Monday, March 17, 2014

For St. Patrick's Day: An Irish Idle

Happy St. Patrick's Day, all! Are you wearing green today? My mother's maiden name is Flanigan, but Ireland is one faraway land that's still on our getaway list - actually it's a top contender for a trip later this year. Pouring over photos of Tankardstown House in County Meath makes me think it may be time to investigate my Irish roots. Shall we take a wander in honor of St. Paddy?

The impressive 18th century manor house nestled on 100 parkland acres once belonged to the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Today, Tankardstown House welcomes guests with charming suites, "take me away" claw-footed tubs, a spa, a cowshed-turned restaurant and verdant gardens. Fancy a wander across the park? Wellies and four estate dogs are at the ready for a country walk.

On second thought, spending the day at home like the lady of the manor looks quite lovely. too.

Or tea in the garden perhaps?

Eat too much cake and scones? A local adventure company, Muddy Boots, can arrange hikes through spectacular scenery. There's fishing nearby, not to mention castles, prehistoric tombs and whiskey.

An Irish idle sounds like just the thing on a St. Paddy's Day Monday, don't you think?

Have a beautiful start to your week! XO

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  1. Jeanne,
    May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow~
    Lovely to know your maternal roots grow in Ireland, a trip seems a must!
    Gorgeous spot. Happy St. Paddy's day.

    1. Happy St. Paddy's, Patricia! Hope you have the luck of the Irish this week! XOXO

  2. Hello Jeanne

    What a delightful and timely post on St. Patrick's Day.
    We had a farm in Co. Meath about 20 miles from Tankardstown House. Roaming the fields is magical.
    Some good vistas to paint also.
    I hope you visit one day. By the way do you follow the blog "Ill Seen Ill Said" the blogger is Jane Flanigan. Who knows perhaps related?
    Wishing you the blessings of the day

    1. Hello, Helen! How lovely that you lived not far from Tankardstown House - it does look like pure magic and I was thinking that it would be a marvelous place to paint. I am not familiar with Jane Flanigan or her blog. I'll have to check it out - you never know, it's a small world!

      Happy St. Patrick's Day! XOXO

  3. Happy St. Patrick's Day! .."take me a way" tub.. yes, I'm in and then I'll head over to tea time:) We've not been to Ireland however it is on the bucket list. I've heard it is just gorgeous! Enjoy your day ~ leslie

  4. Leslie, it was the tub that made me think that perhaps an adventure to County Meath is in order. Perfect for a long soak!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day and have a lovely week! XO

  5. I have not been in Ireland ... It is on my map of dream places to visit ...
    I like your photos ... These are very inspirational ...
    Enjoy your week!

  6. Definitely want to see Ireland and your images are wonderful! Adore the gardens…

  7. Just too wonderful. My daughter, who has travelled the world all of her life, is dying to go to Ireland. And, so am I. xx's



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