enniscoe loop walk

Enniscoe Loop Walk , North Mayo Heritage Centre, Cafe, Gardens and Enniscoe House; Crossmolina

I truly feel that Enniscoe House and The North Mayo Heritage Centre & Gardens are a hidden Gem situated in the Heart of Mayo just outside Crossmolina  town on the Lahardane Road.

We headed out on a dull wet typical Irish day, but once we got out of the car and started our walk around the  Enniscoe loop we were transported to a land of flowers, paths and true natural beauty.  Unlike many manicured walks this walk is a haven of nature left to flourish in its environment.  The paths are intertwined around the tress and flowers and fauna of the grounds.  I would advice walking these paths, the kids couldn’t bring their bikes as some paths are quiet narrow and if you’ve a buggy with you make sure you follow the correct path as you will struggle in one or two parts.  If you just wanted to walk the main path to the magnificent Lough Conn then the kids would manage their bikes or scooters but honestly get their little legs walking and they’ll be so busy discovering all the nature that they wouldn’t notice that their walking.

The Walled gardens and Café are a treat, there is an admission fee into the gardens,  for us it was a toss up; pay to see the gardens or go for a cuppa and a treat in the Secret Garden Café where you’ll get homemade fresh soups, cakes and much more.  Can you guess which we went for . . .

The heritage centre isn’t a service I’ve used but I have heard many good things about it and would say it is a definite stop off if your researching your family tree.  Also if you are looking for somewhere special to stay I would advise you consider the Enniscoe House situated in the grounds; deemed “the last Great House of North Mayo”,  and dates back to the 1790’s.  Enniscoe House and The North Mayo Heritage Centre & Gardens is a special place for you to experience with the family  and friends, go for a day trip and have a cuppa or go and stay for a few nights and take in the entire Enniscoe experience.

The Break down

  • Distance; 2.5 km
  • Paths; narrow, wet and muddy
  • Type; Woodland
  • Walking boots/shoes advised

 

 

10 Most Over Used Words by my Kids

Below is the most over used phrases my kids use and my responses . . .  

1   I’m bored – this of course if the one I’m most used to, because of course my children have no toys, get brought nowhere and do nothing! 

2   He/she’s doing . . . The endless telling tales on each other

 It’s not fair – nope it’s not fair I wouldn’t let you eat a bar of chocolate 5 mins before dinner

4   That’s mine – nope it probably isn’t if your shouting it at the top of your lungs it’s probably mine 

5   I don’t want to – well tough tities you have to 

6   Do I have to – yet again yes, because believe me if you didn’t I wouldn’t put myself through this 

7   Can I have – No no no . . . 

8   Can I have a drink? – yup between the time of 7.30 am and 9 pm any time after that the only place serving drink is the pub and your to young for there

9   But Johnny down the road is allowed – well go live with Johnny I’ll pack your bag

10   ahhhhhhh wahhhhhh ehhhhhhh – I’m going to my happy place when the tantrum is over hand me a glass of wine

Pillows or Bullets?

I never thought at the age of 33 I would be standing in a chemist totally baffled not knowing what size, soakage, brand etc to buy . . . 

Having previously spoken to a close friend, because believe me this isn’t a conversation you can have with just anyone, ‘what ones do use, I’m not sure what size I need, I’ve No idea how to use them?’  I felt confident enough to brave buying a packed and more importantly the right packet. Mini miss looked at me puzzled from the buggy and for a nano second I thought I’d let her choose sure in ten odd years it would be her turn, she may as well be informed.  Nah OK to soon, to soon.  Back to the task in hand I grabbed two boxes non applicator and applicator and maximum soakage, I was taking no changes.  I headed to the till like a pro and placed the items on the counter as if I purchased these every month.
Once I was home the offending items; because believe me the reason I’ve never attempted to use these things is they scare the bejesus out of me.  I threw them upstairs to be tackled later, much later but not to much later as Auntie Flow was here to say Hi, Oh Goodie!

It’s in, no its not in, ah yes it is, it is OK OK, right success I’m going to try and walk now, OK I can feel it, yes I can feel, this is kinda weird I’m not liking this.  For goodness sack women you pushed two babies out this surely should be a breeze 

Clearly not, after an hour I was back to my comfy pillows ahhhh!! Day two; right you little thing your not getting the better of me I’m getting swimming if it’s the last things I do.  Oh yes this “experiment” was all so I could go swimming.  After I few messages to previously mentioned friend where we discussed width and insertion methods.  I headed back to the chemist yet again I stood in the same aisle as the day before for a good fifteen minuets weighing up the different products, finally settling on the ones I felt better suited my needs. 

No time for road test; it’s in, yup in, feels good still not great but manageable just clinch all will be OK, half way through swim consensuses between myself and friend after quick discussion, I’m not inserting far enough, OK good to know, I’m learning it’ll all work out out, goodness the pillows are dame easier to use, but no use for swimming!

Got to say I just love being a women but glad I can laugh about it to  . . .