20th JUNE '06

VISIT TO BRIDS CAIRN .

I'ts a beautiful morning, the type of morning when you step outside, take a deep breath of elder scented air and feel the sun warm you.... from the inside Mother nature is smiling. We see Brids mountain and the caves home of the great irish goddess Morrigan, very visable against the clear blue sky

So it's about time for another visit to the caves and then on to the cairn on top, it's a good walk there so we pack a few pieces of fruit and drink, the walking sticks and off we go on another adventu

 

Walking across the land here at kesh reminds me of the burren certainly at the top near the cairn is very simalar

The foxgloves are the first to greet us at the bottom of the climb, their deep purple bells are quiet magical in this setting and point out our path.

 

The climb up to the caves is quiet steep but we carry on steadily, keeping to the left of them we follow a sheep track it takes a slightly longer route to the top but the sheep know things...

Once the initial climb is over it is a nice walk up to the cairn .We see the cross to the right but we follow a wall towards the cairn, which still is a fair bit away

Along the way we greet this Yellow flower which is the welsh popp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More time Out June 28th

 

Only one knows the destination, oh ! I love surprises....... The only clue is that it happens but every ten years. What can it be ? we are not far from home about 20mls. No amount of quessing could prepare me.

Where are we? have we landed on the moon. The ground beneath our feet is cut into squares and slices, like a giant birthday cake.

 

 

 

 

Did someone say GIANT... It seems that a giant race of people called the Fomorians got involved in the battle of Moytura. Balor was struck in the eye by a spear or a sling shot fired by Lugh the mighty Sun god He was hit so hard that his eye shot out through the back of his head and landed so hard on the ground that it caused a large hole where a lake sprung up. Lough na Sool ( lake of the eye). Once every ten years the lake dries up and the hole where Balor's eye landed can be seen.

 

Magic places.....

 

 

On our way home we stopped off at heapstown cairn. It is said to be one of the largest cairn's outside of the Boyne valley. Legend has it that each man in the Fomorian army was requested to bring a stone to a holy well there. Such was the size of the army. The cairn was much larger than it's present size. Stones were removed to build houses and walls.

Hobby Time/Anytime

We did a lot of canoeing before our journey to Scandanavia last year. We took them on the canals where we camped and barbqued. We paddled the rivers Lee and Slaney, lots of lakes in Cavan, and on the open sea in Donabate.

 

 

I took a dive on our first day back, in calm waters so it's time to learn some manovers. We got a book from the library on the basic skills of getting back into and emptying the boat in deep water. Having to toe the boat to shore can be very time consuming. To our surprise we managed just fine once the laughing was out of the way.(nerves)

We plan to take a course in Killary Harbour in the near future to improve our skills and allow us more freedom and confidence in the water. Molly in a canoe..... well maybe !

 

30th June. Another afternoon on the lake. The water was much choppier today. We set sail for the island on the far shore. It was a rough enough crossing, but the sun shone and the wind kept us cool. We were joined by some low flying swallows who were out having their te

We picniced at the point, on our way back watched a herd of long horned goats drinking from the lake. A little futher on a herd of cows lazed in the afternoon sun chewing the cud, howdy lads ! saw ye pull up in your canoes so energetic for us moo moo.....

Homeward bound and rough waters give us plenty of exercise, we are glad of the cooling breeze, and Molly is happy to see u
e pulled up at a place for loading cattle into the lake. We took a walk around the island. It is much bigger than it looks, maybe 30acres,and ruins of a once occupied house. Along the way we spotted a blue butterfly and a blue dragonfly, they accompanied us for most of our stay. On the far side of the island we spotted a bee-orchid, a very rare sight, a first for me, Jimmy had managed to see one some years ago in the Burren (no water tight camera case, so no pictures).

 

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