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~John Bailey, “Autumn,” a haiku year, 2001, as posted on oldgreypoet.com
19 Oct 2014 2 Comments
16 Oct 2014 1 Comment
Here are some of my Which Way Photos for this week, taken on a recent hike in County Tipperary
Linked to Cee’s Challenge
15 Oct 2014 7 Comments
Many towns in Ireland like to paint their houses and shops in vibrant colours, as you can see from this shop called ‘Stone Mad’ selling beautiful jewellery and knick knacks in Kinsale. The pink window frames, rainbow colours and the hanging baskets add to the vibrancy and make people stop and have a look.
This huge mural stands behind one of the altars at Chichester Cathedral, it is the Piper Tapestry which was woven in France in 1966, designed by John Piper who also made stained glass windows for several churches.
This magnificent stained glass window is also in Chichester Cathedral, and has been there since the 14th century, and the colours are so vibrant, considering that it has survived many centuries.
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13 Oct 2014 18 Comments
Let’s get the hiking boots on, and the walking poles, and do a bit of climbing to get the muscles moving and the heart pumping faster…and faster. This walk is starting near Clogheen in County Tipperary, driving through the village of Ballyporeen, (population 952) a one-street town that became famous when Ronald Regan was President of the U.S. as it was once the home of his great grandfather, and Ronald himself visited here in 1984 when he was President.
After Clogheen you drive through the village of Goatenbridge, and the walk starts not far from here, a narrow steep trail through forests on what is known as part of Saint Declan’s Way, then you eventually come out to a very welcome flat path, for about 500 meters, before the climb starts again.
In total the walk is about 12.5 km round trip, including a sit down for lunch, and once at the lunch stop the views are amazing. On a clear day…..you can see forever!
Thankfully, after lunch we won’t be climbing up the Knockmealdown, (794 meters) but will start the downhill trek for about two hours till we reach the cars!
We might even come across some evidence of where the turf cutters have been, cutting the turf (peat) for the winter.
And the best part of a long hike like this (apart from taking off the hiking boots and slipping in to something more comfortable) is stopping off on the way home, at a nice restaurant for a little treat after all the calories that were burnt on the climb.
Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk
13 Oct 2014 4 Comments
Yesterday we went on a hike in the Knockmealdown mountains, between County Waterford and County Tipperary. On the way there was a lot of fog and mist, which burned off in the heat (yes, heat in October) of the day. There were so many spiders’ webs in the hedges, looking like delicate lace hanging by a thread from the blades of grass.
Even though the mist lifted, we could still see the low clouds in the distance, sitting over the Golden Vale between us on the Knockmealdown Mountains, and the Galtee Mountains in the distance.
It was a strenuous day, but worth it for being out in the sunshine with beautiful scenery.
12 Oct 2014 3 Comments
I enjoy getting out on the hills at the weekends, well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, what I enjoy is being at the top of the hill and sitting down for a well earned packed lunch, while admiring the view and chatting to friends and fellow hikers. And as the only way to get to the top is to climb, then it has to be done!
even when the weather is dull, the view is always worth it.
What could be better than being on the beach, admiring the boats, and dreaming in the sunshine.
Oslo Opera House is a real ‘flight of fancy’ with its marble steps that lead to the roof of the building, and we can admire our reflection in the glass walls, as we stroll along.
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11 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
As we are heading into winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, plants have started to slow down in their flowering, and the leaves are falling. Today we have glorious sunshine again, so there are still some flowers blooming happily in the garden, along with the less hardy ones that have already gone to seed, in fact I think these nasturtiums are on their second flowering to brighten up autumn.
The Iris and Monbretia though, are on the way to a long sleep till next year, but there is beauty, even in the dying foliage.
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