Almond Joy II

ALMOND BLOSSOMS :: MALLORCA

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Powerscourt ~ Ireland

Just south of Dublin is the Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. It’s in Enniskerry, County Wicklow and was recently voted #3 of the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic.

And let me tell you, it was lovely.

Gardens, statues, lakes, secret paths and even a pet cemetery awaits for you, to come and discover its beauty. Afterwards, drive 5 km to the Powerscourt waterfall, Ireland’s highest waterfall. I would recommend for you to pack a picnic, a blanket and your camera. And a cold bottle of champagne never hurt anyone. 🙂

Come on! From the gardens:

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Gorgeous, right? Here’s some more gorgeousness for your eyeballs.

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This picture doesn’t do this justice. There was a HUGE wall of hydrangeas –  bright pink, lavender, vibrant blue and frosty white. It was like the garden threw up all colors of hydrangeas. But in a good way.

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Nice shot, right?

I found the pet cemetery very charming. Some plots with more than one animal. They were loved. Dogs, cats, horses and even cows!

And I tried not to think of the scary Stephen King movie.

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Everything good? I hope you enjoyed yourself at the Powerscourt Gardens. But wait! There’s more! Time to get in the car and drive to the Powerscourt Waterfall.

Don’t forget that champagne.

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You are surrounded by so much nature.

Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees were planted some 200 years ago, plus Giant Redwoods which can grow up to 80m high. If you’re a bird lover keep your eye out for Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Raven and the Willow Warblers. And you may even spot a Sika Deer or two that were introduced to Ireland in 1858. But of course you should know the tale – you won’t see a snake in Ireland! Those were driven out by St. Patrick.

Enjoy the Powerscourt Estate. So much fun and beauty for all ages. Now GO!

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Almond Joy Gone Nuts

Ahhhhh, the almond trees! How I love thee. Your tasty fruit, your beautiful blooms, your old stooped trees! The almond trees are blooming in Mallorca now and they are such a beautiful sight. Even with the dark rainy clouds we have had the past few days the white to bright pink flowers stood out so amazingly gorgeous against that grey backdrop.

Go drive around the island and check them out! Don’t forget to support your Mallorcan farmers and buy some almonds at one of the many markets around the island. They are delicious!

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