Photo by Jason DeVarennes

Monday, September 18, 2017

West Wicklow

This trip to Ireland began in mid September 2017 - I'm slowly getting around to posting

Siobhan again kicked Dave out of the house for more work as a local tour guide. This time we headed for some hills in West Wicklow, with plans to stop in for a visit with John's uncle in Ballyhacket on the way back.

We didn't go far before our first stop for coffee and scones at Duckett's Grove. Regular readers will have seen this setting many times before. It's only a few miles from John's grandparent's farm and is a regular stop for us whenever we are in the area. Despite numerous visits here, we never realized we could go inside. As we pulled up on the bikes, the woodworker, who has a shop there, told us we could walk around behind his truck and get in. We had a grand time seeing parts of the castle we had not seen before.

In addition to the tearooms, there are a few other shops that are open on weekends and around holidays. We found all sorts of interesting things at the woodworker's shop, including this pitiful scene.

 After tea and scones, it was time for a proper bike ride.

We had a long discussion about the unit of measure for grass up the middle roads. The road pictured above, according to Dave was a two cow road, because the width of the grass in the middle could feed two cows. I asked for more detail. How long long a stretch of road? For what period of time, and is length factored in.

We finished the day, stopping in at the family farm. We joke that it's a place where time disappears. You stop in to say hello, and then tea and scones are brought out and next thing you know it's midnight.


  1. Your Irish tours & your Vermont & western Massachusetts rides are really lovely places. Really enjoy all the pix. Ducker Grove is beautiful & someday I hope to see a two-cow road as enchanting as this one! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Glad you are enjoying the photos. We do love these areas and love to share them with others.