Hillsborough Castle Gardens

It may seem a minor observation and a detail hardly worth a comment but what struck me most about the gardens at Hillsborough Castle was that they were open to the public at all. My recollection of our previous visit, when the gardens were generally closed but opened especially for us as we were in … Continue reading Hillsborough Castle Gardens

The Rowallane Blues

Rowallane Gardens in Co. Down were created in the late 19th century by Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore and are now in the care of the National Trust. The Moore's passion for interesting plants is still obvious in the gardens for they are home to a wonderful collection which is guaranteed … Continue reading The Rowallane Blues

Returning, tired from our travelling, to our home:

There is a quotation from the poet Vaius Valerius Catullus on the frieze of the Temple of Bacchus in the grounds of the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, south of Sorrento, in Italy which reads: Quid solutis est beatius curiscum mens onus reponit, ac peregrinolabore fessi venimus larem ad nostrum,desideratoque adquiescimus lecto?Oh what is more blest … Continue reading Returning, tired from our travelling, to our home: