Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beaulieu House & Gardens, Co. Louth ♥

At the beginning of August we took a spur of the moment trip to Beaulieu House and Gardens, finding that it was only eight minutes away from the d Hotel Drogheda, where we went for a family night away. If you follow my blog and social media regularly then you'll know that I'm almost always outdoors photographing flowers, so I really couldn't resist a visit to this place to see what it had to offer.

We were greeted by a beautiful old manor house - in my dreams I live in a house like this and although we weren't going to venture inside the house, having arrived a mere hour before the place closed, it was still stunning to look at. I was excited to go and photograph the gardens, then, shock horror, it dawned on us that Jacek had forgotten the camera.

It was at that moment that I knew I may have a slight problem when it comes to my photography  because I actually felt such a pang of disappointment - a gorgeous place, two-hundred and something plus miles away from home, somewhere I'll probably never find myself again... and no camera to document it all.

I had to make do with my crappy Samsung smartphone camera, so these pictures aren't the best, but hopefully the beauty of Beaulieu House and Gardens still shines through them because the place was absolutely stunning. I could have spent many a day strolling through those gardens, they were so beautiful, filled with colour wherever I looked and so, so peaceful.

I don't think I've ever been in such a peaceful place, the atmosphere there was just so calming and although I had been so disappointed in not having the camera at hand to photograph it all, in hindsight it was actually a blessing.

I'm always behind the camera, always capturing everyone's memories and documenting our days to look back on in years to come. I'm seldom in the moment, instead I'm always on the peripheries and looking in at the moment, but in Beaulieu House & Gardens I was completely at ease and able to enjoy moments with my family, as well as stroll around without having to feel like I had to capture everything on camera. I played on the lawn with my boys, cuddled them, let them have a little picnic on a children's picnic table and they were in their element.

If you ever find yourself in the Drogheda area I highly recommend a visit to Beaulieu House & Gardens. Donations can be left outside the house for people visiting the gardens and there are so many interesting parts to the gardens that it really is worth a visit for those who love being outdoors. It's such a beautiful and peaceful place and one that can be enjoyed as a family or on your own.

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