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Bleck Cra
2010-08-23 16:39:10
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The gites are shutting up shop again and the beautiful people are back on the hill. Honed, comfortable men, pretty honey-glazed women and perfect golden blond children; grizzled dentists and lawyers returning from endless golf and Calvados. Ageing mothers and daughters, sea-bleached hair back a la Bardot. Sleek, sated ravens ride the ether, beneath them their world shifting from warm green to burnt yellow. The light shortens; the shadows lengthen; and we prepare our descent from the high spots of another wonderful year. We won’t go quite yet of course but we know that one day soon we shall have to – truculent, irascible, recalcitrant. Just one more minute Mum. Just one more minute.
Clearing the wood above the Glen River, something shot out from under my feet; part bat, part human: a little wee old man the weight of a bantam chicken and legs to match. Like a character off the pages of Appletree’s Field Guide to Irish Fairies, with a crumpled face under a crumpled straw hat, a cota hanging side saddle and in my head perhaps suspenders on his socks. Like some bug rattled out from under a stone, it scuttled up the Glen River at a mesmerising pace, pulling away from me at the head of the river to dump me on The Saddle, by this time half way up Donard.
Rebuked and mellow this would be a good day to retrace the route of seventeen scavengers and return the magic safely to the bottle.
Meelmore with its incomparable views of the Eastern Mournes and South across Doan to Howth; Meelbeg, its dull ascent and Panavision vistas; a cool grey cast kissing their crystal crags. And above me on the broken tooth tor of mighty Bearnagh, I thought I heard the sound of children; children laughing.
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