Posts Tagged ‘Angela Jupe’

That folks was the name (hashtag) that took over our lives when we had the bloggers here on a recent weekend trip.  I’d had a little bit of a rant about the organising of the trip, but ultimately I believe it went well.

This blog post is really going to be about ‘thank you’.  Thank you to all who were involved in one way or another.  It could not have happened without your support.

Thank you to Alfie who thought the idea of a bloggers’ tour was a good one, and who persisted with me in convincing Mid Ireland Tourism to go for it.  We love the area we live in, and want to help in any way we can to promote it and generate a better income for all others who live here.



Thank you to the bloggers who agreed to travel (at their own expense) and give of their time and expertise to promote the area.

Accommodation Providers:

I struggled a bit organising the accommodation but in the end “it all worked out on the night”.  Thank you to


Perhaps I should have tried to visit less places – there were times when we were a bit rushed – but I was so enthusiastic to show off as much as possible!  I just wanted to give everyone a taste of what is on offer – and, secretly, hoped it would tempt everyone to come back and visit again!

Goody Bags and Tastings:

I really did ‘step outside the box’ for this, and major thanks must go to all the local producers who I asked and who without fail came up trumps.

A special ‘thank you’ to Ron Wise who came to my rescue and made a delicious birthday cake for Regula who was celebrating her birthday that weekend.

And lastly, but definitely not least, mega thanks to Siobhan and David at Le Bouchon Restaurant in Portumna who stepped into the breech and produced the most delicious picnic lunch for us to take on the mini-cruise on Sunday.

That’s it folks…. I will, of course, be sharing blog posts as others write them…. for more detail on what we did and how the weekend went check out

Of course, if you are in the midlands, and on social media…. we’d love to see you using the #MagicalMidlands hashtag…. let’s keep the momentum going 🙂


Read Full Post »

Do you remember that horrendous song?  Just to drive you crazy, go on have a listen!  Creepy or what?

On the nicer side though for anyone who likes gardens and especially, tulips, make sure to get along to Bellefield House & Gardens on Saturday next.  Bellefield House is home to Angela Jupe the Landscape Architect, and has the most amazing array of tulips in the walled garden.

Saturday (21st April) marks the start of a week long celebration of the tulip.  It is the first ever such celebration here in Ireland so a wonderful opportunity for all tulip lovers to get involved.

Eric Breed – who takes the most amazing photographs of tulips will be in attendance to talk all things tulip – and I guess he knows a lot – his Dad, Kees Breed, saved many tulips from extinction.

I was privileged to sit in on a photoshoot over at Bellefield Gardens last week.  I must say I enjoy taking photographs of flowers – they don’t move about (well not much anyway) and you don’t have to keep asking them to smile!

Learning from the professional!

Learning from the professional!

Tulips would not be my most favourite flower but I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about them and taking the photos… so maybe I have been converted a bit!  To be honest I never knew there was such a variety!  For the technical details on tulips have a read of Fionnuala Fallon’s visit to the gardens.

Deep red tulips

If you are a tulip lover, a visit to Bellefield on Saturday next should be in your diary – there will also be guided tours of a townhouse garden in Birr and a Woodland Cottage garden just outside Birr.


  • Saturday, 21st April
  • 10 am start at Bellefield House & Gardens
  • Cost: €65 pp which includes lunch and afternoon tea
  • Guided visits to 3 gardens
  • Finish 4.30 pm
  • To book 0505 47766

Enjoy your tiptoeing! 🙂

Burgundy Border of Tulips

Read Full Post »