|The old maze at the back of the house|
|The farm buildings turned into cottages - we were in the end one|
|from outside the cottages courtyard|
|Lots of stone carvings around the grounds ...|
|heading to the lake|
|and old boathouse|
What must it have been like to live in a place like this - call it your home!
The gardens are beautiful and we've decided to go back at the end of the Summer this year so we can experience the place in full bloom, althought with its winter coat on it was still a lovely place to walk through with a surprising amount of colour showing through.
So between the usual January days with storms and bluster we had some lovely frosty mornings with gorgeous sunsets and blue skies during the day. Who wouldn't be inspired with skies like that ....
A young artist from Lisburn just starting out on her path was vying for the biggest grin along with the young German classical guitarist - their delight was infectious and we all felt the need of an injection of joy which the place always imparts. We came away with some more or less finished songs and more new ideas - the bones of a new album starting to shape up - now to not let the world crowd in again so we can get them moving onwards.