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In the Woods.

8 Mar

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Wouldn’t this be a nice entrance to one’s home…or maybe it’s a bit too pretentious for a country cottage! This is the old entrance to Kilronan Castle just outside the village of Keadue in County Roscommon. It was here we met today for the second Bards in the Woods of the year. The first was last week at Hazelwood near Sligo but I didn’t get to that one.

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Just beyond the entrance is this impressive folly which is known locally as the Fairy House. It is believed that it was used by the occupants of the castle as a place where they could play at being peasants. The roof is long gone as are the toffs in the castle. Very pretty isn’t it?  The castle has a new lease of life now as a popular hotel.

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As I waited for the others to arrive I walked a little by the shore of Lough Meelagh. Something so very soothing about the sound of lapping water.

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About a dozen people turned up  and we set off happily on our walk. The weather was ideal…sunny but not too warm.

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Spotted this Oak tree with what looks like a deer head growing out of it.

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At the place called The End of the World we rested a while and had a cup of tea.

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John recited a couple of his own compositions here.

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What more could a body want on a beautiful sunny Sunday? Beside a beautiful lake, listening to poetry, the company of good friends and a picnic when we returned to the folly. Perfection!

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A lovely Sunday in the woods!

Cold weather explorations.

26 Mar

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It’s so cold here at the moment that even the Hyacinths are huddling close together.  Three or four degrees celsius every day for the last week. That wouldn’t be too bad but there’s also a biting east wind which makes it feel so much chillier. At least we don’t have snow like the folks in England and Northern Ireland.

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Doggies are cuddling in together too.

The humans are feelings the stirrings of Spring and are keen to work outdoors. There is much to be done in the garden, pruning, making beds and of course keeping  up a good supply of logs for the stove. The Siberian wind makes it hard to stay outside for too long. We managed about 3 hours yesterday, less today.

Even though we are only 45 minutes drive away from our old place it is a completely new area to get to know. We are still close to Boyle and Carrick on Shannon but it’s nice to get to know the towns that  are new to us.

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Ballaghadreen is a town most people pass through on the way to Knock Airport. We went there yesterday to get some supplies. In the supermarket I was delighted to see lots of vegetarian staples on the shelves. Mung beans, chick peas

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and spices I would normally expect to pay a premium price for in the health food store.

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They even stock pure butter ghee. I’ve only ever been able to get this in Dublin.

Not a bad price either. The town of Ballaghaderreen has a large population of people from Pakistan living there hence the good supply of “ethnic foods.”  I love it!

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On the way home we stopped at the Douglas Hyde Interprative Centre which is on the main road from Ballaghaderreen to Frenchpark. Douglas Hyde was Ireland’s first president and this church, where his father was rector, now houses a museum. It doesn’t  open until May so I shall make sure to visit it then. Didn’t think to take a pic of the church itself.

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Douglas Hyde is buried here beneath this lovely celtic cross.

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On a building behind the church is this lovely old cast iron door. How Ireland has changed in the years since this door was made. If only these  old things could talk what treasures they would speak.

Back  home, indoors, for Butternut Squash and Carrot soup. It definitely is weather for soup.

Just a pic for Sunday.

24 Mar

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