I recently went for a drive up the Knockmealdown Mountains with an old friend of mine and we called on a lady she knew who rescues animals. Along with the dozen or more very friendly dogs that came to greet us there were some sheep and an imperious cockerel, strutting his stuff to his female companions.
The results of all that strutting is plain to see in this next image.
Adorable little black and white chicks. A couple of them had funny little ‘quiffs’ on their heads, which made them even cuter, and they live in a lovely little pink house.
Sitting in the sunshine watching the antics of those chicks was so relaxing. We were very high up in the mountains, although you can’t really see this from the photos.
When we lived in the area we had a view of the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Vee Pass from our house and often brought the kids up there on a picnic and to pick blackberries and bilberries. In some parts of Ireland the last Sunday in July was traditionally known as ‘Fraughan Sunday’ from the Irish name ‘fraochán’ meaning bilberry (much like a blueberry) and this was always a celebration as they are the first wild berries to ripen. In winter the mountains are always covered with snow, even when there isn’t so much as a flake on lower ground. I’m really going to miss them when we move.
Speaking of moving, my friend’s house is up for sale and I asked her if it was okay to feature it on Thursday Doors, so if anyone is interested, it’s in a beautiful setting. That drive to the mountains is on her doorstep and the sea is only fifteen minutes away.
I love the stonework (I think part of it was once an old barn) and it has a half-door, which is always a winner with me. Not to mention that fabulous garden, some of which I’ll be taking with me as my friend has been rooting cuttings from her plants for me – honeysuckle, jasmine and some beautiful roses.
I even managed to get myself into what Norm would call a ‘door-selfie’ 🙂
This is a lovely video of rhododendrons in bloom around the Vee Pass, from McMahon Studios. Unfortunately, it’s an invasive species, first introduced to Ireland in the 18th century as an ornamental plant. It is stunning to look at but extremely difficult to control, often threatening to smother native woodland.
I hope you enjoyed that little trip up the mountains, thanks for coming along. For a great selection of doors from around the world, have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue link at the end of his post.