Wanderlust... Take me back to Ile de Re, France

I am forever looking up holidays to anywhere with sunshine, heritage and pretty buildings. Below are some photos from Ile de Re one of my favourite places to visit.

Meet the Animals at Dublin Zoo

I visited Dublin Zoo this week and posted some photographs already, but here are the remainder of my favourite photographs. I loved this one of the hippo with the wee bird pecking his back. He was really enjoying the sunshine..
Flamingos always look so delicate to me, I imagine that their thin legs would break easily. I liked the reflection in the water though...

I am somewhat afraid of Ostriches but this guy was very well groomed compared to the others.. 
This appears to be a Rhino mum and baby... they are huge and have really thick rough looking skin..
This chimpanzee was pottering around with something in his hand which he was examining. Once I zoomed in, it appears to be a dead baby chick :( He didn't eat it when we were there though, perhaps he was just investigating...
King of the Jungle, he looked like the Patriarch 
And finally my favourite-the Elephant. In Dublin Zoo, they seem to have lots of space to roam around in so I didn't get to see much of them
So there you have it, just a few of the wonderful animals from Dublin Zoo.. If you haven't been it is really worth a day out... 

A Day at Dublin Zoo

I am one of those people who have a love hate relationship with zoos. I don't like the idea of the animals not in their native environments, however I know they are cared for well and have been in captivity all their lives. Dublin Zoo is a great zoo to visit as the animals have lots of space to live. It was very warm when we visited so many of the animals were just relaxing in the sun..  Below are some of my photographs, the Gorillas are always a favourite and just look at the Red Panda-he is adorable!! He was so chilled out relaxing on this branch in the sun... I wanted to take him home with me. The Giraffe was warm and came close for a drink of water, they are so elegant... I will post more animals in my next post.. Which animals are your favourite?

Around my home

This weekend was a bank holiday weekend here in Ireland which was great to get the extra day off work. I still have a lot of holidays to take so hopefully the weather will pick up again and I can enjoy the sunshine. Apologies for the lack of blog posts, pop over to my Instagram account to see what I've been up to around the farm and garden. Below are a few images from around my home this week...

This month I'm loving flowers

Once May comes the garden really starts to brighten up.This year I have planted Lupins, Antirrhinum (Snapdragon), Nemesia, Kniphofia (Redhot Poker), Pansies and Dahlias. Now all I have to do is wait for them to bloom. It is raining today after days of heat and sunshine so they should really take off now. In the meantime I am enjoying some photos I took of various gardens I visited. Hope you enjoy them too.

Magnolia Trees are so pretty when they are in bloom

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...


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