Here we are on the last day of the month with the goodly rain with us already and storm force winds on the way.So time to remember that stumped or not with/by the weather, tree stumps at the Rock are always worth a look.
This Laurel stump is a kaleidoscope of colour -the more you look the more you see of Fungi and Lichens.Treat yourself.
Take a fungal walk and in your pocket a hand glass to better see and appreciate the wondrous micro world about us.
You don't have a glass,try your local chemist or a knick knack shop you won't be disappointed.
You could also invest in a Pocket Guide.Too much trouble,you say then why not take a photo with your phone and bring the search home - in no time you will be a mine of information on the topic of
mushrooms and lichens.
The baby has been delivered safely and quickly!The baby in question the new fence and entry gate at TRAILHEAD 69.Will post photos.
Surface work remains to be done so a little care is required as you park.Use the fence posts as a guide to the car bay and let us know what you think or advise.
When I arrived on site with Joe this morning a tree was hanging at the east end of the Trailhead. Telecom wires were ok and resting on the wall.With Simon's arrival we were able to deal with this tree and continue with the work of opening up a gap of up to three metres clear of trees and back from the boundary wall in the interests of safety to road users as well as safeguarding the repaired wall.Most of this work is now completed.
Thanks to Coillte who made this work possible and to the men on site over the two days.
The GOOD NEWS is the walks are now open to all once again while we will continue to work to improve conditions for all to enhance that walking experience.Thanks for your cooperation.
What a tangle!But this is a natural tangle and in it's way beautiful - at least I think so.Today's works on site were a bit of a tangle until we got our rhythm and tangoed masterfully - a white lie!
We had Ned and his crew with tractor,trailer,chainsaw and hydraulic drive,fence posts a plenty and know-how.
John set to with the chain saw on the old timber fence at the Trailhead
and in no time had twenty or so decent lengths assembled with one nail protruding which it was my task to make safe,Next up came the posts with a little help from Michael with his tractor and chain put to good use.Joe then ensured we carefully stored the timbers for later removal to safe storage - a work completed before we finished just before five oclock.
Simon arrived with his team to cut up the fallen trees and so clear the pathways for walkers.Was time for elevenses in no time and the tea,wagon wheels,mandarins worked wonders and restored energy to weary limbs.In quick succession followed the levelling of the ground by way of preparation for setting out the line for the posts,the marking of where the holes were to go,the digging of the holes,setting the posts in the holes followed by the pounding of the posts into position while Joe and I did the necessary road work controlling traffic with many waves of our hands.Was time for lunch which was a jolly affair and sated with sambos,tea,some fruit and chocolate we set to once again to have all the posts set firmly before we closed - thanks to all for a mighty effort which we will conclude tomorrow - we hope!
We would ask all of our regular walkers to avoid using the Trailhead again tomorrow,Wednesday as the works remain to be completed.Thanks to all the drivers and commuters for their civility and their forbearance re the 'traffic wardens'!
Expect delays from tomorrow,Tuesday 28th each side of the Trailhead at the Rock,Marlfield where works to erect a boundary fence are to commence.TRAFFIC management will be in force both above the Trailhead as well as below the Trailhead.
PLEASE slow down and HEED the advance warnings and ROAD SIGNS!
This work is necessary both to secure the woodland and ensure better parking for all and is being undertaken by Coillte contractors.
Regular walkers and visitors are asked NOT to visit over these two days to facilitate completion of the works in safety and in good time.
Today the river is up again with some flooding on the river track.More trees are down including one at the Trailhead,which,thankfully fell inwards and not out on to the parking area!
NEWSFLASH come February we will have 2 TUS workers with us to lighten the load as well as get necessary work done onsite.Thanks to Marlfield Village Association who took on the initiative.
We had a site inspection - at the behest of Coillte this morning at the Trailhead with a view to having a
new fence and entrance erected asap.Bernie,Joe and I,representing the Partnership were in attendance as were the contractors.In no time we had arrived at a plan of action that will see the contractors on site Wednesday the 29th of January to commence work.We are delighted with this initiative that at one remove will enhance the site immeasurably,provide better security
as well as make for safer parking for our visitors.To complete this work in safety there will be NO PARKING at the Trailhead from Wednesday on until such time as the work is completed.We will also be trimming trees east of the Trailhead from Monday and as with the work above, traffic warnings will be in place and from Wednesday two FLAGMEN will be on the road.We hope our visitors and walkers will not be too inconvenienced.The end result will be of benefit to all!
