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Pics from a Sunday walk.

13 Oct

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Another beautiful sunny day today. After picking Andy up from the airport after his weekend trip to Bristol I decided to head off to the shores of Lough Meelagh to join the Woodland Walks, Bards and Picnics outing.  Sadly it was just myself and John Willmott…that however did nothing to lessen the enjoyment.

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The pathway is all along the shore of the lake…it would once have been a pleasure walk for the inhabitants of nearby Kilronan Castle…the landed gentry. We ambled along companionably stopping to take photos or admire some wonder of Nature like this lovely Oak. It must have been coppiced years ago to have grown 4 strong stems.

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Further on this lovely Beech.

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Further still and we came to “The Big Tree.” John said last time he was here there was a sign here with The Big Tree written on it. It really is a very big tree…

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but somehow my photos don’t do it justice. It is a Californian Sequoia…pretty rare in this neck of the woods.

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Beautiful bark.

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We followed the signs to the place called The Edge of the World.

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Interesting stones here and the soothing sound of gently lapping water.

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We sat awhile enjoying the view out to Orchard Island.

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I love the smooth bark on this Beech tree.

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This one seems to be growing from rock.

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After our picnic we stopped at St. Lassiar’s Well where our eyes were drawn to how the setting Sun lit up part of the nearby graveyard.

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From the graveyard Lough Meelagh and the setting Sun in all their beautiful glory.

A Fox, Clouds and garden progress.

24 May

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Some very strange clouds 2 days ago…unlike any I can ever recall seeing. Hopefully they are the good weather clouds.

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Yesterday evening Andy took the dogs for their daily walk in the woods behind our house. Half an hour later he was back with this wee Fox in his arms. Just a baby….the dogs had attacked her in the forest and would have killed her had Andy not intervened. Once we got the dogs indoors Andy took the Fox baby to where he found her.  Not a great pic but had to share it.

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Garden work continues…a few days ago we gave the pond a good clean out. Everything was overgrown and the Bulrushes still had last year’s dead stems.  Looking a lot better now. In the clean up we found 2 Water Lilies that were completely covered. Hopefully they might flower this year.

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In the front garden the Apple trees are covered in blossoms. Lots of Bumble Bees about so they should be pollinated.

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Everything has really come on the last couple of weeks even though the nights are still quite chilly. The farmers are complaining because the grass is not growing and all the fodder has been eaten. Hay is now being bought in from England and France. Even that is rationed.  If there isn’t some real Summer weather soon the animal welfare problem will seriously escalate. Already many farmers are said to have lost animals due to malnutrition and hunger.

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On the lane everything is looking very lush and green. But as usual the Ash still haven’t leaved out fully yet. They are always last.

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Rhododendron is also about to bloom. These are usually in bloom in the first week of May…so late this year…like so much else.

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I just love the new leaves on the Beech. So fresh and soft when just unfurled. At this stage they can be eaten in a salad. Not particularly flavoursome but wouldn’t  that beautiful green tempt anyone’s palate. It is said that green is the colour of the heart chakra…these beautiful leaves really make my heart feel full of joy.

 

 

A Walk and picnic in Union Woods.

13 May

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Yesterday, as we often do, we went for a walk in a woodland. Yesterday’s destination was Union Wood in nearby County Sligo. There was only 4 of us this time but there were lots of people in the woods, which was lovely to see. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and dog walkers were all out in good numbers. It gave a nice lively feel to the forest. Not that a forest would ever feel dead but the people about gave an extra energy.

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Very big rocks here amongst the trees…

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actually some of the trees look like they are growing out of the rock cliffs.

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This part of the forest is made up mainly of Ash, Beech, Hazel and Oaks. Its amazing to see so many Oaks in one forest. A local man who stopped for a chat said he had counted the trees and his Oak count was roughly 4,5oo trees. Fab!

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To think that Ireland was once covered by forests like this.

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Our pace is nice and slow. Time to chat as we walk…and all the while absorbing the relaxing, healing vibration of nature.

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Aren’t these unfurling Ferns just beautiful?

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John on his iPad trying to identify an unknown tree. Turns out it was a Wild Cherry. Check out John’s Bards in the Woods t-shirt.

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Happy days! Happy people! On we go to the prize at the end of the walk…

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a picnic beside the river…and reluctantly we leave the forest… and head for home.

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