After having lunch in the lovely tea and garden rooms in Ballyvaughen we hit the beach in Fanore.
I had the most amazing salad and a glass of red and as I sat there surrounded by beautiful jasmine plants and the muffled noises of chit chat I felt very relaxed.
I Would definitely recommend a visit.
They have won lots of awards and the food is delicious.
(Image taken from http://www.tearoomsballyvaughan.com/)
April beach adventures in Ireland require warm clothes!
Although it was sunny, it was really windy so we didn’t last long on the beach.
Good weather for surfers mind! and they were in their element out on the water.
I dipped my toes in, but the Atlantic ocean is way to cold for my Mediterranean loving bones xx
So, as we strolled carefree back to the car I was thinking ‘What will we do next!”
And then I remembered hearing about the Burren perfumery
The Burren perfumery was founded 40years ago and is surrounded by limestone.
The Burren is a place of floral diversity and 70% of Irelands wildflower species can be found there.
Driving along the narrow roads I saw wet lands and hundreds of these beautiful wildflowers.
To be honest, I could see myself living there. I felt a sense of isolation, the good kind of isolation.
A place where as long as you treat it right, it will provide for you.
As we passed small houses I imagined that the little communities were very ‘together’, although their houses may be miles apart.
When we arrived I felt a sense of serenity. Birds singing, sun shining and no traffic noises.
I went into the shop first where they sell make perfumes, creams, balms, soaps and essential oils. These are all made using natural and organic ingredients and everything is made on site, by hand, in small batches.
You are invited to watch a 10minute clip all about the flora and fauna of the surrounding area.
The images were so striking and vivid. The wild flowers, the lizards, yes! lizards in Ireland! I was shocked too.
I wanted to buy everything, rose hip oil, rose otto face creams, argan oils, lavender creams.
All natural, organic, hand made, with no synthetics and as it says on the label ‘tested on us’, not animals.
I picked up a 10ml bottle of lavender essential oil for 8.50
I then dragged myself away and headed out to the herb and flower garden for a look.
They offer free classes and invite you in to watch the products being made from May onwards, check out the schedule here;
To finish off the wonderful day, we sat outside in the sun drinking juice xx
I will definitely be coming back in the summer when the flowers are in bloom and I will definitely be watching them make the creams xx
Peace and love xx
Brenners Mc Goo
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