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Blarney Castle, Republic of Ireland

Blarney Castle sits north of Cork in the southern part of Ireland, its most famous for the Blarney stone which if kissed give you the gift of the gab! The castle is situated on an impressive estate where the entrance fee was part of our tour costs with Busabout / Shamrocker Adventures and we arrived early in order to beat the crowds (mainly tours with older clientele).

Blarney Castle, the Jewel of Southern Ireland Castles

There is a queue to enter the castle and kiss the blarney stone, to give an idea when we arrived it took 35 minutes for us to make our way (causally) through the castle up to the stone. However once we left I noted the line to kiss the stone extended well past a 2 hour mark, so early is essential to avoid a morning in queue and there is plenty of other things to see.

The main attraction… no not the sign!

The castle itself is quite a fascinating structure, while the walk up is enjoyable (yes lots of stairs and tight spaces) they have off shoots into the various rooms used by staff when it was a functional castle. Its a good idea if you can spare a few minutes to check out a few nooks and crannies as they are unique but also give you a bit of breathing room from the line of eager rock smootchers.

The Famous Blarney Stone – and protective rails and attendant.

Now if you don’t want to actually kiss the rock (I for instance did not) its still worth the climb for the amazing views of the grounds.

The poison gardens on the grounds is worth a wander around, if you are into botany or want to notch up your survivalist belt on which plants not to eat this is the place to do it.

A had a good giggle over how some of the plants were in tiny protected. Mandrake, Wolsbane, Nightshade… all deadly and in little cages; however, Cannabis (Marijuana) is kept in a playground sized bubble! Priorities…

Those yellow flowers looked so tasty!

On last glance back at the castle… through a rock… oh Ireland is the Emerald Island, but also the land of unique rocks.

Everyone has to get this photo… including me.
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Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration – Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)
Fort de la Presentation, Ogdensburg, New York

Plans for rebuilding this historic site are underway as funding permits. To learn more about the organization spearheading this activity, please visit their website at: Fort de la Présentation

Ogdensburg Founder’s Day Reenactment 2010 – Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration, Fort de la Présentation, Ogdensburg, New York State (Land battle re-enactment)

July 17th, 2010 – Traveled across the St. Lawrence River to Ogdensburg, NY in the United States to watch the Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration re-enactment activities at Fort de la Présentation site in Ogdensburg, New York. Amazing number of tents and re-enactors were present in full costume and gear depicting this period of warfare in the 1760’s known as the French and Indian War.


Due to the large number of photos relating to this re-enactment, I’ve broken posting of this event into two parts. A water battle re-enactment in the previous post and then the photos of the land battle re-enactment in this post.

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Gorham’s Rangers (British Troops)Gorham's Rangers, Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Gorham's Rangers, Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

Gorham's Rangers, Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration - Ogdensburg, NY (Land battle re-enactment)

From Wiki: The French and Indian War is the common U.S. name for the war between Great Britain and France in North America from 1754 to 1763. In 1756 the war erupted into the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years’ War and thus came to be regarded as the North American theater of that war. In Canada, it is usually just referred to as the Seven Years’ War, although French speakers in Quebec often call it La guerre de la Conquête (“The War of Conquest”). In Europe, there is no specific name for the North American part of the war. The name refers to the two main enemies of the British colonists: the royal French forces and the various Native American forces allied with them. Although it is not often mentioned, some factions of the Native American communities provided support to British efforts but the primary Native American alliances were with the French forces during most significant skirmishes during this period of conflict. Further WIKI info.

More photo action on the following pages.