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Saturday, 15 March 2008

The Furry Bagpipers

Today is a long day as Charlie would like to explore the Ashford Castle a mediavel castle which is way out west, near Cong on the shore of the lovely Lough Corrib in County Mayo. It was built in the 13th century by the Anglo-Norman de Burgos family, after their defeat of the O'Connors of Connaught. It was rebuilt and extended by the Guinness family in the 1850's and is now a 5 star hotel.

View from the Lough Corrib

A view of the castle from the battlement

In line with the beautiful period setting we have come prepared with costumes......

Photo by Karl
Front row l. to r. Sassy, Scylla and Charybdis, Pinot and Momo, Emil, Charlie

Back row l. to r. Asta, Stanley, Ruis and Karl, Roscoe and Opus, Mrs Oz, Momo-kitty and Socks

The weather was fine and the countryside was picturesque. Perfect for a picnic.....

Photo by Asta and food provided by Sassy
Front row l. to r. Scylla, Opus, Roscoe, Ruis, Karl, Sassy, Momo-dog

Middle row l. to r. Pinot, Charybdis, Charlie, Asta

Back row l. to r. Momo-kitty, Socks, Emil, Mrs. Oz, Stanley

We have also been invited to take part in a music festival. Here is the world renown Furry Bagpipers....

Photo by Opus and Roscoe
l. to r. - Stanley, Karl, Ruis, Roscoe, Momo-dog, Opus, Asta, Scylla, Momo-kitty, Sassy, Charybdis, Emil, Charlie, Mrs. Oz
Front Little Pinot

The Irish warpipes are analogous to the Scottish highland bagpipes. They have a long history in both Ireland and Scotland although in the last 200 years or so the Scottish tradition has overshadowed the Irish ones

Furries taking part in this adventure include:
Kitties -
Sassy, Karl, Emil, Mrs Oz, Ruis, Opus and Roscoe, Socks, Scylla and Charybdis
Doggies -
Asta, Stanley, Momo-dog and Pinot, Charlie
Please visit them for their stories of our adventure.


Anonymous said...

Did you see those people look...? They never saw furry bagpipers in kilt before, hahahaha.

The castle was awesome!!

Karl & Ruis

MoMo said...

Yep, all 350 acres of it. My aching feetsies!

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Wow, beautiful! We are LOVING this adventure!

Thanks for visiting our blog! Oh, if you are rowdy, occasionally destructive and prone to mischief...then COME ON OVER! YOU WILL FIT RIGHT IN!!!

WASHINGTON, D.C.: LOOK OUT!! First, the White House, the the Pentagon....whoo hoo...could we ever have some fun!!!

We can't wait!!

Alasandra said...

IF we come back to Ireland we want to stay in Ashford Castle next time. There was so much to see and do, we didn't even scratch the surface. ~Scylla & Charybdis

MoMo, Would you like a foot massage, for those aching feetsies? ~Socks

Jan said...

What an adventure. We love the costumes. You all look fabulous.


Cheysuli and gemini said...

Ah look at all that green!

Sassy Kat said...

Another fun day! Who could ask for more!!!????? I cannot tell which event I have enjoyed the most because they all have been fun. Having a hard time with yahoo today, my e mail is down so I cannot keep in touch with those back at home, oh well, such is life in yahooland.

Momo & Pinot said...

Another fun day we won't forget!
We did well as Furry Bagpipe Band! :)

Momo & Pinot

Cat Naps in Italy said...

Wow! You and Sassy sure do know your history! When our human was working with the fire and police (back in the days she worked on an ambulance) she found out that there is a very strong Irish tie within both departments. That is because the Irish immigrants often took jobs that other did not want (like fire and police in the old days). They always played bag pipes at the funerals of fire fighters and police officers, as well as in Irish day parades. That is when the human found out that bagpipes aren't just for the Scots!

Looking forward to tomorrow!
Opus O'Tinytail and Rosoce McNutty
ps.You wouldn't know anything about a game of Thundering Elephants that went on in the hallway last night, do you?

JB's Big World said...

What fun!

MoMo said...

Roscoe and Opus - SS has some very good friends who are scholars in Celtic studies and she herself are into Celtic music. AND we used to have an Irish neighbour who played his bagpipe nice and EARLY every morning. Sheesh!

topcatrules said...

Oh my stars! I just loved that.

Tigger and Trixie just happened to be sitting near each other for that photo - Pye got an individual one made with the same kit. :)

All three live under the topcatrules 'rule' - each one thinks they are the top cat.

But Tigger wanted a little something to call her own, that she has control of - thus Tigger the FBI Cat was born. And Tigger's blog has just been 'picked up' by a Swedish digital scrapbook designer - we are now on her Creative Team.

The Evergreen pic was one of her's from her gallery. You'll be seeing a couple of her designs each month on Tigger's blog from now on.

hello & mimmy said...

my sister's a scottish fold. she wants to know if she can join the furry bagpipers? it looks like you guys are having a lotta funs.

Tesla said...

What a bootiful place yoo saw dere. I doo hope one days i can see sumtin so bootiful.

Jimmy Joe said...

Wow, what fancy costumes you all brought! And an outside picnic sounds like a lot of fun. The grass there looks especially yummy.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Alasandra said...

We like Celtic music too.

Bagpipes early in the morning, Monday - Thursday would be OK as we have to get up early then to tell Daddy bye-bye before he goes to work. But the rest of the time we are sleepy bugs and like to sleep in undisturbed by music of any kind. ~Scylla, Charybdis & Socks