Vegetables & Flowers from Rural Ireland

Well Summer is well and truly over now and Autumn has set in. The evenings are much shorter & it  is getting darker much quicker. This Summer I spent a lot of time in my garden and set a lot of flowers. This weekend I hope to set some bulbs for Spring time.

This year we visited the Tullamore Show and the National Ploughing Championships, both of which were great days out. I took note of all the home grown produce at both events. Tullamore Show is Ireland's largest one day agricultural show and country lifestyle event with approximately 60,000 visitors and over 1,000 competitions taking place. This year the weather was great on the day and I really enjoyed all of the show marquees- there was one for home baking, flowers, poultry, photography and craft. There are all types of animals- cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and rare breeds along with exhibitions and trade stands.

This week myself and my husband visited the annual National Ploughing Championships which is a three day event. We went for the first day of the event. It is Europe's largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show. Different types of ploughing takes place and judging takes place each day. This year 283,000 people visited the event over the three days. It was extremely well organised and there is so much to see and do. For anyone interested in agriculture it is a great day out... Below are just some photographs I took of vegetables and flowers from the two events.

Animals Everywhere...

Take a look at these- buffalo, rabbit, pig and cattle... Really no words are needed... they speak for themselves :)

Take Time in Turkey

This year was my first time to visit Turkey and I was really surprised at how beautiful it is... We visited Kusadasi for a day which was very vibrant with a lovely quiet promenade. It was extremely hot the day we visited so we took it easy and soaked up the sun...

A Visit to One of the Greek Islands- Santorini in the Sunshine

I'm sad to say that my holidays for this year are well and truly over. We had a fantastic week and now we are back to rain here in Ireland. The weather was amazing on holidays. We visited four countries- Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. I have already posted some photographs from Venice. Below is the beautiful island of Santorini. We have visited four of the Greek Islands now and they are all unique in their own way. Santorini was no exception with its gorgeous small white buildings juxtaposed against its azure skies. Hope you enjoy them... 


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