Day #8 Causey Farm
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Today was our first really rainy day. We went to an Irish farm. We started the morning by learning to dance an Irish Jig. Then we headed outside to the cow and sheep field to learn the sport of hurling. We made soda bread, fed the animals and chatted with the family. It was nice being at the farm because the students were busy and we were able to come and go. They had tea and scones for the leaders and a dry kitchen for us to hide in.
After lunch we loaded onto a tractor and headed to a peat bog. The peat is very clean and cold. It can preserve butter for years. It can also preserve a dead body. They used to lure their enemies into it; they would get trapped in the mud. It is a part of the life cycle that forms the peat used to heat homes. A group of students jumped in and played in the bog. It was funny to see how muddy they got.
After everyone cleaned up we went back inside to watch some traditional live music and dance. Unfortunately I was unable to enjoy it because one of our students was having medical problems. Jon took him to the doctor while the rest of us did all the paper work, parent phone calls etc. He ended up being okay, thankfully.
Back at our homestay house we had a low key night. We shared photos with the family. Re-arranged our luggage and caught up on some much needed sleep.
*** Be sure to check the video of Jill dancing an Irish jig. You won't regret it!