Weekly Photo Challenge : Edge

My photo was taken yesterday, in lovely Glengarriff in West Cork, looking across at Garnish Island  (in the centre of the picture) which is a small island full of exotic plants and shrubs, warmed by the Gulf Stream which helps to create a micro climate for all these unusual plants.

Garnish Island

Storm clouds over Garnish Island in Glengarriff

We had plans as we left Cork yesterday morning – stay in a nice B& B, which was fabulous, take a trip on the ferry to Garnish to explore the gardens and the newly restored house, and maybe fit in a round of golf!   Unfortunately, the weather was against us, and you can see from the photo, that we were just on the edge of a major downpour.   Back to the cosy Jim’s Coffee House for some more coffee and cake instead!    The day wasn’t entirely wasted!!

Jim's Coffee House

Coffee and Caramelised Apple Tart

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Barley Lake, Glengarriff

Glengarriff is a very beautiful little village in West Cork, from here you can take a ferry out to Seal Island and Garnish Island, and on the way the guides will point out Maureen O’Hara’s house to you, as she has spent many years living nearby and was an active member of the local community.   Garnish Island is not inhabited, but has beautifully laid out gardens and  trees that were planted over 100 years ago, and has a martello tower dating back to the 1800s, as well as some very rare and exotic plants, which all flourish in this sheltered spot.

Last Sunday we travelled to Barley Lake, just outside Glengarriff,   this is a glacial lake at the top of a hill, and from the lake there is a stream (more like a fast flowing river at the moment) that  flows down to meet the Glengarriff river, and then on to the sea. Sunday was not a particularly sunny day, so the scenery was not at its best, but I am sure you will agree it is still a very beautiful spot.

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