My final blog for the A to Z blogging challenge is Z for Zoolatry. Zoolatry is the worship of animals. I really love animals and they feature a lot in my photos. Above is our lovely rescue dog Rocket-dog with his horsey friend.
U is for Undiscovered. I found Diarmuid and Grainne’s Nature Trail today. It’s out at the Benbulben Centre, Rathcormac, Sligo. It’s a gravel path through fields with numbered rocks which leads to a lovely little waterfall in a rock formation. I don’t have any information on it, so if anyone can tell me more I’d be delighted to know. It was a lovely walk with just sheep and a couple of rabbits for company. Here are some more photos from my walk.
It was a busy enough day today. I had a meeting about a project I’m going to be helping out in…more about that in the weeks to come. I take Jono swimming on a Tuesday as well so we did that. It’s part of his physio to help with his back. He finds it hard to swim not he has the metal rods either side of his spine but he runs up and down the pool…and the best bit of all he gets to relax in the jacuzzi afterwards.
Today was a really interesting and exciting day for me. Open Door Sligo – Connecting People, Place & Heritage in Sligo. They arrange for members of the public to see behind some of the most interesting buildings in Sligo. Today was the Masonic Lodge.
Now I must confess that I’ve always wondered about this building and what goes on behind the doors. In fact it always reminded me a bit like ‘Bate’s Motel’ in Psycho. So I absolutely jumped at the chance to go inside.
It is a fantastic building, I could honestly have spent the day in there. Not only did we get a tour of the building we also got a talk about the Freemasons given by Morgan McCreadie, who I have to say was both eloquent and amusing. I really had no idea about the Freemasons so it was brilliant to get an insight into the people involved.
I laughed when we were told one of their rules was only one jug of whiskey per meeting. They got over this problem by having 5 gallon jugs! The meetings run on rituals, if you are a member you have to turn up at each meeting. If you are late you have to knock three times and see if you are allowed in. They don’t allow women to become Freemasons but this dates back hundreds of years, I suppose the same with priests being men.
Their ethos is to be kind to people and do what you can for people, also to be tolerant and keep on the straight and narrow. There is the ‘all seeing eye’ and in the end you will have to answer for your actions and deeds. Little tools symbolise different things; their symbols is a builders square with a compass which arose from the loose organisation of medieval masons. The Freemasons also do a lot of fundraising for various charities, not only looking after their own members but charities outside the organisation. You can find out more about the Irish Freemasons here.
The next Sligo building to be open is Sligo Gaol which is on May 25th, sadly I’m away but will hopefully get to see it one day. The rest of my photos are here.
R is for Rosses Point. It’s a lovely seaside resort in Sligo. I could post loads of photos…but I won’t bore you. The statue above is very moving it’s called ‘Waiting on Shore’ and depicts the anguish felt by many waiting for their loved ones to return from sea.
My Q for the A to Z blogging challenge is Quiet. I had a busy day with my child having a dentist appointment and the other one a doctor’s appointment. I shouldn’t call them children but they are still my children…anyway I digress. I had twenty minutes to myself so I headed to Hazelwood, it’s a lovely place to relax and make the most of the peace and quiet.
My O for the blogging challenge is Old. I love old buildings, I’d love to know the history behind them. Sometimes there is no one left belonging to the house so it’s hard to know the story, if only walls could talk.
The two photos above are Markree Castle in Collooney. I’m hoping to go back there soon as the kids got my afternoon tea for my birthday, I’m just waiting for the weather to improve so I can wander around the gardens.
My M for the blogging challenge is Monday because today is Monday! I go to a computer course at a local college on a Monday morning, I’m enjoying it although it’s starting to get harder. Before I went to college I had a few bits of shopping to do. I went to Tesco and used the self-service checkout. I bought Lenor and Shortbread biscuits….the bloody checkout said ‘Approval needed’! So a member of staff had to come over (when she’d finished bitching on the phone). What the hell did I need approval for some fabric conditioner and a packet of biscuits for!!
Another M is memories. Have you ever smelt something that has bought back a really old memory? Whenever I smell TCP it reminds me of my Nan because she used to bathe in the stuff….probably because she never washed!! Sheild soap reminds me of my Friday night shower after It’s a Knockout. Why did we only shower once a week when I was a kid? It wasn’t like the water was on a meter back then. Another smell is baked bread, most people love the smell but it makes my stomach churn because one of my first jobs was in a bakers and I wasn’t treated very well.
The final M is ‘munchies’. Tayto bought out a bar of chocolate made with their cheese and onion crisps…..strange but true. I wanted to try it for ages but couldn’t find it anywhere. One of my friends found it about gave me some bars. I actually like it. The first bit tasted very strongly of cheese and onion but then I got used to the taste.