Traditional Irish Cottages at Ulster American Folk Park

This weekend we visited the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh in County Tyrone. I hadn't visited since I was a child and had vague memories of it. It is a really enjoyable day out for all ages. The weather stayed dry for us and it wasn't too busy-just the way I like it! You can explore the various homesteads easier when it isn't crowded. It follows the journey of Irish emigrants from their homes in Ireland, across the Atlantic to their new lives in America. It is fascinating to learn about all those brave people who left our shores to begin a new life in America. In total there are over 40 buildings to explore including traditional Irish thatched cottages to large American log cabins. Along the way you can explore the buildings, meet the costumed characters who tell interesting stories and demonstrate crafts. We particularly enjoyed the lady spinning yarn in the Weaver's Cottage. Below are some images of the Irish thatch cottages. They range from a weaver's cottage, to a small farm cottage, vestry and large homestead. I will post more photographs of the traditional american homesteads in another post. If you haven't visited the Park, you must visit over the Summer months... We had a really enjoyable day... 


 







One of the Prettiest Villages in Ireland - Ardagh in County Longford

No words are needed to describe one of the prettiest village in Ireland-the photographs below speak louder than words....
















Heritage House Interiors, Ireland

Hope everyone had a nice week. In my last post I shared some photographs of my walk at the Farnham Estate in Cavan. Here are a few photographs of the interiors of the hotel which includes the original estate house. It has beautiful woodland walks which we really enjoyed. Following our walk we had tea and scones. I have also heard great reviews of their spa and infinity swimming pool. If you would like to find out more visit Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort website.



Farnham Estate Walk

This weekend I tried to spend as much time as possible outside when the weather was good. On Saturday myself and my sister in law went for a long walk at the Farnham Estate near to where we live. I had never gone for a walk in the grounds before. We took the long route and afterwards went for a much needed cup of tea and scone.




























Views of the hotel which was the former Estate House




































This photo looks like it was stretched but it isn't. That is the actual shape and size of the tree. Spot the lanterns hanging from the lower branches too.

Pretty flowers for the weekend...

Oh what a fabulous day we had here in Ireland, sunshine and blue skies and I have an extra long weekend too. I spent most of the day in the garden-mowing and weeding... can't wait for summer now with lots of flowers... below are a few pretty flower arrangements I photographed at an agricultural show here in Ireland last year... which is your favourite?? I'd have to choose the one with the hydrangeas....






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