We had a lovely pastor visit us from Florida, he spent a good part of the day with us before flying back stateside this morning, so some local attractions were a must.
First though we indulged in tasty quiches & salads, washed down with pink lemonade, I LOVE pink lemonade, pity it can be a bit too pricey to have it as often as i'd like "DAILY".
Dessert was coconut pie & coffee of course, i'm a real coffee lover, , CANNOT start the day without one, in fact i get quite cranky, not nice, not nice at all !!!
The recipe for the coconut pie comes from "Bake" by Rachel Allen, lovely book, great recipes & very simple!
Off we went to Bunratty Castle which is literally a two minute drive from our home...........
There's a beautiful folk village at the rear of the castle, which is a reproduction of the houses of the period, unfortunately we arrived too late to get inside :( was so disappointing as our american friend was fascinated to see it!!
Here's a snapshot through the gate......................... Next was Dromoland Castle also on our doorstep, bout seven mins by car, very different to Bunratty not as old but quite a bit bigger with gardens & ducks to feed..
As well as the castle itself on the grounds there is fishing, archery, hunts, golf & my favourite a beautiful walled garden, I'm just going to let the pics speak...............
So pleasant just to stroll around, time kinda stands still in these places, you know, you could stay all day !!!
I took so many more photos but i hope you enjoy this selection. It really was a sweet day.
To finish off i went back to some crochet, now i know i'm currently working on three different blankets, buuuuut when i saw this Giant Granny Challenge on Lemonde de sucrette I could not resist..... sooooooo i started number four... nuts right!!
Anyhoo, I do solemnly swear to finished at least two of these over the summer months, I've eighty one squares done on the summer blankie, almost halfway, so thats a definite for september & this one :) :) :)
Right its a lovely day outside so my garden is hollering for me, &" bring your crochet" its says!
Thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day
Lots of Love Karen X