Our next place to stay was Kilamacthomas, which was right outside Waterford. We spent one day there and we got to see where Waterford Crystal was made! It was kinda cool, because when we worked in Grand Cayman our Cariloha store used to be a Waterford Crystal store and everyone would always come in and ask us where they had moved. Now we know all about Waterford Crystal!!
This is a clock that is plated in crystal.
This is the biggest Goblet that they have ever made!
They showed us the process of how they made the crystal. These are all the molds they used, they are only good for about 14 times, and then they are thrown out.
Here is a bear head one, with the glass in it.
Jordan decided he needed the lift to take the stroller about 3 stairs up. Classic Jordan. It took 3 times as long for the kid to get it all setup.
This is the first step of the glass blowing process, they take a chunk of crystal that is heated in the the oven (the bright orange thing behind the guy) and he brings it out here and molds the edges to make them round.
The crystal is attached to the end of a pipe, and the guys literally blow into them to make the crystal grow! It was really sooo cool to see. Then the thing he is placing the crystal into is one of the molds that you saw earlier.
This was a replica of the college football trophy for the winners of 2013. I can’t remember who it was, but they said that the team broke it and they had to make a replacement. (I could be totally wrong about that story, Jordan will have to read this and tell me if I was remembering right)
After the crystal has been formed into the thing it will be, they then mark it to be designed/etched later. So this guys job is to literally mark every glass…that is it.
Then the next guy does the shaving.
We asked him if he had ever cut himself, and he immediately put his hand right on the cutter!! It is like a sand polisher!!! So it is soft and won’t cut him, it is crazy how easily it marks the crystal.
Here are some of the final products. They would take a long time to make! Jordan got to touch the trophy for the NFL 2014 Champions!! it is that big blue and silver thing that Brayden is looking at. (shhh, don’t tell anyone that Jordan touched the trophy, our guide could lose his job!)
This last piece was done in memory of 9-11. It was pretty cool.
We went to a preserved castle. It was underground to keep it in mint condition. It was pretty sweet to see, and learn about how castles were run.
Then we Just walked the streets of Waterford.
Of course, the door!
This was a funny little clock, as Jordan and I walked through Waterford we saw this clock and Jordan wanted to walk to it, the whole time we are thinking it is far away and it will be a big building when we get there….Turns out it is a tiny clock on the waterfront. We had a good laugh about that, hence the picture to remember.
Some of the original stone wall that surrounded the city.
The streets were just so quaint and dreamy. I loved every city we went to!
and you guessed it! More DOORS!!!
These were some statues in Waterford Square.
Back at our house in Kilamacthomas, we had cows right in our backyard, I was in the kitchen while taking this picture. Aunt Molly and Uncle Brent took Gwenyth out to see the cows, she seriously loves seeing animals!! This was a dream for her.
One of the days we went and explored the coast. We drove to a few different beaches and found some treasures. This was a dead jellyfish, it was massive!
Gwenyth loved the ocean! She wanted to get down and play, but it was way too cold and windy at this beach.
Brayden and Ashley found these seashells with holes and next thing we know they are coming at us making crazy noises!! Weirdos! hahahha
Gwenyth’s other favorite pastime, the park! Jordan and I joke all the time that we are Jake and Missy, we know where all the cool parks are and they are just built into our day!
Another cow on the edge.
The weather got warmer and we let Gwen explore the beach herself, she proceeded to pick up rocks then rub them on the back of her head and dropped them…most ending up in her shirt and diaper. Such a silly goose!
A thatched roof! We saw a lot of these and they were supper cool!
This was main street in Kilamacthomas.
And the dreamy arches we drove under every night on our way home.
Our last day in Kilamacthomas we drove through Cork to our next location New-Fergus-On-Market. This is a shot from the parking garage in Cork. It was the largest shopping area I have ever seen! If I didn’t have Jordan and Gwenyth, I could have spent days going into every shop!
We went to the Farmer’s Market and I loved it! So many fun things to buy and eat!
Jordan and I had a good laugh over this sign. It must be true, because the plate was empty!
These were also quite funny. Meat sticks!
There was a guy painting a large scale picture on one of the streets in Cork. I was amazed at how it looked so clean for how many people had stepped on it!!
These signs were on the motorway, and they would count down to the exit. 3…2…1…EXIT. It was helpful!
Onto our final location and our final days!