Unlike Chris’s stats “vacation,” I recently had the opportunity to go on a real vacation. To Ireland, no less! Not many herps call Ireland home, so it isn’t a surprise that I didn’t see any. But I did see many many sheep! On the farm, on cliffs, on the road…you name it!
We had the wonderful opportunity to visit the family of a State College acquaintance, as well as their farm. After being stuffed with delicious tea and biscuits, I took the opportunity to watch a father/son team weighing some of their sheep for sale. This family was down to about 300 sheep–enough to breed. They typically sell their sheep at an intermediate weight, and the buyer raises them up further.
After weighing, sheep were marked with a special kind of spray paint to help monitor weight, condition, etc. This seemed to be pretty standard; most of the sheep we passed along the road had interesting color splotches on them.
Part of the reason for going to Ireland at this particular time was to see the Penn State football game against UCF. What a nail-biter! The Irish folk in the crowd didn’t really know what was going on, but they were great spectators.
Of course, we didn’t just go to Ireland for a football game. We made a whirlwind trip of the country, from the west coast and the Cliffs of Moher, to Blarney Castle (you can’t not…), to Northern Ireland and the Giant’s Causeway… The whole country is beautiful, and so so green!
Perhaps by now you’re wondering if this is all an elaborate ruse to share my vacation photos with you. You would probably be correct. No Shame!