Enniscoe House and Estate can be found near Crossmolina in Co Mayo, on the shores of Lough Conn. Steeped in heritage the Georgian house dates from 1790 and today is run as a family hotel. We visited a couple of weeks ago to take part in a bumblebee workshop (held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre). The second half of the day involved looking for and identifying bumblebees. It also allowed us to enjoy the grounds including the beautiful woodland, but especially the organic walled garden. The garden is divided into two; first the formal garden or pleasure grounds, and secondly the vegetable and impressive fruit growing area. Strawberries, apple trees and currants were all in bloom. The garlic was huge in comparison to my own! And the potatoes were coming on very well.
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Walled Garden, Enniscoe House
Walled Garden, Enniscoe House
Amazing garlic beds
Enniscoe is also the location of the Mayo North Heritage Centre, where people can go and explore their North Mayo ancestors / genealogy. There is also a looped walk, a museum and all important tea rooms.
Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo, Ireland
Dedicated to M&M&V for all the chuckles over the last few days
Moorehall is one of our favourite places to go for a walk, here in County Mayo. Here are some of yesterday’s little wildlife highlights. The Holly Blue butterfly is small and delicate. The inside wings are the blue of an evening sky in summer, so seeing them flying along is like watching fragments of sky flutter about.
This week’s photo challenge was to take a photo atop of something. So I had to dig back to some old photos – this one from 2006, when my husband and I climbed Nephin (806m), one of our higher mountains here in Mayo. You can see right the way to the west coast, though the day wasn’t hundred percent clear.
In our journey through life we take so many different roads. Here just a little selection of our rural roads here in the west of Ireland for this week’s photo challenge – The Road Taken
Beaches are special places, even in the winter! Of course in the summer there is the extra magic of being able to get into the water. However, at this time of year you can be blessed by that particular light you only seem to get along the coast. Since our last visit in the summer, the few winter storms we have had, have shifted the sands from one part of the beach to the other.
No matter what the season children will always have fun at the beach. It may be just having the freedom to run around, or they may find a piece of seaweed that transforms into a magical sea creature.
Long seaweed stalks becomes sea creature
As an added bonus we saw Brent geese, oyster catchers, curlew, bar-tailed godwit, rock pipits, dunlin, ringed and grey plovers, though not close enough to get a good photo!
The weather has been kind this Christmas holiday so Tuesday was the perfect day for a winter walk. I have featured this walk before two winters ago (how times flies!). The walk is part of the Foxford Way and the area is called Laughil, near Pontoon here in Co. Mayo. There are lovely views of Lough Conn from the track.
Over the years we have been walking here the birch and willow have been growing fast. It’s nice to see this natural regeneration. There is also quite a bit of holly too. Further along the track there are some stunted old oak trees. The trees are festooned in amazing ferns and lichens.
An oak and ivy natural sculpture
In one place much of the path is covered in fallen oak leaves. Here the low winter sun creates long shadows where there are planted conifers on one side of the path with the more natural woodland (mainly large oak) on the other side.
A lovely, pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.