Saturday, 8 September 2012

Day out in the country

Today was European Heritage Open Day when the public is able to visit places of cultural and historic importance free of charge.

The weather was gorgeous so we packed a picnic and headed to County Armagh to see Ardress House, built in 1660 and added to in 1760 to become a more elegant farmhouse for the Irish gentry. It's set in beautiful countryside.

We were able to take a guided tour of the house but photography was not permitted. One part of the house is still lived in.

There is a wonderful farm museum in the stone outbuildings and an original cobblestone yard full of chickens.

The dairy was full of primitive crocks and churns and butter paddles that I could've taken home with me!
I really want the checkered feed sack - isn't it awesome!

Lots of poultry to welcome us into the farmyard~

Keeping a lid on things!!

Views over the surrounding countryside~
Ardress House is in the midst of County Armagh's apple orchard country. Mostly Bramley cooking apples are grown

Thanks for joining me for a glimpse into Irish farming life 200 years ago!
God bless you this weekend!


  1. Oh, wow! That is so beautiful! I would have liked to take home some of those primitives as well!

    The countryside is so beautiful!

    My favorite pictures are the chickens and geese! They are hilarious! Wait until Trace sees these!

    Thank you for letting me have a little field trip through your pictures! I wish I could see it in person! Some day! Our board president is from Ireland. I think his father is a mayor of a town. I know he is an official there. I have another embarressing story to tell you about something dumb I did when they came to visit. That if for another day!

    Ahhh, I think I am going to gaze at your pictures some more. We are getting bad storms here...

    Love and hugs!

    1. I really had to laugh at the hens! My kids had a ball chasing them and there was a donkey and pony they could feed.
      A beautiful day to make memories and enjoy God's creation!

  2. What a wonderful place! Certainly filled with photo ops. I love the poultry in the doorway!!

  3. Hi Christine, What a wonderful day you had.
    I live not far from the town of Armagh named for that Irish county. No houses like that, it's just a small little town, that if you blink, you miss it!!!! lol

  4. Hi Christine! what a lovely day and outing! Love the felt flowers in your blog header.

  5. What a sweet little tour of that place - it's really interesting to see how they did things way back then and I love the chicken on that garbage lid - what a hoot!


  6. Hi Christine!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! :-D I am LOVING your blog - your posts are so interesting and inspiring!!

    I sure wish they would have a day like this here in the US - what fun you had! And your pictures are wonderful!!! One of the things that I love about Europe is how your history goes back thousands of years - I can't even imagine it! Look at that home, built in 1660....WOW! It's amazing to me!! And the countryside is SO beautiful! *sigh!* I LOVE it all!!! :-D

  7. I would love to visit a place like that today. What a beautiful country side. I had to laugh at that cream separator. That was what my grandparents used when I was a kid. I used to turn the crank. I loved the feed sacks too. Lots of wonderful old things. I love all of the stone and the cobbles. What a neat thing to do, to be able to go visit for free.
    I wish you could have taken pictures of the inside but I will take your word for it, I bet it was wonderful. Thank you so much for giving a glimse into your beautiful country.

  8. Wow, that place sure is appealing! Love the stone & cobblestones, thanks for sharing!

  9. Wonderful post~ thanks for taking us along~ Beautiful captures~

  10. what a great tour! thanx christine! enjoy your day!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous farmhouse and countryside! Cute chickens too!

  12. wow what a lovely place,,
    love xxx

  13. Breath taking Christine. What a fun afternoon with the family. I wish there were was more heritage and more meaning to things around here. Just dry land and railroads and factories. Thanks for sharing your lovely homeland. -Steph-

  14. Just wonderful photos and a awesome day.
    Thanks for taking me along sweet friend.
    Hugs & JOY


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