Saturday, 21 January 2017

Exploring: Russbourough House

Back around the start of January, friends of ours came back to Ireland for the New Year from Sweden. We meet up every time they're back over, and have been threatening solidly for two years to make the trip over to them, so hopefully this is the year that it happens! As we were both still on our holidays, we decided to take them out for the day, rather than just meeting for dinner and drinks which is what normally happens when we're working all day. Both Rusty and Emma are into photography, so I tried to think of some places that they might not have been before, but could explore, and get some decent pictures at the same time. We had been to Russborough House a few times before over various Summers, but never during the colder months, so we set off to see what the place would be like.

For starters, it was much quieter! Normally during the Summer, the place is teeming with people, families out with children going through the maze, using the playground, getting ice-creams from the the little ice-cream cart, but in the Winter months, it's a very different story. The house itself was closed for tours, as were the gift shops, cafe and craft area, and as a result, we didn't bump into many people at all. This suited us just fine, as it definitely allowed us to walk the grounds much more peacefully than we would have found during the Summer.

One thing that was open was the walled garden. Obviously, at the time of the year it is, there was very little growing in the garden, but we did manage to bump into some of the volunteers who were working on their little plots, and they showed us some of the different pieces they were growing that would be flowering over the next few months.
They even had a sections of herbs and vegetables which they would be selling during the Summer months to raise funds for the maintanance and upkeep of the garden. They invited us back to see the garden in full bloom in June, and said the garden is normally open only on a Wednesday and a Saturday.

{Fairy doors along the way}

 {Spot the robin}

We continued on our walk, and stumbled along Lady's Island, where is reached by crossing over the red bridge, reminiscent of the bridge in the Japanese Gardens in Kildare.

There were some lovely views of the house as we went along the walk, and we even made some friends along the way!

As I mentioned previously, we've been to Russborough House quite a bit over the last few years, and I'm sure this visit won't be our last. Next time, we'll make sure to go when the gardens fully grown!


(Any pictures that I'm in were taken by our friend Rusty, whose work you can find on Instagram

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