My somewhat quirky views as I gaze at the world around me!

Archive for September, 2012

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: WICKLOW MOUNTAINS

This is the view of Saint Brendan’s Valley, or Glendalough Valley, as you travel the Military Road from Powerscourt Gardens to the monastic site of Glendalough, in the Wicklow Mountains.  The peak in the background is the Great Sugarloaf Mountain.  Less than an hour from Dublin, this is Ireland at its most beautiful!

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Copyright 2012                   Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SILENT VALLEY RESERVOIR, CO. DOWN

This view of the Silent Valley Reservoir is so very typical of Ireland….bursts of brilliant sunshine through the dark clouds.  The Silent Valley is deep  within the Mourne Mountains in County Down and the valley itself can only be reached on foot.  The reservoir was created in 1933 when the Kilkeel River was dammed.  The “infinity pool” effect intrigued me.  The view is looking to the south and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Copyright 2012       Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: NEWGRANGE (BRU NA BOINNE), CO. MEATH

This is the magical Newgrange Tumulus, a part of the Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne).  It’s a Stone Age necropolis built around 3200 B.C., 600 years earlier than the Pyramids at Giza and 1,000 years before Stonehenge.  As well as being a final resting place for the ancient kings, it is also thought to have been a center for rituals.  The alignment of the tomb with the rays of the rising sun on the winter solstice indicate a deeper, astronomical/astrological purpose……………no one is sure.  The white quartzite exterior is NOT  a recent addition and the stones were quarried on County Wicklow, over 70 km away, during a time predating the horse, cart and even wheel.   The Stone Age people of Ireland in no way resembled the Flintstones!

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Copyright 2012                      Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: MOYNALTY STEAM THRESHING, CO.MEATH

Ireland is a land of Festivals!  One of the most popular ones is the annual Moynalty Steam Threshing,  held on a Sunday in   August.  This year, the weather held for most of the day (it only drizzled a bit) and there were over 10,000 visitors.  As well as being able to see wheat being threshed by scythe-wielding men on horse drawn wagons there were wonderful demonstrations of gone-by Irish farming techniques.  This photo shows the “old fashioned” way of loading the grain into the steam powered threshing machine.  There is a lovely museum of antique farm machines and implements as well as outdoor kitchens set up to prepare traditional Irish foods such as boxty, soda bread, pancakes, etc as well as sausages, burgers and hot dogs.  The attractions ran the gamut from watching a pig roasting on a spit, listening to one of 4 or 5 musicians, taking a raffle on a bull calf (no, I didn’t win him!), looking at or buying everything from flowers and plants to home baked cakes and jams,  rides, horseshoeing demonstrations, and so on.

As you can probably tell, I love living in my adopted home village of Moynalty, County Meath Ireland!  There’s always something new to discover.

 

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