It was suggested by a couple of friends here in the blogosphere that the Duck Cabin is really more of a duck castle. I agree. The home Mr. C is building for the ducks is absolutely amazing. I even researched some good Irish castle names for Freckles’ and Penguin’s new home. But we decided on Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead. And there’s a reason for this.
Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead started with a video and a dream!
Using the video that Pete sent so many months ago as a template Mr. Comfortable has been able to bring the vision to life. He’s spent countless hours on this project, even working on days when he clearly wasn’t feeling well at all. And now we’re very close to having Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead completed.
In the list of Irish castle names there was a small mention of a place to visit that isn’t a castle. In fact, it’s about as opposite of the royal lifestyle as you could get. It’s Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead in Kilbride, County Wicklow, Ireland.
As taken as I was with the grandeur of the Irish castles and manor houses there was something about this simple farmstead that called to me. Perhaps it’s because I’d rather live on a farm than in a palace. Maybe it’s because Freckles and Penguin seem like such down-to-earth ducks that they’d prefer the simple life. They’re farmer ducks not royalty! Whatever the reason, this 17th century Quaker farmstead had me hooked.
This is a duck suited for a palace. This is a duck suited for our village.
And the obvious play on words; Quaker – Quacker couldn’t be overlooked. How many times do you fall into a pun like that?
The inspiration for our name –
Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead is now owned by Philip and Delphine Geoghegan (Gay gen) and their website offers tours by appointment of this amazing farmstead. Oh, how I wish I could visit! There’s a rich history there!
From the Independent IE website I learned that Quakers began to move to Ireland from 1654, after the English Civil War. Ballymurrin Farmstead was built from about 1668. The house has been lived in for almost 350 years; much modified, yet keeping its essential form.
“The farmstead and burial ground offer a fascinating legacy, invoking the life and struggles of new settlers in Ireland during a calamitous period for religious communities, both Catholic and Protestant.
William Bates, for example, who lived in the house in the 1670s, was imprisoned in the Black Castle in Wicklow for attending Quaker meetings in the town. He later Upon release, and to escape persecution, he, with his family, emigrated to America. (Mr. Bates) leased land in Newton Creek, New Jersey, from William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and an influential Quaker.”
Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead is the perfect home for our country ducks!
So, in keeping with the simple life of the Quakers our quackers are going to live a life of quiet country folk. Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead isn’t fancy. They won’t dine on fatted calves but they’ll enjoy all the duck-friendly food that their farmstead has to offer. Freckles & Penguin won’t dance in grand ballrooms but they’ll swim in their in ground pool.
They will have “palace” guards as Remy has already shown a deep interest in keeping things away from the farmstead. He’s been chasing away birds that have the temerity to land on the structure! He’s also spent an inordinate amount of time just lying facing the farmstead, ready for anything.
I can barely express how excited I am that Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead will soon be in move-in condition! While Mr. Comfortable is finishing the home I’ll work on laying out the play area which will be surrounded by fencing. After all, even though it’s not technically a castle we still need to keep out the common rabble!
I hope that Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead as the name for the (former) Duck Cabin doesn’t disappoint Dolly and Margaret.
Tomorrow I will posting more about Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead. There’s huge news and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Images via Pixabay and Disney (Donald’s Garden) via You Tube