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Bleck Cra
2005-05-29 20:03:18
"Et Voila" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
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Plain Pretty
There is a swathe of County Down, frame of granite, sand and glacial alluvium, covered gossamer-light by a patchwork counterpane of sensual experiences of unnerving proportions. At its head, it is tucked into the soaring horseshoe wall of mountains from Binnian to Rocky; at its foot, into a sometime soft-breath reverie, sometime roaring nightmare of the Irish Sea. It is a true machair and it is so pretty, it makes your heart ache. It completely out-chocolates chocolate-box and reduces “picture-postcard” to paper and ink. At the Carrick Little track, it strafes stone walls and knowes with paintball yellows of whin and in Autumn blood-reds and greens of ripe rowan. At the Dunnywater it sprouts armsful of red and pink fuschia. From corners and bankings haughty hydrangeas hang heavy with electric blue blossom. And a symphony fills the senses with counterpoints of blazing colour, sound and smell. A series of switch-straight lanes bind bees and gnats, songbirds and sparrowhawks from the Carricks and Silent Valley to the sea and at every step, another hearth and honeysuckle home, herded by heaven-scented yellow roses, fiery crocosmia and manicured fairyland lawns. There is heaven on earth and just a little bit of it comes our way every day of every year here at the foot of Mother Mournes. In mid-summer when you descend by Annalong through this tableau, ‘round a stone corner you will look up and have to catch your breath - and you will remember airless cars taking you home from a favourite Aunt’s or packing up the picnic pieces in a setting sun or the empty silence after a Birthday party and plead “ Mum Mum just one more minute….” One way to catch this show is exit the Annalong Valley at the wall off Binnian - et voila.
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Reflections
mcrtchly 19 hours ago.
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Mullagh More and Sliabh Rua
Aidy 2 days ago.
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Benbaun via Knockpasheemore
Aidy 2 days ago.
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Slieve Beg: Stared down the Devil's Coachroad and decided he can have it
PinkyFloyd 2 days ago.
I know that people scramble up the Devil's Coachroad though the mechanics of actually getting up the top part elude me. Braver men than I! Standing on top of Beg, looking down the massive gulley i...

  
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Cove Mountain: Return to Cove!
PinkyFloyd 2 days ago.
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Great reward for little effort!
PinkyFloyd 2 days ago.
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Muck to Meelmore Loop
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
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Cush: rest test rest
simon3 2 days ago.
test test test

  
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Pic de Lustou
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
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Cush: rest test rest
simon3 2 days ago.
test test test test

  
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Upper Glencoaghan Valley's swollen streams pose potential hazard
Bunsen7 a week ago.
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Truskmore SE Cairn: Letrim - County high point - Done with my Grandad
ShaunDunne 3 days ago.
While climbing Truskmore my Grandad and I walked over and bagged our Second County high point of the day. Was very windy and wet up there today.


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