Tuesday, July 09, 2013

a complete stunner...

Good morning everyone are you all enjoying this amazing weather?...fingers crossed it lasts at least until December, well a girl hope cant she lol...I couldn't get near my craft room yesterday as its in direct sun all day and was like a sauna so cards will have to wait or I will have to get up at 5am to get some done and that ain't happening any time soon...so for today I decided to show you a hidden gem we discovered on our travels...I saw a sign while we were driving for Johnstown Castle but after looking it up discovered it was also a Department of Agriculture research centre so we weren't holding out much hope for a good day...boy were we wrong


this place is amazing...after driving down to the car park and getting out in the middle of a forest we walked around a corner to the most amazing castle I have ever seen...the scale is hard to explain but Phil sneaked into the one below with the plants around the lake you can see them in front of the castle above and that will give you some idea of the size of it

would you believe you can get married in the castle but it isn't open to the public we were gutted but had a few nosey moments looking through the windows lol

this is just walking around the top of the lake where I made a new friend...a gorgeously cute miniature Daschund...he was sssssssoooooooo cute and although his owner said he wasn't very friendly but he took a real shine to me and even gave me a lick...I did think about a snatch and run but knew it was too far back to the car lol...I so could have taken him home though...it was so beautiful and peaceful and we enjoyed a picnic in the grounds for our lunch


this one was taken from the other side of the lake...I couldn't resist those stunning trees...look at the colour of the red one


we were just coming back to the castle when I turned round and spotted this view of a lakeside garret we had just been too...I got a beautiful photo looking up from the inside as well as this view one but would you believe some ignorant little....er.....person (notice I resisted swear words although they certainly deserve it) has written graffiti all over this beautiful lakeside retreat...sorry there were so many photos but I kept them small so if you want to see them bigger just click on them...I'm off to see the surgeon today so will report back tomorrow and will hopefully heat permitting have a card to show you...if you don't hear from me send at least 6 hunky fireman with lots of water and ice to rescue me from my sauna craft room lol...have a brilliant day everyone and I hope you enjoyed the photos
Mina xxx

12 comments:

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful photo's Mina. Enjoy your day.
Gr Elly

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

stunning pics , glad you had a good day , long may the sun shine. janex

Adriana said...

Wow, looks unreal... Beautiful!! Great to see how big the leaves are!

kanda said...

Stunning. Beautiful scenery - looks so peaceful there xx

coops said...

wow stunning pics mina.a real fairytale castle and the gardens look beautiful.what a shame you can`t have a look inside.

xx coops xx

caroline said...

oh Mina the photo's are great the castle looks beautiful,I know what you mean about the sun in your craft room mine's the same, decided no cards while its sunny, bet to make the most of summer while its here.
caroline x

ginny c said...

The pictures of the castle are beautiful, especially. The red tree against all the green hope you get on okay at the hospital best wishes ginny

Renee said...

Gorgeous photos Mina...can't you just imagine the fairytale wedding that could take place there?!!
Hugs, Renee

Mojca said...

Waw great pictures Mina! Oh would love to be there, all that greens waw! And such gorgeous castle!!! hugs! Mojca

Nannieflash said...

It certainly looks a stunning place to visit, love the photos they make me feel so envious. hugs Shirleyxx

Angelique said...

Beautiful photo's.
wow the plants are big.
The castle is amazing.

Kind regarts Angelique

Linda Compton said...

Good Golly Mina. This place is breath taking. Maybe this is where your mojo is hiding. These pictures or even portions of them would make breathtaking backgrounds for a card.

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