I have always been drawn to water and its calming effects.
Do you ever think about where is it rushing off to in such a hurry, busily working its ways through all obstacles on its course? Creating bursts of brilliant white as it hits against the rocks then back to its translucent self, back to a calm, slow trickle.
What a lovely way to welcome in the New Year other than a walk in the countryside of beautiful Glendalough.
Skimming stones in Glendalough at the Upper Lake.jpg
Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains and has many attractions to enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower dating back to the 6th century, its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.
Glendalough has a mystique and sense of majesty about it.
I have painted Glendalough, both the Upper Lake and Lower Lake so many times and yet, I never tire doing so.
For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
We took the “blue” route which was considered to be the most difficult. Huh! no bother to me, I can easily do that, I thought! Big wooden, studded boulders led the way on into the mountain – on and on – up and up! It was relentless. Feeling like a pressure cooker about to blow a gasket and forced to stop! Gasp!
Attempting to look suitably cool, cheeks glowing, we drew in big gulps of air. New year resolutions uppermost in our minds, we vowed we would get fit, exercise more, make a new start. Gathering ourselves, we took regular stops and reassured ourselves that the mountain wasn’t going anywhere! So, in effect, we had permission to slow down and enjoy the experience.
Having reached the top, the landmass somewhat levelled out (phew!). The magnificent scenery unfolded and stole our breath away.
On top of the World
The climb continued around the mountain but seeing the car in the distance prompted a descent.
Heading down was easier – sure-footed and slow. Feeling somewhat amused at others passing us by skipping and hopping like, mountain goats!
Along the way, we hear the roar of Poulanass Waterfall. It marks a sudden drop where a hanging valley meets the main Glendalough valley.
It is thought that during the last Ice Age, a glacier flowing down this small valley was cut off when a larger glacier carved a deeper channel down the Glendalough valley. At the end of the last Ice Age, Glendalough only had one lake, where two now lie.
The day began to draw to a close and the landscape was cloaked with a dusky haze.
Short winter days, steal away the time from us and brings the day to an early close as the darkness falls.
Even though the mountains were silent and serene, the people would go home and leave this heavenly place to rest for another day.
I pondered about another whole life experience waiting to happen!
Deer, Rabbits, Foxes, Squirrels and all the other wildlife waiting on night to descend. A whole new experience would unfold in these awesome mountains – foraging and going about their way – investigating the discards of the day from the tourists.
One last visit to the Upper Lake – it’s time for home
“Good Evening and thank you for a lovely day Glendalough”
A big thank you to all my friends and supporters and may the magic of Christmas be yours throughout the year.
The light of the Christmas star to you The warmth of a home and hearth to you The cheer and good will of friends to you The hope of a childlike heart to you The joy of a thousand angels to you The love of the Son and God’s peace to you
A short while ago, I had the absolute delight to catch the Regatta in the very charming village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. Since then, I have gone mad painting Galway Hooker fishing boats because they are so majestic, beautiful and strong.
Roundstone is on the west coast of Connemara an area of outstanding natural beauty and inspiration for many artists with hills, valleys and beautiful coastlines.
The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails.
There are so many interesting places to visit in Connemara, for example:
The rugged, glacially sculpted backdrop to Roundstone is the majestic mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet. No visit to Connemara is ever complete without a visit to the harbour village of Roundstone. It is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful ice-age scoured and lake-strewn Roundstone Bog. South of the village the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay and their intervening tombolo draw thousands each summer.
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