Ireland's Ancient East - Belvedere House and Gardens

Recently we visited Belvedere House and Gardens near Mullingar in County Westmeath. We had visited before so just spent a few hours wandering around the house and gardens. It is a lovely place for a day out and we booked online before we went €6.50 per adult. My last post includes some photos from the walled garden and glasshouse. Here is the house itself and views of the larger gardens. The weather has wonderful here in Ireland for the past two weeks but some rain came yesterday. The garden will start to flourish now so I'm off to the garden centre today to buy some Antirrhinum (snapdragons), Nemesia and perhaps some Sweetpeas. I have two new trailing Hydrangeas that I set last year and they are going to bloom this year as the blooms are appearing. My Lupin is also doing well but it appears something may be eating the flowers buds!!! I will have to investigate...










Summer sunshine in Ireland

What a beautiful weekend we just had and to make it even better I took an extra day off work. We have had no rain in a few weeks now and it is great. Below are some photographs from our recent visit to Belvedere House and Gardens outside Mullingar in County Westmeath. The walled garden is my favourite. You can also explore the house itself. While it was busy when we visited most people were relaxing along the lake shore. We have lovely scenery and lakes everywhere at home so when I get away I enjoy exploring gardens and architecture.













Ulster American Folk Park Part II

More photographs from the Ulster American Folk Park. This time its the Irish streetscape with traditional shopfronts. Not much has changed over the years and lots of towns look like this today, however the interiors have modernised a lot over the years . Love the old bottles and jars in these shops. To see more photographs see Traditional Irish Cottages at Ulster American Folk Park











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....
















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