenting. I hope you have a great week ahead

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your critter link and your comment.
      I hope your move goes smoothly, sounds exciting.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. The wagtails are so cute! "Our" wagtails have left the country for Southern Europe and North Africa for the Winter.

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    1. Thank you for your critter link and your comment.
      I hope you see some winter birds and critters near you. Most of our summer birds have flown south.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  23. Splendid landscapes and photos of historic structures. All the birds would have been new to me. What a satisfying visit you had.

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    1. Thank you Ken, for your critter link and your comment.
      This historical site was beautiful and the bird seen were a treat too.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. Hi Eileen. What great photos of birds and the lake and scenery. I'm sure the ice cream just hit the spot too! Have a super weekend.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, for your critter link and your comment.
      The ice cream was yummy!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. The Blue Tit is really beautiful and it's fun to see photos of some of the birds I've heard about from other bloggers. The buildings are very gorgeous! What a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your critter link and your comment.
      I was happy to see the cute Blue Tit, always fun finding new birds.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. Wow, great photos of beautiful places. Ireland is indeed green it seems and just full of sights. I think I'd love all the hiking.

    Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Thank you Alan, for your critter post and your comment. Ireland is a beautiful country, lots of hiking and scenic views.
      Take care, have a great weekend.

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

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  28. I think the Blue Tits would be a favourite of mine too if I ever saw them. Nice post to wind up your Irish trip, Eileen.

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

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  29. I am very happy you are still sharing your photos from Ireland. Seeing the bird life and wonderful scenery is a real treat to start my Saturday. Thank you Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Denise, for your comment and your visit.
      I have many happy memories from our trip to Ireland, a beautiful place to visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  30. Un final de viaje precioso. Me encantan las fotos del lago y los herrerillos, que no notaron tu presencia y siguieron comiendo. Gracias
    Buen fin de semana Eileen.
    Un abrazo.

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

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  31. Hi Eileen, Your photos have encouraged me to put Ireland on my list of places to see. Your third image, the Upper Lake at Wicklow National Park and Glendalough, is an excellent capture … makes me feel like I’m there. Thank you, as always, for hosting and sharing Saturday’s Critters. And another THANK YOU for all the kind comments you leave for me on my blog … I sure appreciate them. Happy weekend and week ahead to you and yours. John

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    1. Thank you John, for your comment and your visit.
      Ireland is one of my favorite countries to visit, it is beautiful. I hope you get the chance to visit Ireland.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  32. I'm so glad you posted these photos, they are really great. And, once again, made me sorry that I didn't visit Ireland when I lived in the U.K.

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    1. Thank you Inger, for your comment and your visit.
      Ireland has been on my bucket list forever, I was so happy to be able to take this trip. It is gorgeous!
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. Hi Eileen
    The blue tits are such pretty birds! I loved seeing all your photos from Ireland as I visited many of the same places recently. It is such a beautiful country and I especially enjoyed seeing the NW section of Ireland this time where my Irish ancestors came from. I've visited Ireland five times now and still want to go back--so much to see and do there!

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    1. Thank you Pat, for the comment and visit. I really loved Ireland, one of my favorite trips. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. What a lovely visit to Ireland. It is a place of beauty. I have never seen the wildlife there as you highlighted it, Eileen. Great job.

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

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  35. what a wonderful trip this ireland trip was!! i have enjoyed every post, every picture...both the birds and the landscapes!! it was a thrill to see the pied wagtail and the blue tits as well. all of the birds were thrilling to see!! many thanks for hosts and enjoy this rain free weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! I appreciate the link and comment. I did enjoy seeing all the Ireland birds I was able to find. We could use some rain here, it has been so dry. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  36. Oh such wonderful photos of Ireland and the birds you saw ~ thanks, ~ they are all delightful ~ what a fun trip for you and photos for us ~ !!!

    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, for your link today and for the comment. The birds are a delight to see. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  37. Beautiful Ireland scenery, you brought Éire to live there. Love it Eileen.

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

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  38. I so love the couple of Chaffinches! And the "pimpelmezen"... what was the english name? O ja: bluetits. They ars so nice!

