Despite the rainy weather, my daughter Tjorven and my five grandchildren got into our wellingtons and raincoats and decided to head to the Sheep’s Head Peninsula where we visited a place very beautiful! Gardens and a gallery showing the beautiful art of Annabel Langrish. What an amazing place we found this to be, both nature wise and because of the cosy café were we found ourselves surrounded by very tasteful design and beautiful art. Great coffee and scones too! But first we took a walk in the gardens. In between the rain showers, which are quite usual for this area in West Cork, it feels more like a mist, no wonder people often call it Irish mist rather than rain. It does make the landscape more mysterious and compelling I think.
The gardens were laden with summer flowers, and as the paths wound their way up the hill wild plants like heathers, blackberries, and bracken took over.
We saw interesting sculptures which the children also loved, all blended into the landscape and garden with ‘nature’ as motive. In fact I found that everything from the paintings to the crafts blended in with the nature surrounding the place, very nice. We all loved the barefoot path, it generously added to the meditative quality of the walk and soon all our feet were touching the cool stones. My three year old granddaughter remarked on the soothing feeling on her little feet.
Flowers were explored as were spider webs, and some of the statutes had to be touched and sat on. Blackberries were eaten along the way.
These three photos were taken by my eight year old grandson, we are very proud of him. I think that he has an eye for composition and colour.
The wealth of lush growth is found everywhere now that the rains have started.
“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.”
― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations