We drove down to Birr to meet up with a co-worker of Tim's, Mary and her daughter Sirsha, to see the castle. Mary's uncle worked at the castle as a gardener. Home of the Parson family since 1620, it is still a private residence and is not open to the public, but the gardens are. This castle is built on the site of a Norman castle dating from 1170. The girls spotted the moat and in they all went. How many times do you get to run around in a dry moat?
Snowdrops in January........beautiful, but even more beautiful in January!
and more lambs!
This ewe came walking right over as if to say, "No more pictures".
300 year old box hedge.....amazing. According to the Guinness Book of Records, these are the tallest in the world. The grounds have been evolving since the 17th century. The grounds include a lake, two rivers, a wildflower meadow, a formal garden, and a fernery.