Yesterday was a very “buzzy” day in the garden 🐝🐝 lots of hive activity then a second swarm to appear on one of the apple trees....quite unusual to happen in one week I believe. We called in our neighbourly bee expert Pat O’Reilly, who came at dusk to remove the swarm and take it away to colonise a new hive. Since getting our own hive and seeing the how the bees have really helped the garden, especially the fruit trees, I’ve overcome my childhood fear of bees. We really need to mind these vitally important little workers ❤️ 🐝 🐝 🐝 . #bees #honeybee #gardenlife #walledgarden #beekeeping #orchardlife #countryliving #clonakilty #westcork #countryhouse
Birds eye view.....walled garden looking lush ❤️ . . #fromthetreetops #walledgarden #holidayhideaway #orchard #cottage #countryhouse #historichome #coastalliving #coachhouse #privaterental #privatechef #luxuryvacationrentals #clonakilty #westcork #wildatlanticway #corkireland #greenireland
This is a view of the house we haven’t seen before! The weather was so warm & calm last week that we took the opportunity to take some aerial shots & video. This little peninsula on one of Ireland’s southern most points has amazing views of the sea, while the house is surrounded by a patchwork of fields. At the top of the hill on a clear day you can see across the bay to Courtmacsherry & the Old Head of Kinsale while closer to home at the bottom of the lane is the secluded Sands Cove. We are so lucky to live is this idyllic part of Ireland ❤️ . . . #countryhouse #countryhouseliving #coastalliving #ireland #greenfieldsofhome #walledgarden #selfcatering #luxuryvacationrentals #thisisireland #discoverireland #irelandtravel #ireland_passion #ireland_inspires #purecork #clonakilty #westcork #corkireland
One of our top tips when guests ask for day trip recommendations for West Cork. Just over an hour from us is the stunning Garnish Island in picturesque Glengarriff village. Hop on a short ferry ride, spotting sun worshipping seals on the way across. This historic island has its own micro-climate and an amazing collection of specimen trees and rhododendrons. Allow at least an hour to explore the beautiful landmark buildings and look out points, with stunning views out to Bantry Bay and Beara. Afterwards a spot of lunch in the @eccleshotel was a perfect refuel before we headed back into the market town of Bantry for some browsing. Check out the mouth drooling cake display in @thestuffedolive and the fab new craft collective @forestandflock Couldn’t ask for a better day out ❤️
From the garden to the table....this is my reward for digging the weeds 😅 . . #roses #cottagegardenflowers #walledgarden #homemadebouquet #gardening
This is by far the best year we’ve had for roses in the walled garden - no heavy rains and strong winds to blow them to pieces! The stunning deep pink Charles de Mill is fabulous! I managed to grow three plants from cuttings - the original was bought over 10 years ago from @dillongarden45 when we lived in Dublin. A few more years and I’ll have full wall coverage. I love the way it looks like you’ve cut horizontally through an orange. I tend to go for old fashioned, scented roses or unusual colours - just coming to the end of the Rhapsody in Blue, such delicate blooms.
Orchard Cottage looking lush & green in the walled garden....just blue skies, birdsong & a couple of happy chickens 🐓🐓
There’s me looking all glossy....that day I swapped out the garden wellies! Pick up a copy of @theglossmag in today’s @irishtimesnews Great article about 12 women who’ve made @thewildatlanticway their home & inspiration #thisglossylife #westcork #clonakilty #coastalliving