Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Lively Wind!

Today, my footsteps took me close to Achill on the Greenway, near Polranny and West Tonragee.
A lively wind from the south-east was having a good tug at me but I was well insuated in my anorak and thinsulate hat and boots. Cloud was boiling over the summit of Polranny hill but away from that the sun was shining and ditch-water was glinting in the turf-bogs as I struck out east on the long track that is the Great Western Greenway.
It was quiet, only myself about save for an elderly man stacking turf and a fellow walker I know that was going in the opposite direction. We made brief mention of the white and red fishing smack (or was it a trawler)that had made its way against the wind through Blacksod bay and come to rest. We imagined he must be phoning the council to open the swing bridge at Achill Sound to allow him onward passage.
The hills over Blacksod bay around Ballycroy were evident and looked for all the world like surfacing whales, their great backs dark and mysterious.
I stopped a while rgarding the steep flanks of Polranny hill and the beautiful colours in the landscape, the russet rannoch and golden moor grass and the mist spilling down slopes where pale cottages huddled beneath.
Then it was back to the car and a quick warm-up with the heater on before lunch back at the cottage. A short excursion of a couple of miles at most but i love the way the Greenway allows us to dip in and out like this suiting the walk to our mood and the day and our time allowance.

Happy Rambling until the next time,

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