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Winter: a poem by Siobhan Lally

icesicle, barn

Winter

The hay so gold
The snow so white
The sky so blue
The sun so bright

The north wind howls
The ice slabs creak
The deer stand silent
The coyotes sneak

By Siobhan Lally (8)
February 2013

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Animals, Events, Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Iceland, the Northern Lights and Buckets

Sharon and Pat at the beach near Vic, Iceland

Sharon and Pat at the beach near Vic, Iceland

riders near Vic

riders near Vic

Icelandic horses near Selfoss

Icelandic horses near Selfoss, descended from Viking stock

It has been my dream (read Bucket List) to visit Iceland in the winter to see the Northern Lights.  When I have expressed this goal to friends, the usual reaction is something like,”Whadaya, nuts?!”  I recently turned 60, and at the end of a really wonderful party attended by family and friends, Pat handed me a book on Iceland.

“We leave on Wednesday,” he said.  This was a Saturday.

We did get to see the Northern Lights, which as it turns out, is not at all a sure thing.  We also stayed on two farms and were treated to tours and long discussions about livestock and farming in Iceland.  Almost all of Iceland’s many tourists visit in the summer months (go figure) so folks had time to spend with us.

We learned that not only are the horses, sheep and cows descended from the original animals that came from Scandanavia in the late 800’s, but most of the people are too.  Turns out the Vikings stopped by Ireland and Scotland to pick up “thralls” on their way to Iceland, so the people are of both Nordic and Celtic descent

Here are some photos of Iceland in winter..

farm with shelter belt to protect from rock slides

farm with shelter belt to protect from rock slides

Icelandic ewes, descended from Viking stock

Icelandic ewes, descended from Viking stock

Icelandic sheep in barn, where they spend most of the winter

Icelandic sheep in barn, where they spend most of the winter

Pat with our new-found farmer friends

Pat with our new-found farmer friends

Idelandic cat and cow

Idelandic cat and cow

Proud farmer.  Each cow has a name, production records and lineage going back to the Vikings.

Proud farmer. Each cow has a name, production records and lineage going back to the Vikings.

Sharon visits with a farmer about his sheep

Sharon visits with a farmer about his sheep

church near Vic

church near Vic

Looking south to the sun overt the North Atlantic

Looking south to the sun overt the North Atlantic

the mountains north of Vic

the mountains north of Vic

Two night trolls were pushing a ship when they were caught by the morning light and turned to stone

Two night trolls  were pushing a ship when they were caught by the morning light and turned to stone

sign on the beach--sadly I couldn't read it

sign on the beach–sadly I couldn’t read it

Sharon with waterfall

Sharon with waterfall

Pat and host, sheep

our host and Pat with Icelandic sheep

 

Blue Lagoon bathers

Blue Lagoon bathers

not the Northern Lights, but sunrise near Selfoss

not the Northern Lights, but sunrise near Selfoss

 
 

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