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Bleck Cra
2011-06-29 20:08:42
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On the red poppy, next year’s precious seeds. Pale blossom from wild rhododendron decays beneath drunken wasps. Meadowsweet carpets the verge and horse chestnut creaks under the sudden strain. As we still blah on about Queen Betty’s blouse, Barack’s barricaded limo and the meaning of austerity in ancient (that is to say, it is “history”) Greece, another year flies past with the speed and aimlessness of a dissident republican’s bullet – and we stand transfixed like fence posts and with just about as much wit.
Sunday’s uncompromisingly contrary weather sent me scuttling off a perishing Slieve Donard into the arms of the hottest day in months – and I found myself drawn irresistibly into the peculiar emptiness that is Tullybrannigan. A careful contour around Slievenamaddy dissecting the killing fields of a million spruce and amongst their boney stumps, stands of foxglove, purple and tenacious white, a red squirrel the size of a fox and ejection out on to Slievenabrock. None of this would in any way be challenging other than neither man nor goat has marked any kind of serious track here – for miles. From Slievenabrock, the dunes that are Dundrum Bay seemed to climb up and clockwise like a giant roller coaster and white horses charged the shore. Slieve Croob, from other perspectives, unimposing – from here, master of the horizon. At moments, shamrock wall-to-wall – at others, bullrushes seven feet high; a red kite, the musk smell of fallow deer and not the whisper of a human soul for six clean hours. There will be some of us recounting our visit to Chamonix this year – sniff; others our second visit – sniff, sniff. Please deny me the detail of this search for Shangris La and Mobies Dick and leave me to oul Ireland – the most beautiful place on earth.
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