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The Stone Circle.

19 Sep

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On the way home from Terra Nova on Saturday last, (see previous post), we simply had to stop at the stone circle at Grange. Stone circles are fairly common in Ireland and stand as a reminder of our Celtic heritage. Considering they were all built 4 or 5 thousand years ago it’s amazing they are still standing. A testament to the skill of the builders. A people many like to think of as primitive… I think not!

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This circle is the largest in Ireland…150 feet in diameter.  The largest stone is 13 feet high and estimated to weigh 40 tons. Some feat to move that into position. No heavy machinery in those days but of course people worked together to achieve community goals.

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The entrance to the circle is on the east side and locals say the rising sun on the Summer Solstice reaches the exact centre of the circle. Others say it is aligned to the rising sun at Lunasagh.

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There are over a hundred stones in all and the outside of the circle is surrounded by a wide bank of earth.

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There are 2 other stone circles and a standing stone nearby but we were happy to spend some time absorbing the vibe here before heading off on the 3 and a half hour drive back home to Roscommon.

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Off to the Forest.

30 Jun

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With all the madness going on in the world…corrupt Irish bankers scandalous tapes being released, America bugging the EU offices and worst of all Monsanto being the recipient of the World Food Prize…I need a day away from it all. Peace…quiet…beauty…nature. Yes! We’re off to the forest today. Ireland’s oldest forest actually…St. John’s Wood, near Lecarrow in the beautiful county of Roscommon. If anyone cares to join us we will be at the forest entrance at 3 o clock. Otherwise I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

Have a happy Sunday!

Bridget.

The new place.

7 Mar

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Back in blogland again with a new blog from our new place. We moved in on February 1st, St. Bridget’s Day.  Today, March 7th, marks six months since we moved out of old place in Arigna. It took us some time to find a new house. It was’nt for want of looking I can tell you. We must have looked at every house in Roscommon that was in our price range. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but we looked at a lot of places.

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We both liked this place straight away and put in an offer within days. Thankfully it was accepted and this is now our new home. One of the things we both liked was the south-facing conservatory built by the previous owners. I look forward to many happy hours spent pottering here.

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On our third day here it snowed making the garden look wonderfully magical.

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Welcome to my new blog. I hope many of you who followed my ArignaGardener blog will follow here as we start our new adventure.

Bye for now,

Bridget x.

P.S: If you look closely at the header pic you can just see the white chimney of the cottage.

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