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Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping

I did do a post on Lough Ennell. This post however is about Lough Ennell camp site….

I was so impressed with Lough Ennell Camp Site, you simply wouldn’t believe it. First up, let me break this down for you, it is not a 5 star hotel. I shall proceed…. 😉

Family run and owned, the first thing I noticed when I arrived on a Thursday afternoon was that the resident mobile homes had their own wee little gardens, hanging baskets, garden gnomes even and beautiful veranda’s. The point of noting that and my reason for noticing is that people who are there for the short term don’t make long term home improvements. There was a sense of pride about the place.

It’s not until one meets Eamonn O’Malley that you realise why the people stay. I was so impressed with Eamonn’s ethos and the work his family have done over the last years, that I interviewed him for The SodShow – the garden radio programme I present.

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The bathrooms were clean. The campsite is constantly being improved so I was told and as was blatantly evident to see. Signs were multi-lingual and the waste bins were segregated into what could and couldn’t be recycled. I liked the shop, the food is great and also good value. They even sell ice.

What you may also notice for the tents people is that where I pitched my tent, the lawn is raised, so when the rainy day does arrive, it drains just that little bit quicker. Believe me, the amount of times I have seen a tent pitched in what could be considered a potentially very large puddle. It is the little things.

But more than that, for me, it is the people that make a place and this the O’Malley family did extremely well.

Did I tell you the campsite is [really] just a stones throw from Lough Ennell. Happy days. I could have stayed there for three weeks. I might just do that….

If you are popping into Mullingar Town Centre, I will highly recommend C.R. Tormey Butchers – they are located in the shopping centre that includes a Dunnes Stores. Polite, friendly, good value and darned tasty ! Well worth a visit. I still miss his fancy sausages.

Also Hamills garage. If your car should should break down…. or you are simply automotively inept like myself, look no further.
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My Gardening Blog Tagcloud

I hadn’t seen Tagclouds used in a while. A bit like QR codes are on the verge of becoming I thought. Reading Bernie Goldbach’s blog, I became very interested when I saw what he was actually using them for.

Don’t know what tagclouds are ?

wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

The source for me, was very simply my gardening blog address. I was quite pleased to see that words that came to the fore were both positive and creative.

Lough Ennell

This is how I described Lough Ennell whilst I stood next to it and walked around it.

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I did record this video, but I don’t really think it does it justice….

Here are some more of my images

On the far side of Lough Ennell is Jonathan Swift Park.

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The Burren Smokehouse

Whilst at Bloom 2011 I had the pleasure once again to meet with Birgitta Curtin of The Burren Smokehouse. Set up in 1989 Birgitta’s family run team were most recently noted for their salmon as used in the dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Ireland.

Of the many types, I did ask Birgitta about her organic salmon, just one of the reasons why she is featured on this weblog. The other[s] you may ask…. another great Irish product employing at present twelve people in Lisdoonvarna.

My favourite, as well you can see is the oak smoked.

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The joys of audio 😉

Mornington House

On Saturday 4th June I visited Mornington House and had the honour to meet with Warwick and Anne O’Hara.

As versus arriving in order to report, the invitation was to come for tea. I felt it only proper conduct to record my thoughts after my visit. I have of course interviewed Anne I believe three times now…. 😉

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At the point of my first interview with Anne O’Hara, I noted

Whilst there has been a house at Mornington since the early 17th century, it has been home to The O’Hara family since 1858. Steeped in history, this is to date, for me one of the most intriguing and most most probably the easiest and finest interviews I have ever done, in my life

This tree sits opposite the front door

Like I said in the audio, this is a home – not a [state owned] house. There is a big difference.