Where oh where are the days going? Blogging is very low on the list of things to do and so although I do make time to read lots of those inspiring blogs out there, commenting and posting my own are too much most of the time. Yes, it’s a busy time what with marmalade sales hitting new heights and new winter stock to be designed and made for Cattapilla Designs. And then there’s the garden. There is always something to deadhead, plant out, thin, water, stake, rescue, dig up, cut back and god knows what else although daily harvesting for lunch and supper and flowers for the house is very satisfying.
But we did manage a night away last week, across the border to County Kerry. We visited Kenmare and saw some perfectly posing cats
As soon as I got any closer this one disappeared off its perch
These two however didn’t move, obviously very used to being photographed!
We discovered the Kenmare Lace Museum in a tiny room above the Tourist office.
This beauty is a Miss Moynihan modelling her newly purchased Kenmare lace and Irish crochet lace numbers in the early 1900’s. Fascinating stuff – have a look here. Then through Killarney and on to Kerry Woollen Mills for some lovely wool cloth, of which more another time, and round the Kerry Way to Port Magee. This small fishing village gets its name from Tom Magee, a 17th century smuggler who made good although illegal use of the small bays and coves of the area. The village boasts a good bar, restaurant and bed and breakfast, and a public loo that was runner up in the best loos in Ireland competition a few years ago!
Opposite Port Magee is the island of Valentia, which Bere Islanders don’t consider a ‘proper’ island as it’s joined to the mainland by a bridge!
Kerry has a much gentler landscape than Beara in County Cork and it was looking very pretty and neat on a calm, sunny day.
Glanleam House Gardens on Valentia are a real treat. Facing out to the sea and lighthouse, the Victorian gardens are jam packed with vast Cypress trees, bamboos, cordylines and magnificent tree ferns.
But the best discovery were the Myrtle trees.
They were everywhere and looked fantastic with their small bottle green leaves and tiny white flowers contrasting beautifully with the rust and cream peeling bark. They obviously love growing there next to the sea as the ground beneath was thick with seedlings.
I have to confess to liberating a few for future planting on Bere Island!
Time off the island, however short, always does us good and with the added bonus of HOT sun, I got home ready for more marmalade making and sewing, though by the next morning the clouds had descended once more
and plodding through dripping spiders’ webs wasn’t too appealing!
Thank you to all of you who took the time and trouble to comment on Orange Thursday. Isn’t it strange how a spur of the moment idea can sometimes be so appreciated!