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  39. Wow those pictures are just beautiful. Loved them all.

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    1. Thank you Karen, I appreciate the visit and comment. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  40. Wonderful photos of this special part of the world. You found lots of critters, too. Those Chaffinches have such sweet coloring. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Ellen, for the comment and visit. The Chaffinches are pretty. Take care, happy Sunday! Have a great week.

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  41. Hello Eileen
    What a beautiful place, your first three photographs showed such wonderful scenery.
    I enjoyed seeing all the birds, the blue tits are such pretty looking birds.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! The scenery in Ireland was beautiful and the birds were a treat to see. Take care, happy Sunday! Have a great week.

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  42. Beautiful lake and interesting places!

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    1. Thank you Linda, for your link and comment. Take care, happy Sunday! Have a great week.

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  44. Lovely pictures. The lake looks beautiful for a nice kayak or canoe morning.

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  45. Good evening, dear Eileen. Indeed, you was the first today at
    MosaicMonday

    Thank you again, for being part. Now, it`s time to read with calm your lovely post. At once I indulged in memories. It`s a land, which I loved to make holidays there ... and much more. The people like the German and are very friendly. And of course, Wicklow Mountains and all other landscape are treasures of nature.

    Many hugs by Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun! I will enjoy looking back at my blog for all my trip memories. Happy Sunday, have a wonderful week!

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  47. the views look so beautiful....
    Thank you for sharing.

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

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  48. Some things do look better with age. Ancient stone ruins are a marvel.

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    1. Thank you Maria! It is a beautiful place to visit, the ruins are impressive. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  49. Better late than never! Fun nature and a beautiful setting. I really love that archway by the cemetery.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! I appreciate the visit and comment. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  50. Beautiful ruins. What a fun place to explore! I'd love to stroll the cemetery and sit for an insta selfie on that bench.

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    1. Thank you for linking up Sharon! I would be happy to visit Costa Rica again, one of favorite places to visit. Take care, have a wonderful week!

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  51. Hello Eileen :=) So sorry I'm late commenting, but from 10 am Saturday until now I have been without internet. Your photos taken in the ancient Monastic City of Glendalough are wonderful. What an interesting place of historical beauty. Also the views of the mountains and lake in the Wicklow National Park are stunning. I like the idea of the cut out heart forming a love seat, but it looks inviting for anyone to sit and admire the view. Great sighting of the two Jackdaw, the Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch and sweet Blue Tits. Thank you for sharing your photos of your trip to ireland, and thank you so much for hosting Eileen.
    All the best
    Sonjia.

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    1. Hello Sonjia,
      Thank you, I appreciate your comment whenever it is made. Glendalough was a beautiful place, we enjoyed our tour and visit. The bird seen were a bonus, they were all beautiful. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  52. Thank you for showing me. I love trips like this

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    1. Thank you for the link and your comment. We do love traveling. Take care, have a wonderful week.

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  53. What a beautiful trail! Oh I love that bench!!! ☺

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    1. Thank you Rain, for the comment and visit. Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  54. Um país que adoraria visitar um dia... e que agora posso ficar a conhecer um pouco melhor, através das suas formidáveis imagens, Eileen! Grata por esta preciosa partilha! As imagens estão incríveis! Estou apreciando todas ao pormenor...
    Um beijinho! Feliz semana!
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana! I was thrilled to be able tour Ireland, it is a beautiful country. Have a great day!

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  55. Spectacular views, Eileen!
    That bench is in such a unique setting!

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Thank you Veronica! The bench was in a beautiful location. I appreciate the link and comment. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

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  56. Gracias por tan maravilloso paseo. Tus fotografías están preciosas, muy lindo todo, tanto los pájaros como los monumentos. Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Teresa! It was a lovely place for a walk, beautiful scenery! Take care, have a great day!

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  57. great architectures.... love to visit them..

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    1. Thank you, it was a beautiful place to visit. Take care, have a great day!

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  58. Hermosa tu mariposa . Gracias Eileen. Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

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Have a happy day, Eileen

Saturday's Critters # 549

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