My dear friends Derek & Lynda will be returning to America in 10 days (boooo) … and I will miss them until they are back in Ballinamore for a lengthy visit (yehhhhh) … real soon this year.
I asked Gabriel Owens if he would take them and moi on a tour of the land and lakescapes around Ballinamore … he has done this before for other friends of mine as I don’t have a car … or a sense of direction.
The day started with Coco waking me when the light came in the window at 8am … I’m a bit worried about the summer morning light … 4.30am!
It was a very cold but gorgeous clear sky day.
Gabriel drove us around many Leitrim and Cavan bends … to a radius of just under 10 kms.
It’s astonishing how the landscape changes in such a small area.
I’m going to now just show you the story in images … and I don’t know all the names of the places we stopped … so just enjoy the beauty.
Many many thanks to Gabriel … I just love my good neighbours.
Lynda & Derek at the waterfall just outside of Aughnasheelin. Gabriel thinks I could cycle there from Ballinamore … yeh right.
Pronounced … pool an ass … Gabriel told the meaning … something to do with donkeys/asses carrying loads and stopping at this pool for water.
Top of the waterfall where mad Irish friends of mine have actually gone swimming in the summer … say after me … too cold … too cold.
me with Lynda & Derek
I adore the sculptural quality of trees in the winter
An ancient sweat house … thousands and thousands of years old. This one would fit 2 or so people sweating over hot rocks. They were built near running water so you could throw yourself into the cold afterwards … mad mad mad.
small stream by sweat house
Gabriel telling a great story … he is a font of knowledge about the area and always willing to help.
This is turf that’s been thatched to protect it … we were now up the mountain area
The landscape becomes quite desolate … and this was where thousands of people were made to settle from Ulster in the 1800’s … forced settlement … many walking.
Quite a few Ballinamore people would be related to the Ultachs.
This was one of the wee stone sheds built by the settlers to hold their tools.
yeh – gorgeous
In the distance you can see Lough Allen and Drumshambo
People talk about living up the back of a boreen … meaning way way away. Boreen (probably spelt wrong) means … small road. Sure was … we stopped and moved off the road a few times to let cars by.
Isn’t the light wonderful?
an old schoolhouse … window set high so children couldn’t look out … lovely … I’d still have day dreamed against the wall!
one of the myriad of lakes in Leitrim & Cavan … south Leitrim and parts of Cavan are closer in distance than North to South Leitrim.
The island holds a cemetary. People get there by boat … and I’ve heard stories of a year when it was so cold that the lake froze … and people could walk over.
The church in the background is waaay over a thousand years old and has been catholic … protestant … catholic … protestant … depending on who ruled in England. The big boat takes the casket and then people are ferried to the island in the little boat … think it’s Gabriels.
love the light and stillness … the clean air … no traffic … bird song … lucky us who live here … I am always grateful and delighted.
Hope you enjoyed our magical mystery Tuesday tour.