Overnight at Ballyvolane House which was a grand country house hotel with an odd ambience where we were entirely on our own. Not much of a garden apart from the pigeon cage and a few Magnolia ‘Susan’ in an avenue up some steps. The owner suggested we might view their new wedding area but we declined. They made milk gin on the estate called ‘Burthas Revenge’. Thomas tried some and survived. Smelt simply awful.
Lunch after a three hour tour in Holy Cross bar at Butterstown with a pint of ‘Murphys’.679 miles in five days. Quite some trip with Philippa driving the whole way and Huw in Bantry hospital for 24 hours to add to the drama and gardening excitement.
Now home via Fishguard and Monmouth for a rest!
A final bit of Irishness! The ferry this morning broke down and was announced as ‘cancelled due to bad weather’. Fortunately ours did sail in flat calm in the evening but, of course, about an hour late. Hot food was served for only 45 minutes on the three and a half hour crossing.