Rocket-dog is a winner

Rocket

I entered a competition on the Homeland Facebook page for Royal Canin dog food. It was a pet photo competition so I entered a photo of Rocket-dog and luckily he won! As he is a rescue dog he decided to donate his prize to Sligo Animal Rescue so we went along today to give the prize to Dorothy from the rescue.

Homeland

Rocket was very excited when he arrived to the Homeland store in Sligo. I was a bit worried about how he would be considering he was eating curry chips last night and licked a menopause tablet!! He was grand though…and he didn’t even ‘water’ anything in the store.

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He loved looking at the other animals especially the birds, luckily he couldn’t get too near them.

He had such an exciting day and was given a chew which has kept him occupied for the rest of the day in between sleeping.

Tired Rocket

Thanks to Homeland for picking Rocket-dog as a winner. Sligo Animal Rescue need as much help as they can get so if you would like to donate you can do so here.

There is also a table quiz taking place on Friday March 6th 9.30pm at the Pier Head Hotel, Mullaghmore €20 per table and lots of spot prizes to be won.

Day trip to Longford

Longford

I heard an advert for Iceland in Longford on iRadio a couple of weeks ago. How did I never hear there was an Iceland in Longford?? It’s about an hours drive from here so Lucy and I headed over there today.  Iceland, for those who don’t know, is a freezer food shop.

Longford

Lucy was looking forward to going to Tally-weijl….it’s closed on a Sunday! The Penneys was very small and most of the shops in the town were closed. So we weren’t having a very good day.

Coffee and cake

We decided to drown our sorrows in coffee and cake while we googled shops. We found out that google lies! It told us there was a New Look in Longford…Karie on Twitter told us that there isn’t one, it’s actually in Mullingar. At one point I was so fed up of Longford I almost went to Athlone! I’ll never complain about the shops in Sligo again!

Iceland

We drove out of the town centre and down to Iceland. We found a fantastic store in the retail park called Mr. Price. I’d never heard of it before but it was brilliant, some great bargains to be had there. It’s a bargain shop with a difference, they had Body Shop shower gel, Marks and Spencer products and American Pop Tarts €1.49! So Mr. Price and Iceland saved the day and we did end up doing some shopping.

Gaelic Chieftain

We were going to stop off at Carrick-on-Shannon on the way home but it was lashing rain so we carried on home, apart from a quick stop off at the Gaelic Chieftain.

Sweet Charity

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Last night we went to see Sweet Charity performed by the Sligo Musical Society at the Hawk’s Well Theatre. It was a very good show, with a great cast and brilliant songs.

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I especially liked ‘Rhythm of Life’. It was fantasic….well done Dave Flynn and cast!

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It was quite a long show though at almost 3 hours including the break…my bum was starting to go slightly numb. We were in the second row so almost on top of the orchestra which was grand apart from two of the musicians erasing marks they’d made on the sheet music during the show, it was a bit distracting. I’ll remember next time to sit further back.

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I do love going to the theatre though, it feels like a ‘proper’ night out. I’m getting quite into musical theatre too. If I lived in Sligo town I’d try to join one of the companies for the craic ;) The rest of my photos are here.

Back to Exploring

Celtic Trinity Knot

It’s been a while since I’ve been out and about exploring. Today I got a chance to go wandering. Be warned this is a long post.  The photo above is a Celtic Trinity Knot tree design: planted mid ’80s by the McCabe Family. They planted that whole hill (known as ‘Tormór’) in the mid-eighties, and planted the design in the centre (Celtic Trinity Knot) with Japanese Larch on Sitka Spruce. They plotted the hill using white plastic bags, ground pegs and a two-way radio to give instructions from the opposite layby on the N16. The Glencar area is divided between Co. Sligo & Co. Leitrim, this design & surrounding property is in Co. Sligo. It was privately funded/planted for the enjoyment of all & the Celtic design comes out best in autumn when the Japanese Larch change colour. source: A.MacCabe, Glencar, Co.SligoGlencarI had a quick look around the Glencar Waterfall area until it started raining but I did get these photos…not the best but I’ll go back in better weather.

Glencar Lake

I found the frog in the toilet at Glencar (well not in the toilet itself but on the floor). I wasn’t sure if I should put it in the water or near the water so I phoned Nature Learn who told me it had probably just come out of hibernation and it was best to leave it near the water. The frog started hopping as soon as I put it down so hopefully it’s happy enough now and out of harms way.

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After my little stop at Glencar I drove a short way along to the road to the new (ish) Sligo Walk.

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This is Sruth in Aghaidh An Aird – The Devils Chimney. It’s apparently Ireland’s tallest waterfall at 150m. The waterfall doesn’t flow during dry weather but as it had rained a lot last night I knew it would be flowing today. Luckily you can see the waterfall from the road – so if you can’t see it it’s not flowing.

Donkeys

As I started walking up towards the waterfall I met the lady who owns the house there. She was telling me about her beautiful donkeys, two of them came over to say hello :)

Glencar Lake

It’s about a 1.2km walk up towards the waterfall (you don’t actually get right to the top). It’s well-marked and there’s a gravel path. There are a few places to stop along the way – which is handy because it’s fairly steep in places. Oh and remember to bring water with you, I left mine in the car. At a few points I was wishing there was a stannah stairlift and an oxygen mask ;)

Waterfall

Thankfully it only takes about 20/30 minutes to walk up there so my heavy breathing was short-lived.

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The views are well worth it though. I’ve read that when it’s very windy the water blows upwards so I’ll have to go back again to see that. You can find out more about this walk and others on the Sligo Walks website.

Robin