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'.
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