Chad, thanks again for this great idea and for parenting the baby so successfully. I would love to see you not giving it up.
Die Casita im italienischen Garten von Garinish Island - Gerüchten zufolge soll sie im Jubiläumsjahr renoviert und für Besucher geöffnet werden.
The Casita in the Italian Garden of Garinish Island - rumor has it the Casita will be refurbished and opened for the public soon.
Mein Tag stand im Zeichen von Garinish Island, der Garteninsel in der Bucht von Glengarriff, die in diesem Jahr 100. Geburtstag als Garten feiert. Die Recherchen zur Sozial-Geschichte der Insel im englisch-irischen Spannungsfeld des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts dauern an.
My working day was dominated by Garinish Island, the famous Garden Island in Glengarriff Harbour, Ireland. The Island is celebrating Centenary as a garden in 2010.
Today I enjoyed a boat trip with Glengarriff boatman Kevin Ger O'Sullivan. He took me out in the "Lady Ellen" to show me the historic places of interest around Garinish Island.
Kevin has been working as a boatman for 50 years. At the age of twelve he joined his father Eamon ferrying people between mainland and island.
Freshly painted Lady Ellen - built 18 years ago in Caherdaniel - is approaching Garinish Island from Ellen´s Rock at the Castletownbere Road.
"Out from the Duck" was the traditional location where workers entered the boats to be ferried over to the island. In founding years 1922 - 1914 more than 100 Irish people worked on the island to create gardens and buildings for the british Bryce family, who bought the island from the British War Office in 1910.
Gorse has taken over what once was pasture land on the mainland, belonging to the island estate. Cows had to swim across to enjoy weeks of grazing out on Garinish.
A view of Harold Peto´s Medici House in Garinish´s Italian Garden.
We approach the old pier in the northeast of the island. This part is closed off for the public. In this part the old cottage of an Irish family, the Sullivans, is situated. In 1911 widow Mary Sullivan and her four sons lived in this farm house. What happened to them, after the Bryces had arrived in 1911 and declared the island their paradise?
An early photo of the Sullivan Cottage taken in 1905 - above it the Martello Tower that had been built in 1810. To the right of the cottage the Bryces soon would build the East Garden, what was said to have been the most beautiful garden of the island.
Today you may well find some traces of the lost beauty . . .
In the closed off northeastern area of Garinish Island you could find the old gardener´s cottage (archive photo above), an important part of the local heritage of Bantry Bay. The Office of Public Works (OPW), who is administrating the island takes great care in keeping visitors away from the cottage. There are indications that the house and its remarkable interiors are in decay, maybe soon lost forever. The cottage was home to remarkable free spirited Violet Bryce, her son Roland L' Estrange Bryce, to famous head gardener Murdo Mackenzie and the island´s last inhabitant, caretaker Maggie "The Island" O'Sullivan.
This is an aerial view of Garinish Island - seen today in a shop front in Bantry. Hope you all come to Garinish Island to celebrate "100 Years A-Growing"