Chillin on a Saturday.

In Ireland, Off the beaten track. on April 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Wild Violets are flowering in the hedgerow…

and Nasturtiums are self seeding like crazy in the polytunnel. I will spread these around here and there as they are great for attracting beneficial insects. Some will also go the school garden. Had a gardening free day today…only went out there for the morning walk around and opening the polytunnel.

After lunch we drove down to Lough Meelagh…about 5 miles away. The dogs came too as it’s a handy way for them to take a wash.

Freddie was’nt too impressed as the water is very cold still. Sorry Freddie!

The water level in the lake is very low right now as we have’nt had much rain for several weeks. The red on the trees shows the Winter level of the lake. The red is from

the iron content in the water of this mountain stream which feeds the lake at this point. The land around here is rich in naturally occuring iron.

Bright yellow Celandine in flower near the shore…soon it will be crowded out by the fast growth on the Reeds and  Horsetail…but not before it has finished flowering.

Most of the trees here are Alder and Willow…neither mind having wet feet when the Lough is higher. Shame to see rubbish here…next time I will bring gloves and a plastic sack to gather this up.

Soon it is time to head back home again…out through the wonderful fairy gates…take a right and on to Arigna.

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend. Happy Easter!

  1. Your posts always make my heart happy. It’s like I get to take a vacation outside of my life for just a few minutes into yours. The pictures are always so lovely. And the green rain barrel from your other post—EXCELLENT!

  2. The gate is fantastic. It must be some kind of old remains. What was it?

  3. Nice walk Bridget. I am in awe of the stone arches, just amazing. I hate it when people leave garbage. But I would have wanted to pull up the celandine too. I saw a city front garden totally awash with that plant recently, and I dig it out of some new place in my garden about every day. I’m glad the reeds overtake it by the lake.

  4. A lovely walk, and I haven’t seen the effect of iron and minerals on trees like that before

  5. What sweet photos. I love celandine poppy – it grows wild here in Wisconsin as well (perhaps escaped from cultivation?), and it is always so bright and cheerful to see a mass of it shining yellow.

  6. love the fairy gate! We are in the midst of a blizzard here today so especially nice to see your flowers!

  7. Great walks thanks for sharing this. Have a great easter and I am taking a day off today, I have promised myself not to do anything today but of course Ive still got to cook dinner. People are so lazy why cant they just take their rubbish home with them and dispose of it in their bins, why throw it about the countryside Dont they realise how much damage they can do to the wildlife, if only they would THINK before throwing on the ground.

  8. Good on you for collecting the litter. Always makes my blood boil that some people can be so uncaring and selfish and downright stupid. Grrr.

  9. Aaah..that was a lovely day for ye. Those trees really show the water line alright. And at least Freddie had his bath too!
    Love those Fairy Gates 🙂

  10. Thanks for taking us along with you on the walk 🙂 I particularly like the fairy gates!

  11. Great blog of a great walk.

  12. Beautiful scenery, poor Freddy, I hope it warms up soon. We are entering autumn, the mornings have become quite chilly.

  13. Nice to have a day to “chill,” isn’t it? Looks like a lovely walk.

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