Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Princes At The Castle | Blarney Castle & Gardens ♥

As a family we love getting out and about, visiting new places and old haunts, exploring the world around us and capturing all our memories on camera - and yesterday we did just that. We've been out and about so much since Beau was born and it's been lovely, having a summer baby to enjoy the sunshine with is wonderful, it's such a contrast to having a February baby, whom I enjoyed snuggles with by the fire and walks with in the falling snow. We spent Thursday and Friday afternoon strolling around the beautiful Fota House & Gardens, a place where we visit a lot, but yesterday we decided to venture further afield to one of our favourite places and the place we take Tyler Lee every year on his birthday - Blarney Castle and it's stunning gardens.

This was our first outing where we actually managed to get some pictures taken with the boys and the pictures above are actually my first with them both, so they're quite special to me. When we first got to the castle grounds Jacek went to take Tyler Lee up to the top of the castle (he's been up there only once before on his second birthday) whilst I stayed in the gardens with Beau, he was so excited as I had told him a prince lived there but sadly it was way too busy for them to go up - they'd have had to queue for ages and this isn't something Tyler Lee would have done without causing mischief.

Instead he had a great time exploring all the gorgeous areas of the gardens, from the wooden boardwalk down by the waterfalls and folklore trail to the herbaceous border (where the pictures of us and the boys were taken) which he fondly named 'P.C. Plums garden' as it was right next to a little white house - he's Balamory obsessed.

We had such a lovely time strolling around together, the grounds are so beautiful and as we usually visit during the month of February when all that's in bloom are daffodils and snowdrops, so it was nice to see the place in full bloom and full of colour - it's a dream for people like myself who love to photograph nature and I captured lots of gorgeous photos of the flora there.

Outings with two small children in tow are actually a lot more manageable than I imagined. Beau slept almost the entire time in his pram whilst we went around the grounds, he was so peaceful and only woke for a feed and a nappy change - sadly I couldn't find any nappy changing facilities on the grounds so it doesn't seem to be the most family-friendly place to visit with small children but we managed. Tyler Lee has such a sense of adventure, which is lovely to witness but at the same time quite frustrating as he kept running off or ahead too far. Next time we go anywhere we're bringing the reigns - I keep saying it but honestly, he has no sense of stranger danger at all so I think it's necessary.

After an impromptu picnic on the grass amongst the buttercups and daisies we had a visit to the playground by the exit, before getting Tyler Lee an ice-cream for being (mostly!) good for us. It was such a lovely day and I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday. I wish every weekend allowed for adventure but sadly Jacek works most weekends, so a weekend like this was rare and very special to us.

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28 comments

  1. Lovely photos as usual! Love your little curl-haired boy, so cute! And the newest addition is adorable too :) x

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  2. Such a beautiful post, I love the pictures of your family, congratulations on the new addition and I hope you have lots more family days out soon x

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  3. What a gorgeous family you have! And I can tell you love photography - your pictures are great. x

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  4. I am loving all your pictures Fiona and your princes look amazing and do do you

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  5. Such lovely photos of you all. Your two boys are gorgeous and it looks like you had such a lovely time there.

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  6. You have such an adorable family! Their blonde hair, blue eyes! I just can't even... They are so cute!

    The Blonde B

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  7. Gorgeous photos! It looks like such a lovely place to visit - the gardens are beautiful.

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  8. Mini bubba is growing up fast already and Tyler Lee looks gorgeous! The castle makes a stunning backdrop!

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  9. I always love to explore and a good picnic. It really does look idyllic and although I've never been I'd definitely make an effort to go when I'm close by.

    Alina | DIY home blogger UK

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  10. What lovely photos, I adore the last one, totally a caption competition x

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  11. Looks like such a beautiful place, I love the photo's. Hopefully we will bet to visit one day

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  12. Looks like a lovely place to visit. Beautiful photos as usual of your boys x

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  13. What beautiful pictures Fi. Your boys are absolutely gorgeous <3

    Louise x

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  14. This sounds like a fantastic place to visit. Your pictures are stunning x

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  15. Stunning photos! You have such a gorgeous little family :) I do love a pretty garden to mooch round and this looks lovely - beautiful laburnum! #HappyDaysLinky

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  16. What precious pictures these are and what a beautiful little bundle you have in your arms! xx

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  17. Your photos are always stunning Fi but these especially are so so special! You should have a photobook made of just these.
    I would so love to visit Blarney castle some day! xx

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  18. Your photos are gorgeous - looks like your first outing with your two boys went well and what a lovely day you had for it too! :-)

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  19. What beautiful photographs, I am always in awe of your photos. You look good mama! Hope your adjusting well to being a mama of two!! x

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  20. Breathtaking photos as always fiona. Beau is such a cutie. I'd love you visit blarney castle again soon. It's been 11 years.

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  21. These are such beautiful photographs! Definitely some to treasure. I'm glad to hear your finding the outings and life with two quite manageable :) Hopefully you've a summer full of lovely family days like this.

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  22. Awww you have the loveliest photo! And this trip looks so much fun! But I cant help but gush about your photos! #whatevertheweather

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  23. Wow your pictures are amazing. Your boys are cute! We love visiting castles too. #whatevertheweather

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  24. Oh those curlsssssss!!! Really lovely photos, you are looking really well. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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  25. What a beautiful setting and gorgeous photos. I just adore Tyler Lee's curls, I know I always say that but they're amazing! I think I would find it quite a shock to have a summer baby after two winter babies, I'd be dressing them all wrong! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

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  26. Aww, what cuties are your boys! You have me feeling all broody with your gorgeous new addition and Tyler Lee is just adorable too. It looks like a great day out for you all and some great photos too. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

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  27. What a stunning castle, my son would love to visit that. It's beautiful

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous photos. Don't forget to get them printed! They get kind of lost on digital devices, no matter how special they are. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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