Bridget

A Poetree Walk. (part 2)

In Ireland, Off the beaten track. on March 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Inside the little housey there is room to sit on an old log. A great storytelling spot…for a few small people.

These old broken down walls would once have been well maintained to contain animals. 

A pathway now marked by the feet of walkers and sightseers would once have been someones daily path…

to the little shed just beyond. It’s very low…perhaps a shed for chickens!

If only these stones could speak…what stories they would tell…of fairies and giants…and who knows what else!

The cutaway forest on the hill behind this enormous rock looks so stark and bleak. A good place to rest weary bones though!

A spring well…the locals would have drawn water by bucket from here in years gone by. Nature has reclaimed it once again…

Rock art…

 and a 19th century lime kiln give signs of previous dwellers here…

and the felled trees cry their bitter orange tears.

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  1. lovely couple of posts Bridget it must have been an interesting day out,

    the second photo down where you say the stones would have kept animals we have them in the highlands and islands and I always thought they would have been animal pens but when I was at a gathering on Mull several years ago many people with indepth knowledge were there and we were told no not animals but the villagers winter supply of potatos, the walls were to keep the animals from the tatties and it would have been covered with a thatch of heather, I found this very interesting and a real eye opener, it seemed so large for tatties but the lady pointed out to us that in many instances it was the villagers main or only food source and they had to make it last, she said to think about how much we eat in winter and pile it up then we realised that for a whole village all winter it wasn’t that big, tough times, Frances

  2. Beautiful, lush greens and looks so peaceful, a pity it can’t remain untouched.

  3. Wonderful reading. You mentioned in part 1 that there were bronze and iron age structures; but again you mentioned that last inhabitants left only 50 years ago. So, was this place a town/village 50 years ago? I also wonder what the stones and trees and those old tortoises would say if they could speak in our tongue or if we could understand their language. In California, they have these huge giant sequoia and redwood trees that are over 3000 years old. It just sends shivers down the spine looking at those trees. Those trees were little trees when Buddha, Jesus Christ were alive!! It is one of the greatest crime to cut down any big trees, especially these trees that survived for thousands of years. But almost all those redwooods/sequoias now gone; only few are left protected in some national forest on some tiny patches. Once they were everywhere along the west coast of the US.

    Why are these trees being cut down there? I thought Ireland and most of the countries of Western Europe have much stricter/stringent laws against all these.

    • The trees are being cut because this was a plantation planted for harvesting for building timber etc. Fifty years ago the last inhabitants left this place. A place that had been continously inhabited for thousands of years. The state forestry company, Coillte, bought the land and all was planted. Deeper in the forest there are tombs and hut remains from thousands of years previous. In my view this area should have been planted with trees which were to be left standing, not Sitka Spruce.

  4. I love the play of moss on, well, everything. By the way, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Cheers!

    • Thanks Kevin. I received this award before but am delighted that you too have awarded it. It’s always nice when other people like what you do.

  5. Such beautiful landscape. I truly miss stone walls, and scrabbling over the stiles on long walks. There’s something of permanence about them that once simply can’t obtain from a wood fence, and I’m always left wondering whose hands once built them.

  6. It really looks like a Magical place, Bridget!
    Lovely photos!

  7. I love this idea.
    Jane x

  8. When I see a truck thunder past laden with huge trees, or stacked near the harbour for shipping out – orange tears are called for.

  9. Beautiful mossy stones! What fun for the imagination!

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