November is here, it's pulled the mist from the air and frosted it, we crunch as we walk to school now.
I have been absent for the past few weeks, but not idle. Unfortunately I have been working on a super secret project that I can't mention or show any photo's of, so I was at a loss of what to entertain you all with ;)
So instead today I will show you some of the photo's I took as we took a stroll through Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. For history and pictures of the original Rockingham House that the estate was part of see here. I have also been to King House in Boyle town, which also belonged to the same family and they split their time between the two.
There are a myriad of woodland walks and plenty to see, we were sitting on the last remnants of daylight, so we only went down to the lake and had a short stroll around.
The ducks and swans are so used to visitors bringing stale bread from the restaurant that they cram and crush each other to reach the startled humans on the bank. I watched one woman run away backwards from the swan as it attempted to get as much bread as it could!
The views are spectacular, the water was calm and the sun was beginning to dip, so I managed to snap a few shots before the light dimmed.
There are islands with ruins and boat trips during the day to get a better look.
There's also a fantastic activity centre with an outdoor children's playground (enclosed for safety), camping and caravan park, zipit, boda borg which sounds like a Krypton Factor activity with 47 rooms of challenges with no instructions! There is something for everyone and it's very family friendly.
There are also other activities and events held throughout the year, with festivals, arts and crafts, puppet shows and music.
We will be heading back earlier next time, with sturdy boots and the camera!