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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