Blue sky on a Monday morning above the tree line at the Rock - a wow
morning if ever there was one!Buiochas le Dia na bhfeart!
Walked the Glenbawn/Green walk to see how many fallen trees we have to cut this week - some twenty in all as it happens are lying across
paths causing minor blockages,all can be stepped over however,with little effort.More are hanging among the trees,as in the photo over, but none that high up!
Plenty of footprints about suggesting we had many walkers over the weekend.I trust they all had an enjoyable and relaxing ramble.
Scarlet Elf Cups in abundance yet and all intact suggesting Bugs and Birds give it a wide berth - I wonder why?
Received word from Coillte that the work on the fence at the Trailhead is in hand and tomorrow the person who is to do the job will be visiting us to assess the job.
Tomorrow will be outlining the work on hand for ourselves and for volunteers to end of February -
There's still time to get out there for a ramble - get going and enjoy!
First day back at work for both Joe Burke and I after the hols!A good dry,mild morning it was too.We went walkabout to clear the trackways of debris and fallen trees/saplings.All walks are now OPEN and free of FLOOD WATER but trees are still down but can be stepped over with care.These we will cut and remove asap!
A word about the 'bridge' of sticks you see here on the western zig-zag descent to the river side: all are encouraged to walk on these in wet conditions underfoot,and avoid walking on the inside which in wet conditions can make for mud and very slippery going!Try it!
All wood and branches cut today we moved to the side but care is still needed as the weather is uncertain and more trees may fall in the next few days - so be AWARE,be CAREFUL and enjoy your walks.
A reminder to people who bring dogs to the Rock: the dogs are your responsibility;young and untrained dogs are to be kept on a leash at all times to safeguard other walkers and especially children - PLEASE oblige!
Found this fungus growing on the bark of a Box tree/bush - for all the world like an 'ear' ! Took a shot from above as well but have mislaid it.Will try and retrieve and show.Have yet to identify.
Was with a friend today on site,his first visit.Was really impressed.He found the Scarlet Elf cup,which I had earlier told him about and was delighted with the find..
We talked about the siting of an installation in the woodland
at a later date and looked at possible sites for same - but for the moment the word is 'mum'!
While it was showery,the in between was pleasant and fresh and that
did not deter ourselves nor a couple we met on our ramble from taking the air.
Tomorrow we aim to tackle those fallen trees either on or beside the tracks as well as those hanging over the walkways.Weather permitting,of course.
Came across this beauty at the weekend heading west from the Trailhead in among the leaf litter on the left side of the track.I refer you to the article in Wikipedia for additional information.Look for it under the above or Sarcoscypha coccinea/austriaca.
Classed as a mushroom and said to be edible.A beauty to behold this time of year and worth keeping an eye out for.
Haven't yet found the name in Irish to describe same but am beavering away through various sources until I find it!
Puts me in mind of An Caipin Dearg/Little Red Cap/Cladonia macilenta and sometimes called Matchstick lichen,found among the heather on Long Hill behind the Cross above Clonmel - a heart warming sight of a winter's evening!
Can anyone enlighten me as to whether this plant is an indicator of ancient woodland?
An feidir liom ' Cupan na Sioga' a bhronnadh ar an bplanda seo idir an da linn?Can I get away with calling the Elfcup,'the fairies cup' for the present?
Lost and fuzzy like in the photo - seem to have lost the Blog page!Help!
Also the October to December pages unfortunately!Will try to resolve the issue with the technical people over the next few days.
The Green and the Blue walks are open at the Rock with the Purple closed due to flood waters.
Many trees are down but are easy to get by simply by stepping over them.Don't know what the story is as yet for today,Friday,January 3rd,2014.Hard to believe it's a new year,isn't it?
Have posted some new images on the Gallery page for January.The shots are taken with my mobile which is a Nokia C5.
PS...as above but beautiful to walk to and walk there....saw a flamboyant Cock Pheasant parading through a grassy meadow,not at all perturbed by the presence of large dog of unknown breed,nosing his way through the pasture and home.
Fad is a bhi me ann inne bhuail me le cara liom is e ar ti siulan a dheanamh i gcomhluadar a chlann.Bhiomar
ag caint as Gaeilge,dar ndoigh.
Met a friend with his family about to go on a ramble - we started conversing in Irish -
Chuireas in iul do go raibh suiomh ar an ngreasan againn agus gur b'fhiu do suil a thabhairt air -
Told him about the website and invited him to have a gander......t'was that that sowed the idea of Blogging a bit
Cad e do mheas ar sin? Let me know what you think.
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