Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mourne Mountains

Newcastle, County Down 23 May 2006

A fine morning between the weather fronts!
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Friday, May 12, 2006

12 May 2006

Looking down towards Clonachullion Hill from Fofanny


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Friday, May 05, 2006

On The Slopes of Slieve Gullion

Climbed up today with Chocolate the dog, beautifully sunny on the lower slopes, cloud and wind higher up.

The highest passage tomb in Ireland is on the top - 576 m high!

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

16 March 2006
Slieve Commedagh, The Mourne Wall and Tollymore Park

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

15 March 2006

I've been away at the Manchester Irish Festival - great people, in it's 11th year and better every time - except for the snow!

Back home now to St Patrick's Day here - the gorse is in abundance


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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Blackbird

This blackbird comes to the garden every day. Today he was sitting in the cherry tree outside the back door.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

BallymcDermott Court Tomb

One of the best court tombs in Ireland, cnstructed 5,500 years ago and still powerfully evocative.

Standing on the shoulder of Camlough Mountain near to Newry County Down, this tomb has an almost circular courtyard, outside a three chambered grave.

It is in great condition considering the ravages of time and a collision with a US army vehicle during WWII!

Said to be haunted, this is certainly an enchanted place.

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3 March 2006

BallymcDermott Court Tomb
On Camlough Mountain near Newry.

Built c.3500BC, a magnificent 3 chambered tomb with a circular ceremonial entrance courtyard

The snow capped summit of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mournes (and in N. Ireland) looms in the distance.


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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

First dusting of snow

28 February 2006

the first snow overnoght of much more due in the next few days
this looks west to Clonachulion Hill with the high Mournes in the background

Turnip House is at the foot of the hill
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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

15 February 2006

New Promenade street furniture Newcastle County Down
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Monday, February 13, 2006

Frogs!

In the flax pit near to the house the frogs spawn every spring

First sighting of spawn 8 February

This picture taken today 13 February

I counted over 50 frogs happily 'at it' in a space 2x4 metres!

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

8 February 2006

The Hazel Wood

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Monday, February 06, 2006

6 February 2006

Spring Blooms

left to right: lenten rose, witch hazel, mahonia

the signs of spring are on the way!

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Friday, February 03, 2006

3 February 2006

Taken this morning 3 February
Newcastle, at the foot of the Mournes with St John's church and Slieve Donard, the highest mountain

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Monday, January 30, 2006

30 January 2006

The view from Clonachullion Hill

half way up, looking North down at Turnip House.
Another day of uninterrupted sunshine
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