Strawberry Festival

June Bank Holiday Monday was the day of the annual Strawberry Festival at The Glen House, Clonmany, Inishowen.  I missed it last year so I was determined to attend and I was glad I did – it was a fantastic family day out.

The Glen House, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a newly refurbished 18th century house situated at the foot of the Urris Hills overlooking Tullagh Bay and a short walk from the spectacular Glenevin Waterfall.  Sonia McGonigle, the proprietor, runs a very successful B&B here – she also has fabulous Tea Rooms serving lots of home baked treats which are open to the public whether you are staying there or not.

So,  back to the day itself.  There were loads and loads of stalls selling arts, crafts and food including the following:-

Home Bird Ireland
Glendowen
Gigi Gs
Crampey Crafts
Mary Crowley
Inishowen Baking
Handmade in Donegal
Audreys Millinery
Discover Inishowen
Cake Love
Mullen’s Sweets
Taylors Pantry

For my girls there was a bouncy castle, face painting (with a special request for strawberries!) and a picnic on the lawn.  

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Afterwards we walked from the Glen House to the Glenevin Waterfall – it’s about a kilometre in distance so very manageable for young children.  It’s a beautiful walk with picnic areas along the way and lots of little bridges crossing the stream – children love crossing bridges!  At the end of the walk there is the spectacular Glenevin Waterfall, standing over 40ft tall.

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All in all, a fabulous day out for the family, my girls are I are looking forward to next year’s event already!

http://www.glenhouse.ie/ for more details on The Glen House

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Wildflowers and butterflies

Ok, go easy on me, it’s my first blog post – I’ve been thinking of starting one for quite some time and I’ve finally taken the plunge!
Lately, I’ve been taking lots of photos of flowers – they are everywhere, ditches, hedgerows and fields are awash with colour.  They brighten up the countryside starting in early Spring and continuing all Summer long.
Snowdrops were first to make an appearance, so delicate and pretty.
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Followed soon afterwards by the daffodils – or “jolly heads of sunshine” as my friend Deirdre so delightfully calls them!
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Pretty Primroses
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Marsh marigolds
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Daisies
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And now that there are flowers everywhere, we also have beautiful butterflies fluttering from flower to flower.

Green-veined butterfly on a Dandelion.
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This time on a Bluebell
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A Herb Robert.
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I chased Orange Tip butterflies around the garden for quite some time before I got this shot – my three-year old daughter Beth did her best to help me, our conversation went a bit like this ..
Beth:  “There’s an Orange Tip butterfly”
Me:  “Where?”
Beth:  “You missed it.”
I finally did get him though 🙂

Orange Tip butterfly on Rocket flower.
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