This is a really wonderful time of year. There are so many flowers in bloom right now and the weather this year is ridiculously good. Too good, perhaps.
Among the places I found myself this week was a plantation forest in Erris, where, honestly, you could easily think you were in southern France. The ground is so dry and the brown leaves underfoot make so much noise when stood on, you’d nearly expect a snake to wander across the track at some point.
But apart from there, I was also on coastal grassland, where I took the pictures below. While I could get the photos of the still flowers, the same could not be said of the six magnificent Irish Hares I saw, or the various birds, including Wheatear, Ringed Plover, Fulmar, Cormorant, Great Black Backed Gull, Skylark, Twite, etc.
Delighted to hear of the tours of Erris and in particular of Sheskin. I actually lived in this village, leaving it on May 1961. Our two bedroom cottage was the last house in the village and very little of it is left now. It was a beautiful place to live in summer time, but in winter it was dark, wet and lonely. The sand road was impassable because of the waterlogged bog flooding across it in winter. We left it because of its inacessability by any motorised transport.
Fabulous memories, John. Where do you live now and do you ever get to visit the old place ? Thanks for getting in touch, Barry.