Ireland Tour 2014
Dublin & Belfast
June 21st - 30th, 2014
June 27th we are now
in beautiful Belfast and this morning we had a city tour with
Brin our guide – quite the eye opener and sad in parts but so
wonderful to see the city blooming and growing again. One thing
that really impressed me was the Titanic Building itself, said
to be as tall as the ship was. I really did like the design too.
Also got to see the SS Nomadic, which was used to tender people
out to the Titanic. It is the last remaining White Star Line
ship in the world now. The memorial to the Titanic was just
beautiful as well…wish I would have had time to visit both!
From here we journeyed to Ballyrobert Cottage Garden…this was
their surprise visit and what a joy it was to wander through
these gardens after having home made scones and tea. Wow, what a
treat it was to visit this garden…made even more fun and
interesting was the fact that the owners were there and
introduced the history of the garden before we headed off on our
tour. Originally a small traditional farm, the present owners
have used sensitive design and a high standard of care to
achieve a Robinsonian principle of ‘a garden to fit the place’.
Joy and Maurice have created one of the most wonderful
experiences here and it is truly a must visit. Maurice shared
all kinds of stories with us, both about the Irish folklore and
about the plants that have made this place what it is. His plans
for the future are sensitive to the wildlife and wild flora
surrounding the garden. I also have to say it was such fun
having our tea and scones here. The ladies who served us were
such fun and you can see good friends too. A perfect visit.
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