Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ireland Revisited: The National Stud

Day 3 of 35: Friday, August 6, 2010

We had one more day to spend in the Dublin area before our time in our home in the Midlands was to begin. When planning the trip, we thought it would take us a couple of days after arrival to shake jetlag and to get used to driving on the left side of the road again. We were wrong on both counts; by Friday we were ready to hit the road and get out of the city.

Once we picked up our rental car on Friday morning, we set out straight away for the Irish National Stud in Kildare, about 40 miles away, and spent almost the entire day there. It's an outing I highly recommend to anyone who likes horses, gardens, and fine scenery.

Above, a stallion is led to the teaser box. At left, Diane has a chat with Indian Haven.

There were many children among the visitors to the National Stud on our day there, almost all of them little girls. Of course.

Fillies and a colt.

The National Stud grounds also boast a museum, a formal Japanese Garden, and a large, lovely, semi-wild parkland called St. Fiachra's Garden. Above, a stony St. Fiachra, patron saint of gardeners, contemplates his domain.

For the second day in a row, Diane attracts gardeners' attention.

The National Stud is evidently a popular wedding site. Low-hanging jokes will be left for harvesting in comments, if anyone cares to.

The Irish National Stud is a truly beautiful place. If you want to spend a few more minutes with other images from the place, please visit our slide show for this day.

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