Tuesday, 28 May 2013

25/05/13 - Mussenden

The Mussenden Temple is a 20 minute drive from where I grew up but I rarely get to visit it. It sits on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic, and was built in the 18th century by a slightly eccentric bishop in memory of his cousin (who I think he fancied a bit). The grounds and old house are worth going to see, especially with all the flowers in full bloom.

As pretty as they look, the smell of these wild garlic flowers was unreal. Foragers may be interested to hear that you can cook with the leaves and bulbs.

The train to Derry goes under the Temple and along Benone beach - it's definitely up there as the most scenic train journey in Ireland. You can't see in this picture, but the temple has got very close to the cliff edge over time. When it was built, they could walk a horse and cart around it! A lot of work goes into trying to prevent the temple from toppling into the sea.

Blue skies (:

Cherry blossom camouflage.


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