Here's a video of what happened, before I commence the blog and photos ...
Arriving at the front gate, yes, this is the place :-)
Entrance to the Grove Of Tranquility area
In the Grove Of Tranquility are the interesting Tipi Adventures tents. People were mediating in these.
Here is where Claire Roche and I performed, set remains from the filming of Mary Queen Of Scots.
Friday was also Ally O'Flynn's birthday ... With two delicious cakes to share ... and one or two who could barely wait to get a slice ... or two.
Invisible man, would you like some too?
"Hey! Save some for me" - said Ian, Ally's husband ... Who needed constant superhuman sustinence.
"Hey everybody, don't miss a great show this afternoon!"
and here is Claire solo, with her folk harp accompanying, through our afternoon performance
After us, a bit of great entertainment from the Tullamore Rhymers ...
and here is Thomas Carty with words backed by Brian Boru's March.
then after, this lad came along and asked when our show is starting :-)
and the castle lit up too :-)
but why is caller of the West sitting around and acting the maggot?
Ah, there we all are calling in the 'elementals' ... thanking them for the day, then closing ...
Followed by a bunch of people coming up to me, at least, asking what that was all about !!!
The following afternoon, the Sunday, and its Bards In The Woods time ... and its a no show!!!
Not to worry, opportunity to explore these mysterious Charleville Forests myself. A lot of local people here also making the most of having this fine forest here. So I took this trail ...
Yes, I enjoyed my hour or two browsing this forest. No water features, but a fine collection of Native Trees and seemingly endless paths to walk and explore. Lots of ancient oaks here, as I featured at the start of this post.
As I mentioned, a well used forest by local people, quite a Neighbourwood, thanks to the generosity of access by the Charleville Castle Heritage Trust who also host and support a wonderful group of Native Tree Foresters around Ireland.
Here is one example of several families that I saw picnicking under the trees. I did not go close and spoil their privacy.
Looking forward to 2015 when Ally and Ian want to do it all over again. Do come along yourselves.