I took that ‘Photo Road Trip’ today that I’d been threatening to take. Despite the dodgy weather forecast for the day, I took a chance and drove out to Ballycotton in Cork where I was met with blue skies and puffy white clouds.
Ok, so the puffy white clouds skittered across the sky at top speed with the force of the wind, but it wasn’t so bad.
I got some nice photos of the lighthouse.
I’ll rephrase that.
I got some nice photos of the ISLAND that the lighthouse stands on. I’m still using the kit lens that came with the camera so I’m not afforded any miraculous ‘Zoom’ power.
After I’d taken about twenty or thirty photographs of the ‘very far off’ lighthouse I thought I’d pop up to Ballymaloe. You can’t visit Ballycotton and not visit Ballymaloe, and certainly not if you’re going to have a blog with the word ‘Pots’ in the title.
I started by visiting the Cookery School Gardens which I hadn’t been to before. Admission is six euros and it’s well worth it. The gardens are amazing! Whether you’re into gardening or not you can’t help but be impressed by the range of colours in the herbaceous borders, the Shell house, the magnificent pond, and the layout of the herb garden.
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From there it was onto Ballymaloe House where I had lunch in the restaurant (Caramelised onion, thyme and camembert tart, followed by Australian baked ginger cheesecake….Nom!) and then surveyed the colourful kitchen crockery that I promised myself I’d buy when my kitchen is renovated.
Then it was back to the car and into Cork!
And that’s where my relaxing chillout day ended because, I had just reached Brown Thomas, on foot, when I heard a loud bang and the sounds of people screaming! For one awful moment I thought someone had been shot, until I saw a Garda jeep careering into the crowd in front of me and people scattering in all directions! The bang had been caused by the jeep ploughing into a car.
Obviously it wasn’t a Garda driving it. The jeep had been hijacked by some guy who’d been shouting in the street earlier (and the day before, according to people in the street).
There are more details of the incident on the RTE website.
I could certainly do with my days off being less interesting than this one was.