Sunday 17 June 2012: Cumulus cumuli
Two amazing days in a row!! This morning the clouds were incredible - huge great fat things looming spectacularly all over the place. This was the view as I drove to get the papers this morning.
We abandoned everything and headed for the mountains. We walked from Boulteenagh to Glenlough - a much further route than we remembered -as himself remarked, somone had dropped in an extra mountain. This walk takes you along the spine of the Sheepshead so you have fantastic views in every direction. It was warmer and less bracing than yesterday though the going was fairly soft (bogs) and tough (scrambling). We passed a tiny ruined farm complete with windswept hawthorns (blip choice#2), some booleys (shelters for the women and children who were sent up into the mountain with the cattle in the summer), a man and his ferocious dog herding some sheep; and a huge reed filled lough with a dark history. Larks were exulting all over the place as was the odd chough. The wildflowers were abundant and quite different from below - bog cotton, bog asphodel, butterwort and a huge amount of sundews - usually very rare but they were everywhere.
Happy father's day - one son has touched base, one still to phone home.
PS I did make it to see the plays in Schull last night - ten ten minute plays written, directed and performed by local people. An impressive feat - some excellent, most good, a couple dodgy but an enjoyable evening.