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Had a cycle today from Querrin to Carrigaholt and back via Doonaha thru backroads, passing ancient ring forts, crumbling ruins, fancy brown sheep, wet soggy cows and calves, pockets of woodland, perfectly quiet little bog roads, winter light filtering thru heavy clouds, gravestones, elaborate slabs and tombs in old graveyards, ivy covered churches, farmhouses with their “street” separating their sheds which shelter them from the wind, barking dogs herding me on my bike … but not catching up …. thankfully … and all the time you keep your bearings with Kilcredaun and Rehy to the West, the northern rise of the cliffs of The Loop Head Peninsula, West Clare and the Kerry Coast to the south … easy meandering .. no chance of getting lost … only in running out of daylight. What a beautiful day.
Here they are … Jack and Betty … due to arrive at Purecamping this Spring.
Kevin busy making a shelter for them and we are busy trying to read up on the do’s and don’ts for donkeys. So if anyone has any advice, let us know !
Has anyone noticed the frogs traversing the countryside these late evenings?
Our ponds were bubbling with them early this morning. When I first arrived, the pond water looks like it was boiling! I went for the camera. Lots of frog spawn, although all the frogs (bar one) had dived for cover by time I’d taken a photo. Even the one in the photo is blurred as it is mid-escape.
Mar 16th – And now we have wiggling … jiggling … tadpoles. I promise to take a picture this week and create a new post.
Ok .. this is long overdue … and should be accompanied by photos … I know .. but it will happen.
For now though, there is a flurry of activity outside the window with lovely Goldfinches attracted to their speciality Niger seed and Greenfinches back in action making a real mess under the bird feeder. But, Santa’s Robin and the crows are cleaning that up, helped by our own hens who have a continuous supply of food 🙂
Lots of sparrows … house sparrows … blue tits, great tits, some coal tits.
Further down the fields, in the woodland, there seem to be lots of blackbirds … annoyed with us, when we stroll down through the trees, disturbing them on their turf … sorry …
I really need good binoculars …..
So far, we have ducks … lots of ducks. Curlews … yes …. Geese .. not yet in Querrin shore … but just because I haven’t seen them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. I will check again tomorrow.
Flocks of lapwings. Roundy looking white bodies, black tipped wings as they fly over head with Peewit call. I love looking at these guys.
I love the sound of Querrin shore in the evening …