Category Archives: travel

An Unexpected Encounter…

We took to the backroads again, nodding to Drake’s statue as we passed through Tavistock once more, climbing up towards Dartmoor. On our way south, the mists had closed around us completely and we had seen little more of the … Continue reading

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Magnetic north

*** August bank holiday weekend is approaching fast. The weather has been glorious, the skies clear and temperatures pleasant. As I get myself organised this morning it is, quite typically, raining. Today I once again throw the bags in the … Continue reading

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Rowan berries

*** It started with a sleepless night. I was late to bed, as I couldn’t seem to relax. I wandered back downstairs a scant hour and a half after snuggling down with every intention of staying there for a long, … Continue reading

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Stepping stones

I was thinking about one of my favourite places today, and while for me it is the high moors, there are other things to see in Ilkley. As a child I used to love stepping off the train into the … Continue reading

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Sheela’s Mystery Solved?

County Meath, Sunday, 31st July 2022… *** *** Perhaps, like the ‘tomb raiders’ at Dowth, we are looking for treasures of the wrong kind, in the wrong place? *** She’s at the base of the stone on the right! *** … Continue reading

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Of kings and stone…

County Meath, Sunday, 31st July 2022… *** *** All roads lead to Tara as they say. * Or at least all the roads in Ireland. *** *** But like so much else that we have considered on this trip what … Continue reading

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Dowth…

County Meath, Sunday, 31st July 2022… *** *** The dowdiest of the three Boyne Monuments but, in some ways, the friendliest. * No time restrictions, no imminent threat of film-show dread, no waiting bus, full of chattering strangers… * Just … Continue reading

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Kells…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** *** “Three’s are important,” she said. * And they are, so we can take it that ‘ol’ stubby’ from Killinaboy does not count in our tally of round towers. *** *** The brick … Continue reading

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Art and Function…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** *** The eastern entrance stone and the two standing stones in front of it are instrumental in recording the equinox. * No one knows what the ovoid shaped stone to the left is … Continue reading

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Knowth…

County Meath, Saturday, 30th July 2022… *** *** Knowth gives us a relatively accurate picture of what Loughcrew might once have looked like… *** *** …With its large mound dedicated to the equinoxes and a whole host of satellites briefly … Continue reading

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