A long drive to visit two island gardens near Sneem on the coast.
The first is the gloriously and utterly derelict Rossdohan on an island peninsula. The garden was abandoned 30 years ago but is a magical shambles in which you could make a science fiction film with dinosaurs. The bus gets stuck in a ditch on the way in but we manage (just) to push it out. The garden is grazed by cattle which at least means we can penetrate the jungle. Seamus Galvin is our guide to the treasures that few have ever seen. The house was lived in for 25 years in the late 19th century then burnt in the troubles and later rebuilt but now abandoned again. Now apparently owned by a German who never visits and may be locked up. The last owners’ son comes to do labelling and lives in the bothy which is also gloriously derelict as you will see.
Pittosporum bicolor in flower.
Fresh cow shit on the veranda.
Seamus in the heavy rain as we all were.