This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Sunday, 17 March 2013

All Things Irish on St Paddy's

It's St Patrick's Day and I thought I'd share some of the local countryside. I particularly like cottages and the more traditional Ireland rather than the new, modern buildings that seem to pop up everywhere. Here's a little taste of the Irish countryside...

Left: A cottage in County Down.
Above and Below: A traditional village shop at the Kerry Bog Village. More photos of traditional cottages can be found at a previous St Paddy's post - here.  

Above: Andrew Jackson's cottage located near Carrickfergus in County Antrim - it may look plain but it was built in the 1750's - see below.
Inside Andrew Jackson's cottage (now a museum) are traditional wares that keep it looking like it did all those years ago.
Above and Below: Across the road from Andrew Jackson's cottage is another thatched roof cottage. The blue sign indicates that it's rich in history and was the home of Ruddick Millar (more info below).

Above And Below: Traditional Irish dancing costumes worn by girls competing in dance tournaments.

And my favourite - sheep dotted across our countryside. Farmers are kept busy this time of year as it's lambing season.
Happy St Patrick's Day!

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. Hi Kelli, love all those pretty cottages! They all look so well maintained, too. The sheep are my favorite, too. I love seeing them in the green fields when I visit Ireland. Happy St. Pat's Day to you!

  2. My Grammie Webbs family was from Ireland! I would love to visit there!

  3. I would love to visit Ireland again. Perhaps. As I admired your crocuses, I noticed that I still have a few in the rose garden in the courtyard, as I dug them out when I red did the bed. They were starting to bloom today. Love your cottage photos, and especially the sheep.

  4. Thanks for the little tour. I agree that I like the sheep best, too!

  5. A very Irish post indeed. Lovely to see the traditional cottages.

  6. Lots of lambing around here too. Thatched cottages are pretty but I'm not sure I'd want to live in one.

  7. I enjoyed the pictures and stories of the traditional Irish cottages. Yes, also here farmers are very busy, I love lambing season, just gorgeous to see the lambs with their mothers everywhere skipping in the meadows.