buYesterday,Monday the 30th being a fine day put on my boots to meet the Bus Eireann bus opposite Larry O Keefe's for 10.00.However as Robbie Burns reminds us 'the best laid plans of mice and men, gang aft agley' and so they did for between callers,passers-by stopping and chatting I was lucky to meet the bus for Carrick before eleven!The day was young yet.Alighted at the town stop in Carrick for a change, crossed the road and made my way down towards the town centre and the left turn that would take me to the Tudor Manor House for a peek at developments there.Major works have been carried out over the past year and a bit by the OPW - reproofing the entire house and lime-mortaring the exterior.The photo says it all.Will reopen later in the summer.
The header photo, courtesy of Wild Journeys is that of the Painted Lady Butterfly - ,An Aillean,truly the beautiful one!
I was a couple of clicks upstream of the town when the first one caught my eye flitting from tarmac to golden rape seed flower and back to tarmac almost without a pause.Managed to snap a photo from a distance which I show below.
A large butterfly, by Irish standards 5 to 9 cms across as well as being a migrant from Morocco arriving here in Ireland early summer.
The migration ic considered by some the most spectacular of all the butterflies that travel here each year.They leave the desert fringes of Morocco early summer, travel through mainland Europe across the Irish sea to us here in Ireland.In the process they can cover up to 2,000 kms in a month.They do this to escape the intense summer heat the desert.
Keep an eye out for them as you walk and take time to stop and stare and be amazed and say 'Failte'.
Sunday before midday, fine along the Marlfield Road,scores of cars scudding along, not a soul walking which was unusual on this road in my experience.Birdsong rising above the motors and then a car passed and then reversed.Brendan and Kathleen on their way to the Rock...shared a few words, declined their generous offer of a lift...we agreed we'd meet up at the Rock.
A wonderful scene these days at Lady Blessington's Weir or Bath at the Old Bridge,Clonmel as young people and some very young are put through their paces after coaching in the delightful art of messing around in boats, here Kayaking.
The WBC Clubhouse at 19 Irishtown has increasingly come to be the jumping off stage for canoeists, paddlers and kayakers of all ages, beginners to earning your coaching spurs.
The Club held it's AGM on Tuesday night, the 134th of it's kind since the setting up of the organisation back in 1883.A new Committee was elected.Will give details in a later blog.
People wishing to join the club can meet members or one of the committee any Tuesday evening from 19.30 at the Clubhouse,Irishtown.Membership costs 50 euro for a family or individual, thirty thereafter annually.Membership entitles you to a key to the Clubhouse and the Oar Room.
See you on the river.
River etiquette requires you to go upriver with the Green on you right.On return with the Clubhouse on your right.
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