Thursday Doors

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Last week I had no access to WiFi to participate in Thursday Doors but I had lots of opportunities to collect some interesting photos for this week’s post. These lovely little cottages (some not so little) are a delight to stay in, situated near Redhills, county Cavan. Ours was the yellow one with a lovely view of the lake and its visiting herons and swans.

The afternoon we took the boat upriver was the warmest and sunniest day of the week. We had never been on this part of the waterway before and as it was midweek and out of holiday season we seemed to have the river all to ourselves. Well, almost . . . . . . .

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Of course there was the odd swan, enjoying the still water and sunshine, and some horses quenching their thirst just like the cattle. Sorry about the quality but I had to zoom in on my phone to capture the swan.

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We docked at Crom Estate, county Fermanagh (Northern Ireland), the historic seat of the Earls of Erne for over 350 years. It’s a 1,350 acre nature reserve, owned and managed by the UK’s National Trust.

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Of course, with my timing, the visitor center was closed but there was plenty to see on our way to the historical ruins of the original Crom Castle – such as the estate’s coachhouse and courtyard. These have been converted to self-catering accommodation in this wonderful scenic, tranquil setting. The slide show will be a treat for all you blue-door lovers.

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It was a bit of a walk to get to the ruins but the landscape was beautiful and it was well worth the hike.

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To the right of the tower in the image below you’ll see an old yew tree spread out and looking more like a shrub.

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Inside the foliage you’ll find the tangled branches of a conjoined pair of a male and female English yew, with a combined circumference of 377ft (115m) and a diameter of 115ft (35m). The larger, older female yew is of a considerable age, reputed to be over 800 years old. The male tree is much younger and is thought to have been planted in the 19th century. The earliest known reference to the tree is from 1739, when it was described as an already venerable old tree.

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In the 19th century, additional walls and towers were added to the ruins of the old castle to give a more romantic effect. Here’s a slide show of what we saw when we got there. No words needed to describe it.

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These are the ruins of the original castle at Crom, built by Michael Balfour in 1611, of lime and stone and enclosed within a bawn (a defensive wall surrounding an Irish tower house). The castle and the estate passed to the Crichton family in 1655 when Abraham Crichton married the daughter of the previous tenant, the Bishop of Clogher. Having survived two Jacobite sieges, it was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1764. According to tradition, when Abraham Crichton (a descendant and namesake of the first Abraham) was returning in his boat from a housewarming party at Florence Court, he saw a worrying glow in the sky to the south and arrived home to find his castle gutted. In 1840 a new neo-Tudor Crom Castle was built, designed by Scottish architect Edward Blore. It remains the property of the Earl of Erne and is not open to the public (except for the West Wing), so we didn’t trek across the fields to look at it or take any photographs. However you can see it for yourself at this link:  Crom Castle Virtual Tour

For anyone who would like a fishing holiday, with a tour guide who speaks English and French and knows where the best places to fish are, Clonandra Cottages, Redhills is the place to stay. Boat hire and canoeing and kayaking are also available in the area, too.

Many thanks for stopping by and if you would like to enjoy an international selection of Thursday Doors, why not pay a visit to Norm’s blog and see what’s on offer this week.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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33 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. jesh stg says:

    The blue arched doors of the coach house is beautiful! As well as the gate in the wall around the castle. Also, I love the grey – yellow brick of the walls. Don’t apologize, the reflection in the photo of the swan is beautiful! Yew trees, I have to look that up (don’t know if they grow in Calif. unless they have a different name for it here).
    And your specialty: the history! Thank you for the tour!

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wow, what a magical place. Some of it looks like it could be right out of a fairy tale.
    Loved the blue doors too – great post Jean 🙂

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  3. What a pretty yellow cottage, and stones, and ruins, and doors are also there somewhere! 🙂

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  4. jan says:

    Such wonderful weather you got – especially love the shot with the swan – beautiful colors.

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  5. msgt3227 says:

    Wonderful photos Jean! It sure gives me the travel-bug seeing such beautiful images of Ireland!!!

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    What a glorious place!

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  7. sjhigbee says:

    Thank you for your lovely tour:). It’s a joy and I appreciate your sharing it.

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    • Isn’t the internet wonderful, Sarah? I love visiting blogs from all over the world and getting to see what it’s like to live in so many diverse and interesting places.

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      • sjhigbee says:

        It is, isn’t it? My grandfather would have LOVED the internet as he was endlessly curious about other people around the world, but didn’t have the wherewithal to discover more about them… I feel very blessed to be living right here and now.

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  8. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for bringing us along with you Jean. I love the photos and the history. The ruins are amazing, as are those large arched doors. And, I am a blue door lover. It sounds like a wonderful holiday.

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  9. joey says:

    Wow, so pretty. All of that is SO pretty. What must it be like to live somewhere so green and temperate and watery and with all the history? And bawns, new word. I always enjoy your posts 🙂

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  10. klara says:

    so lovely, wonderful cottages and ruins, magical scenery and interesting history as usual.

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  11. dimlamp says:

    Lots of pastoral-peaceful shots here, I also like those blue doors.

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  12. I speak a little French, and where there are fish are usually birds…so, I’m in!!! 🙂 OH, this is sooooo right up my street! I LOVED this trip! Stone Castle Tower Ruins, the wonderful ancient Yew Trees, that bridge reflection! What shape is that? Is there a word for that reflection? Oval at the top squarish in the middle and oval again? It’s not really a true oval but, the reflection is gorgeous!

    The Archer Windows! It’s a damn good thing I was born when I requested to be born…in the time of indoor plumbing, blow dryers, and curling irons b/c I would have been a lousy archer…do you see those view! Yes, you did! Your eye for composition is excellent. I wish I had it!!
    As an Archer I would have been painting or drawing, or most likely too poor to have those tools and been daydreaming of being able to paint/draw that beautiful countryside and dreaming of a camera to make pictures of it!!

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  13. pattimoed says:

    Lovely spot, Jean. Can I come tomorrow??

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  14. What a glorious place to explore, great doors or not! Thanks for sharing it, Jean.

    janet

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