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Tipperary Fields

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County Tipperary is good for the soul.

Each part of Ireland I’ve visited so far has some unique thing going for it. I think Tipperary’s specialty is serenity.

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I believe the fields here are greener than anywhere else in Ireland. The soil is pure black and full of nutrients. The growing season is long and the cows are happy. Coming home to Tipperary calms me, even though I couldn’t really say my life in Waterford is hectic or stressful.

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I think it just reminds me of Cape Breton. The fields with the mountains in the background – the farms and the cows – the neighbourly neighbours. Coming home to Tipp makes me feel, on some level, like I’m coming home to Cape Breton.

It helps that one of my dearest friends from home married Patrick’s brother. In that sense, I really can come home to a piece of Cape Breton in Tipp. My sister-in-law and I have a shared history and grew up in the same place. We can stroll through the fields and reminisce when we’re missing the island, or catch up on the latest gossip – making it almost as if we never left. Knowing my daughter has an auntie who will help instill her sense of place in Cape Breton also calms me.

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I love visiting the family farm. The puppies are eight weeks old and bounding around the place, trying to imitate their hard-working father. The cows are getting heavy with calves and will be giving birth over the next few months. There is an even greater sense of calm on the farm for now, before the calving begins.

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It was wonderful taking a Saturday afternoon walk through the Kennedy fields this past weekend. Even though it started to rain, and even though it was bone-chillingly cold out, the beauty and stillness of the place made it worth it.

Inside the ring fort, where the faeries supposedly hang out.

Inside the ring fort, where the faeries supposedly hang out.

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful. 🙂
    An awesome place to come home to.

    January 27, 2014
    • Thank you, Karen! I’m a lucky lady 🙂

      January 27, 2014
      • You certainly are! This is your dog in the photos? Adorable. 🙂

        January 27, 2014
      • That’s our farm dog, Ben. He’s lovely! We took one of his pups back to Waterford. She’s currently tearing my house apart 🙂

        January 27, 2014
      • Whenever you would like to share a photo… 🙂

        January 28, 2014
      • When she can stay still long enough to photograph I will gladly oblige!

        January 29, 2014
  2. Linda Watson #

    Hello Janine!
    today I”m on my computer, but I usually read your blog posts from my iphone, so find it awkward to send a note to you. Now is my chance, first to say hello and to let you know that I love reading about your life in Ireland with your lovely young family. Your photos and recipes make me salivate, and I’ve tried several of them in my own kitchen. I love your descriptions and pictures of Ireland. They are wonderful… I find myself closely reading the KAYAK.com ads that come to me, especially when they feature trips to the Emerald Isle! Also, I’ve been wanting to ask (but feeling embarrassed to do so… ) the meaning of the name of your blog. What is ‘craic’?

    Take care my dear, and thank you for sharing your many talents.

    Linda Watson

    January 28, 2014
    • Thanks Linda! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog 🙂 You’ve always got a place to stay if you end up coming to Ireland – we’ve got plenty of room! Craic is an Irish word (sometimes spelled crack) that refers to a good time, conversation or a good story. I just thought it was a fun play on words (although the google searches that lead people to this blog sometimes make me wonder). We’ll be home all summer this year if you want to make the trek out to Cape Breton – I know my mom would love to see you!

      January 29, 2014

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