staddler stones or mushrooms

Garinish Island GlengarriffUnfortunately another staddler stone along the path to the temple lost its ‘cap’ recently. Garinish Island GlengarriffWill this and the other lost upper parts of those devices (which were once used to protect the grains against mice and rats) be replaced for the next season? Have a look at the old photograph, spot the difference to the nowadays terrace!

This feature is one of the signatures of Harold Peto. In his own garden in Iford they are placed along a very steep path leading to the Edvard VII column.

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Violet L’Estrange Bryce

Garinish Island GlengarriffMost people think of Violet Bryce as a ‘British society lady’. But she was extremely proud of her Irish roots and was very fond of the Irish language. In a letter to the editor she wrote in 1930: “… I beg to say I was brought up on Joyce’s ‘Names of Irish Places’, my father having been a keen Irish scholar, and know ‘Goul’, ‘Gowel’, ‘Gabhal’ means a fork, but information was taken from from a pre-Joyce book which I found … in an old book …which contained a description of Glengarriff and its surroundings, and mentioned Sleive Ghoile (spelt thus) as meaning ‘the hill of the mist’ or ‘the hill of the little men or people’. This description pleased me so much that I have always thought of it as ‘the hill of the mist,’ and I feel that so long as we do not call it ‘Sugar Loaf’ we can put our own interpretation to the name.”

the lily pond

Garinish Island Glengarriff“This lily pond is lined with small blue-green tiles to give the illusion of sea water, and round the edges in the water are pots raised on bricks of Iris kaempferi, tiny Bulruhes and Reed of various kinds. This Lily pond contains myriads of goldfish, and in the early morning the brilliant many colored king-fisher is to be seen darting over the pond.” written by Violet Bryce for the magazine Gardening Illustrated in January 1929. It would be really great to see the water blue again next year, just a little scrub of the bottom and the lower walls would do it (and maybe a bit more of water…)

bryce’s residence in london

Garinish Island GlengarriffViolet and Annan Bryce owned a magnificent house in London W1 which was decorated over and over with pieces of art, antiques and exotic objects especially from the far East like Burma, where Annan had worked (around 1885). They invited the London society for balls and could provide for up to 600 guests.

violet bryce loved glengarriff

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The Rev. T. Harrington at the Agric. Show in Glengarriff on Aug 15th 1910:

“I need not say I refer to Mrs. Bryce, and I say that because it was on her fertile brain and sympathetic heart that industrial movement had its origin. It is so owing to her influence … that Glengariff has been blessed with the presence for the past six months of such a competent official as Mr. Cunneen – the result of whose instructions is that there are at present in the parish 60 holdings in which various kinds of vegetables are cultivated, in some cases, on plots on which nothing ever grew before, but weeds and rushes …”