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.
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.
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.
About a dozen people turned up and we set off happily on our walk. The weather was ideal…sunny but not too warm.
Spotted this Oak tree with what looks like a deer head growing out of it.
At the place called The End of the World we rested a while and had a cup of tea.
John recited a couple of his own compositions here.
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!
A lovely Sunday in the woods!
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.
Very big rocks here amongst the trees…
actually some of the trees look like they are growing out of the rock cliffs.
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!
To think that Ireland was once covered by forests like this.
Our pace is nice and slow. Time to chat as we walk…and all the while absorbing the relaxing, healing vibration of nature.
Aren’t these unfurling Ferns just beautiful?
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.
Happy days! Happy people! On we go to the prize at the end of the walk…
a picnic beside the river…and reluctantly we leave the forest… and head for home.
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