Hint of Spring?
Some small trees were down but was able to trim,cut and move all but two to the side.
Lots of Bird activity with a preponderance of young Robins and dozens of Tits feeding in the trees.A single Mistle Thrush was aloft singing its heart out heralding spring,I hope.
Today- Sunday - quite a lot of rain is falling so bear in mind that the river track may well flood again - if so retreat.
The Bird Cherry is showing leafing buds already - can be viewed as you descend the small ziz-zag twenty metres to your right on the Purple track.
Some Jays were calling in the heights and in no time will be nesting.
A great time to be out walking,watching and observing!
Today Wednesday the 15th,very wet in Clonmel,really mild,hope to make it out to the Rock later if the rain lets up!
This was the scene this morning on the Purple walk by the riverside about one hundred metres west of the zig-zag.This area becomes our 'Everglades' after heavy falls of rain and equally beautiful beyond measure.The track is safe to walk in these conditions once you are part of a group and dressed appropriately.Walk to the RIGHT side of the track with the rising ground on your RIGHT!
Take time to stop and marvel at the reflections in the stillness of the water.If you walk slowly you have the added beauty of the 'rolling wave' reflections to admire and capture,if you wish to.You can see examples in the January gallery of images.
Keep to the track at all times and you will enjoy the experience.
We are certainly ending the year with a bang!Wind,torrential rain and cold.But what a day developed after that - sun,with the odd sun shower,a day where you could see forever!
Flood waters to knee level on sections of the PURPLE walk from the WREN'S WELL eastwards to the zig-zag...do not attempt to walk.Will post update tomorrow.
Walked through the waters but was well dressed for the occasion and kept to the middle of the track - wanted to take some photos of our overnight 'EVERGLADES' - will post the photos asap!
Weather permitting,will overnight at the ROCK tomorrow,Tuesday as it's the last day of the old year and the turn of the New - want to see what's stirring,BADGERS particularly but anything will do.
Green shoots at left,premature I know but 'hope springs eternal in the human heart'!
Here on the left is a POPLAR which fell from the riverside across the river track and now lies on the slope opposite,safe and secure.
Many trees have fallen over the past few days and while ALL can now be safely bypassed or stepped over there are still MANY hanging.In NO case should any of these be pulled - just leave alone.We will try to deal with these next week and will keep you posted.
Met with a number of families with children enjoying a walk in the woods today,in balmy sunshine and conditions good underfoot.Took the time to have a few words with each family re features to look out for as they walk and to let them know about the website.
Many branches had fallen and these I moved to the side on each of the walks.
Where trees lie across the track do take care when stepping over,placing your foot on the ground and not on the trunk!
Not a good photo but an example of the rich veined Limestone with fossils to be found all over the Rock.This is especially true of the pock-marked limestone found on the Blue trail as you head west and back towards the Trailhead.
Stop,look,admire,sketch or photograph but leave where it is,and drop us a line!
Alternatively you can view the stones inside the boundary wall from the Trailhead
and examine close up on the ground - a hand-glass would be a great help,if you have one - can be bought in the euro shops cheaply or in a Pharmacy for a few euro more!
Many of the stones are big and heavy so be sure to handle them carefully and safely!
The Map Board has been upgraded to show the individual walks;the Length of each;the approximate Time to walk each;the Elevation;as well as the grade,that is to say whether Easy or Moderate.
As of this morning all walks were open at the Rock and some walkers were out,as I was myself, but CAUTION is urged as this afternoon is pure wild with strong gusts.
Small branches were everywhere strewn on the tracks and no doubt more will join them over the next few days - be prepared and if in doubt stay home!
Many examples of Fungi in evidence,as in photo over,keep your eyes peeled and you will be amazed!
As I walked west along the river track the striking sight of a Buzzard,
in full winter plumage, appeared above the tree line,gliding effortlessly in the air currents.
Carpets of leaves cover many of the tracks but be wary as they cover exposed roots which can be extremely slippery in the wet conditions prevailing.
This is the weather for BOOTS,wear and maintain them.
Happy Christmas to all our walkers - have a good one!
A large tree is blocking the track to the river as of today.Earlier we cleared four other trees that were down.Given the gusting weather at the moment extreme caution is urged if walking at the Rock - confine yourself to the Green Walk if at all possible.We will be on site again tomorrow to check the walks and will Blog later with updates.
Slippery conditions prevail at the Trailhead and on ALL descents stout,non-slip shoes,boots or wellies should be worn.
Use a stick if possible,take one at the Trailhead & return.
WARNING! ...... WARNING!......
BE SAFE! Same applies today ,Wednesday the 18th re walking as gales are forecast and the ground is slippery.
The Bridge?What of it?While we have been beavering away at the Rock,Clonmel was undergoing a seismic
makeover along the river with the Flood Scheme works from 2007 to 2012.This bridge,facing Old Lane on Suir Island was stripped down to the arches, and extended on both sides with concrete,reinforced beams.
Here we have a picture courtesy of Mr.Shaw in South Africa of a Picnic Party at the Rock in the late 1920's,including Bagwells and Shaws.We haven't been able to pinpoint the exact location yet - so any takers ?
Photos I promised on last blog are to follow this coming week with some nice surprises included.
Joe and I did a bit of work on Thursday at both the Trailhead and inside the boundary wall,laying out the beginnings of a track up against the wall,using the old mortar and stone recovered when we lowered the wall height early in the year.
Something to look out for are fossils in the stone natural to the Rock - photo early next week!
Sore from head to toe after lifting timber and stone from early morn to 14.30.An honest day's work surely!Tomorrow we should have Joe and the lads and a new volunteer as well - will confirm one way or another tomorrow.We will have a small dumper on site to help us shunt the mass of stone along the ground inside the boundary wall closer to the trailhead for easier disposal should the occasion arise of disposing of it.At this rate we will have accomplished an amount of work this side of Xmas to enable us better to assess whether we want to procede with a new track inside the boundary wall along its length.
Nuala observed what could well be a fungus growing on some felled ivy,of a violet hue,neon-like in it's vividness - did I take a photo - not a chance,so promise to do so tomorrow and post here by Saturday,d.v.
Photo at the Rock last week - oodles more to see...get walking!
A new week and what a beautiful day,soft and clear,a great day to be outdoors,which is where we were, from 09.00, on site on the Green walk.
Our task,to thin out from among the trees those that were too close together;falling trees,dead on their feet trees;those that were growing too close to the boundary wall and so on.
The benefit will be a better visibility of the wall along its length;an easier recognition of important trees and shrubs;easier access to the floor of the woodland to identify funghi and lichens;easier for schoolkids to set insect traps and take mobile photos...