We are not long home from a wonderful weekend in Co. Carlow where my brother and his bride, the lovely Joyce, celebrated their wedding. Their celebrations took place at Lisnavagh House, a really beautiful 18th century, Gothic Revival style house, Victorian gardens and estate.
The lovely couple!
John and Joyce had a marquee erected in the grounds, and thanks to a glorious warm day and balmy evening we all naturally spilled out onto the lawns and gardens that surrounded the house. Garter Lane entertained us and had everyone out dancing (including our 21 month old little one who had to almost be surgically removed from the floor at midnight after several hours of leg wiggling and air guitar).
It was made all the more comfortable by the fact that we had rented a gorgeous renovated 18th century schoolhouse, which was two minutes walk from the wedding celebrations. After a late arrival (we forgot our wedding clothes and had to turn back…:-( ) the morning of the wedding dawned with a truly painterly sky:
I took this photo at around 5.30 am,
then returned to my very comfortable bed to wake later, and opened the original shutters to let in streaming light through the sash windows.
The range was lighting when we arrived, (Thanks William!)
and we had an endless supply of logs in the little stone log shed out the back (formally a piggery). We just loved our few days here, our children had plenty of space to run around and we had the expanse of Lisnavagh Estate to explore also. In fact, we simply didn’t have enough time…
The day after the wedding we had a barbeque on the lawn,and William Bunbury (who with his wife Emily (what a lovely name!) live in Lisnavagh House) kindly brought us on a tour of his business, Bunbury Boards (do check out their beautiful website here)
These gorgeous wooden chopping boards carry a unique code that tells a story of the tree from which the board was born, and what has been done to replace it (for example, the species of tree that made my board is: Oak – Pedunculate (English Oak) from Co Kildare. It came down during Hurricane Gordon, between the 21st and the 22nd of September 2006)
William explained the history, about the trees, drying process, and each stage of production, finishing up with the finished produce with ribbon and number stamped on the back.
What a fantastic, unique present to give someone!
Our only sad note of the weekend was my sister and her husband were stranded in Germany thanks to the Icelandic volcano which halted flights… we missed you Liv xx