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...










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











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