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Tidewater Traveler by George W. Sellers, CTC Burning Dirt The ends of the straw along the eaves of the thatched roof were trimmed as neatly as the fibers of an artist’s paintbrush. The lower edge of the roof was just about at the motor coach’s window level, offering the best view yet of the ancient craft of roof thatching. Our bus rolled to a stop beside the 200-year-old stone cottage on

Rathbaun Farm in County Galway, Ireland. Here the Connolly family operates a sheep and horse farm. Our driver, John, opened the coach door and, from his right-hand-drive position, waved and shouted, “Good afternoon, Frances!” F r a nc e s C on nol ly c ont i nue d strolling toward the bus, wiping her hands on a full-length print apron.

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Tidewater Times July 2011  

July 2011 Tidewater Times

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