28 September 2013

Shopping & Seaweed

Today was set aside as a sort of free day, but much of the time we casually did a few things together. It was a very summery day that reached 21 C, 70 F, amazing for Ireland in late September.

We eagerly prepare to set off

from Ballaghboy Lodge Farm

First stop in Sligo Town was some time at Michael Quirke's, storytelling wood carver

who quickly carved out some keepsakes for the girls as he told stories around their names

Michael had very little to sell. These days all he carves seems to be instantly sold

After time at Michael's the girls set off around town to look around and get a few things while I booked a cubicle for lunch at Hargadan's Pub, a well preserved listed building heritage pub in Sligo that serves wonderful food.

Hargadan's grow their own food, have their own hens and eggs, and even have a French vineyard that supplies their wines and olive oil.

Lunch here was enjoyed immensely :-)




With sunny 21 C outside nobody wanted to be sitting in a pub for long, or wandering about town ... so we went off to The Glen, a magical hidden spot below Knocknarea mountain outside of Sligo


This day of visit to Sligo finished with highly relaxing seaweed baths

and we leave Strandhill and Sligo for a peaceful evening and night at Ballaghboy Lodge Farm

with a stop at Tobernault Holy Well at dusk on the way back



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