Friday, June 24, 2011

Glengarriff

A little R&R for the Smiths this week, and with Caitlin packed off to Traceys house ( thanks very much! ) we went off to West Cork for an overnight stay. We went through the mountains from Killarney to Kenmare which is always a lovely journey, and had a quick stop to look at the market there, bumping into, and having a nice chat with Olivier - unfortunately not buying any of his lovely smoked fish or meats as were were on our travels. We did get a lovely scarf for Rachel ( as shown in the picture. )
Then we went on to Glengariff where we stumbled upon the Ewe Sculpture Garden - a real hidden gem in the hills, streams and forests. They have spent a massive amount of time and effort in creating a thought provoking garden, with amusing ( and clever ! ) sculptures, great use of recycled products, with poetry and words of wisdom everywhere. There are loads of surprises to make you smile everywhere. Then it was on to Ballylickey, just outside Bantry and a stay at the Seaview House Hotel which was lovely - full of antiques and artwork, with beautiful flowers, and nice gardens. Dinner was fantastic, so we felt really relaxed after the stay - nice for someone else to be doing the cooking and washing up for a change...We went back to Glengariff in the morning and walked through the woods where we came to a view across the bay where we saw loads of Harbour seals, including some really young ones - I think they were just as interested in watching us!
We then went on to the Nature Reserve which is a great place for a walk - almost deserted as well, with lovely walks through the trees, along by the rivers and on to a beautiful meadow area full of wild orchids. After that it was back to Kenmare and a quick bite to eat in the BreadCrumb vegetarian cafe ( and great bakery! ) It seems like we packed in loads in a short time....

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