Monday, November 12, 2012

Glorious Decay

Like everywhere round here, the weather conditions have made for a most colourful Autumn. 

Even our new trees, put in as bare root 'whips' 9 months ago, are giving a display.

Here's some images from a walk yesterday round our soon-to-be-woodland.
Rowan, planted in January 0.5m tall; now 1.5!

Hawthorn berries

willows, aglow



almost 2m high looking toward the Mournes

our willow walk begins to appear

Vincent's Oak is thriving

dots of glorious colour - there are 40 native trees in this space

across to Slivenaboley

Charlie in the 'woods'

a rose in the green lane

silver birch

the silver birch grove by the car park - lovely
Looking forward so much to what the coming years will bring!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

We Are Here

Took a visit today to the new Banbridge Tourist Information Office which is in the newly restored market hall.

It's a lovely space.

Down the whole of one side is a magnificent photograph taken from the Windy gap, up above us. Not quite actual size - but feels like it!

You can see our place - and the magnificent context in which we sit, quite clearly:

this picture taken in May 2011 - summer!

the restored market house Banbridge

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Turnip House Clonachullion

Our old house on the Trassey Road has featured in the BBC TV series Nick Nickleby, aired this week. The house, now in the loving care of another family, looks great, and it is good to see it fulfilling it's role as family home and National Monument.

25 years ago, in 1987, this house was for sale, advertised as a building site, due for demolition. We saw it for what it was - a treasure!

It's really good to look back and see what we've done, and we're really enthusiastic about the next one!
the front of the house

the back; the Turnip house is to the left

just a tin roofed barn when we found it, now it's incorporated into the house - wonderful!

Listed Building status granted in 1990

starring on the BBC

 Our new love!