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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Barks In The Woods at Knockranny

Knockranny, west of Keadue Village has had a few things done to it. More signs, changed signs and a bit of new landscaping.

This was the second Sunday of National Tree Week. Knockranny was chosen as it is a short walk and well suited if the weather had been challenging ... but this was comfortable day. Barely ayn sun but it was dry, bright and mild 12C. Very good for this time of year.

So here is the sign and here is where we started ...


A singular post of various signs pointing us to different places to go, replacing a scattered selection of signs. 


By this is this area cleared of grown trees, birch I think, and replaced with seven oaks, on the first day of National Tree Week, the previous Sunday.


This is the sign that explains this planting ...  


This is the same sign with the English zoomed in ...


There is this sign dedicated the the late Rev. Father Sean Tynan who inspired a lot of the forest walk enhancements that are here today. 


and a close up of the pic of him leading a walk here :-) 


And now the people started arriving for this Sunday's Bards In The Woods :-) 


And some dogs showed up too, this is Marley :-) 


So off we go, 19 of us, plus 3 or 4 dogs I believe, and led here by Margie.


4 people from MeetUp, 7 people via Facebook, 3 people via Moylurg Writers, 5 referrals from friends. And here are a couple of dogs ahead of us, Pixie and Marley. 


and we arrive at the court cairn for our bardic session ...


Tony Cuckson was here and he sang, 


So the walkers gathered for the session


I do not have any pics of here, but some video clips that I will upload soon.

From here, moved to the shore of Lough Meelagh


Here I told the stories of Orchard Island and Lasir ... as I love those stories :-)

Our company were now ready for some tea and picnic., passing a few fairy homes on the way ...


and the huge Beach Tree that we love here ..


Some flat roots of fallen spruce ... 


Then it was time to share our fun packed picnic ...


That was very abundant with treats ... 


Plenty to share around, and Tony sings  ... 


And the girls played, lets see if we can sink the floating jetty :-) 


A serene moment with the swans, before we left, after this beautiful fun afternoon.











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