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With my New Zealand friend still occupying my spare bed and my house becoming more and more cluttered we decided to take a trip up North to visit a mutual friend. She followed her heart up there a few years ago and now lives near the stunning lakes of County Fermanagh. With two big double bed guestrooms and an acre of land to call her own, her living situation couldn’t be more different than mine.

Arriving late we spent the evening enjoying wine and each others company, catching up until past three in the morning, or at least some of us did as Miss New Zealand and Mr Fermanagh fled the scene early on in the evening, each to the own beds and some sleep.

The following day was a mixture of sunshine and rain, but warm, so we took the car for a spin and visited Florence Court, a beautiful old estate just outside of Enniskillen. This stunning 18th century home and it’s lovely grounds is the perfect place for a little ramble and some fresh air. Of course I had my camera on my shoulder and took photos as we strolled around the park.

Towards the end of our little trip we wandered around the beautiful walled garden and bumped into the gardener who was tending to the vegetable patch. With the help of volunteers the garden grows fruit and vegetables for the local eateries, basically bring local produce onto the communities tables.

As I chatted to the gardener about his produce the old flirt in me came out to play. And even though I may not have gotten a phone number (he was way to old for me anyway)  I did go home with some fresh Fermanagh Onions!

stables

stables

the chimneys have hearts on them

the chimneys have hearts on them

not used very often

not used very often

cattle yard this way

cattle yard this way

a big pail

a big milk-can

for hay

for hay

a big old tree

a big old tree

standing guard

standing guard

the front door

the front door

the wheel from the old saw mill

the wheel from the old saw mill

up close

up close

still turning

still turning

even closer

even closer

a handmade chair

a handmade chair

inside a yard

inside a yard

open gate

open gate

take  a seat

take a seat

some climbing roses

some climbing roses

low hanging apples...

low hanging apples…

... and cds

… and cds

fragranced flowers

fragranced flowers

growing moss

growing moss

the old head-gardeners home , now a holiday let

the old head-gardeners home , now a holiday let

pink rose

pink rose

walking under flowers

walking under flowers

a tiny peat cottage, think dwarfs live here

a tiny peat cottage, think dwarfs live here

a garden gargouille

a garden gargoyle

my Fermanagh onions

my Fermanagh onions

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