I found a truly beautiful spot in Lovely Leitrim last week and had to share it with you. It is called St Patrick's Well. It was a glorious summer day and it was looking it's best....well....all around it was looking well but the WELL itself does not look too well if you know what I mean.
I'll show you in pictures... Here is the entrance to it. Looking good so far. The Irish name is printed over the English and is pronounced: (tubbar nave pawd-rig)
Next is a grotto with a statue of St Patrick looking very well.
but that's not the well.
This is not the well either and I was not able to find out what it was exactly but it looks ok - nice and rustic. It is near the well.
Then there is a wonderful hand crafted large cross with a shamrock engraved on it and it is really lovely. It is also near the well.
and a close up of the shamrock.
We're almost there. At the well people say a prayer or make a wish and hang a piece of fabric on the tree nearby. It was fascinating to see what some people left. One left a lovely handmade walking stick, and another left a tape measure, another left a rosary beads while I also saw socks, hair elastics, plastic bags and all manner of fabric scraps. I left two strands of wool.
The tree they hang things from is quite a majestic sight. Here is the moss covered bough that hangs over the well (we are getting real close now)
...and here is the WELL itself. Oh dear, I think the council could have made a better cover for it to fit in with all the beauty around it but the water is fresh spring water and tastes so refreshing. Oh well (no pun intended)
The man in blue is leaning on the actual well. The other man is collecting the water and filling water bottles with it. You just dip in and take what you want.
I must say it is a totally tranquil spot and I could sit for hours just unwinding there.
After that visit I came home all tranquil and relaxed and quite unable to do any work so I went out and collected some wildflowers from the ditches. I think they are exquisite in the cottage window with the late evening sun shining through.
The Prettiest Hardware Shop in the World???
I popped into PJ Reynold's in Ballinamore to get some paint for my picket fence (which is now emerald green) and happened to look up and thought "This has got to be the prettiest hardware store ever" It is situated in an old church. Have a look and see if you agree....
In my next post I will be showing you all the MANY vintage treasures I have found lately so do drop in for a look-see. Bye for now!