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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Derreen Woods Before The Bluebells


10 people turned up,
5 women, 1 young girl
and 4 men, but no dogs.
Well balanced reallly.

A couple of new folks,
first time with us for
Bards Of The Woods
for Clare and Caroline
and I think they enjoyed here.
Good people to have around :-)

Some people had dropped out
due to weather fears,
due to heavy morning showers,
but the afternoon was lovely, mainly sunny,
warmish, well over 12 C and none of the wind of previous weeks.

No bluebells. Stems and buds were up and ready to open ike during my visit last Monday. I only saw 2 that had bloomed.

Bluebells was not the main goal today though. Checking out the Toberderragh Well was, and to see what we could do with it. Only one person turned up with wellies, and it was not me.

Even so, we removed weed and was amazed how quickly the mud we churned up quckly converted into clean new water again.

I slipped on some mud to reveal a stone step. On other visits I had prodded around to see where a stone step for entry into this well could be. I pulled some of the turf and mud away, but Jonathan Pipe got right in their eagerly ro do a lot more.

Next week I think we will be better dressed and tooled much better for this job. Forecast is currently not bad for this.

Before we got to the well, Susie Minto served us a wonderful tree story while we sat on a log within the fairy ring. I look forward to posting the video of this in the near future. Hera then gave us a calming bird story after that. Poems were scarce today, but that does not matter. its good to have these other wonderful activities.

We were grateful for the clutie rags to still be hanging to show our way both to the fairy ring and holy well, and back again.

Picnic time !!! And what a feast :-)

"ham and turkey sandwiches, bags of lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, heaps of tomato, and lashings of ginger beer"   ... whow now !!! - it was better than that !!!

There were chicken sandwiches, goat's cheese and hummus sandwiches, vegan avocado red bean and tomato sandwiches, bags of lettuce, hard boiled eggs, lots of different home made cakes and biscuits, and lashings of ginger and ginseng tea, barry's tea and juices.

At 6:30 pm, sun still out and warm, I had to leave to dash off to a Dick Gaughan concert in Sligo. Usually I am the last person to leave but this time most of the rest stayed on an hour or more longer to include a lovely meditation led by Hera.

So today was stories, poems, sacred well reclamation, a little bit of tree and flower identification, a bountiful picnic and a closing meditation in the evening sun ... how could a Sunday afternoon be better :-)

Again, there is this nonsense of not being able to include a pic already on Facebook in this blog, if I want to share it on Facebook, so I have nicked one of the pics for here.

click for the rest of the photo album on Facebook, 11 pics

click for more pics taken by Clare Lynch, 6 pics

I think you can view them publicly if you are not a Facebook member?

I will add videos on YouTube here soon.

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