The Kitchen Window

The Kitchen Window
Antique Milk Bottles with Herbs and Flowers


Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 4 - Westport and Connemara

The fourth day on our tour of Ireland began with another way-too-large Irish breakfast at the Mill Park Hotel in Donegal Town.  We drove along the scenic shores of Donegal Bay - so gorgeous...

Donegal Bay

...then into the county of Sligo and a quick visit to where W. B. Yeats is buried. 

Yeats was born and educated in Dublin but spent his childhood in County Sligo
Yeats is one of Ireland's most influential poets. 

W.B. Yeats 
A Cradle Song by William Butler Yeats
The angels are stooping
Above your bed;
They weary of trooping
With the whimpering dead.

God's laughing in Heaven
To see you so good;
The Sailing Seven
Are gay with His mood.

I sigh that kiss you,
For I must own
That I shall miss you
When you have grown.
Our next few hours brought us through the town of Connemara and the sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains.  All along these desolate roads and mountain passes lie monuments to the Irish people who died during the great Irish Famine.   Here is one of my most favorite photos.
Monument along the Famine Road.
We ended our day in Galway, at the Radisson Blu Hotel which was a little outside of the city.  To tell you the truth, I didn't have a great impression of Galway - we ate dinner at a large pub called the Au Pucan (not so great) in the middle of many other pubs and the streets were full, I mean full, of 21 year old kids drinking and partying. 
 I would need to return to Galway during the day to spend some time and really be able to learn more about it.
Our next day brought us to the fascinating Aran Islands.
More to come...
I'm linked over to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper!!
Ciao, bella!


  1. I've always wanted to go to Ireland! Beautiful!

  2. Ireland is on my list of to go places. I can hardly wait to go.. thanks for sharing, xo marlis

  3. Oh I am so jealous. I would love to visit Ireland one day xx Ava

  4. enjoying the beautiful...and YEP....once a week for 30 years !!! we LOVE our pizza !

    sending love,
    kary and teddy

  5. Such beatiful shots. Looks like an amazing vacation. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. So sorry it's taken me so long to visit.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. I would love to go to Ireland but it probably will never happen so thanks for showing us it's beauty through your lens. Shannon


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