At the top of the mountain is Queen Maeve’s Cairn. Legend has it that you should take a stone up the mountain with you to leave for Queen Maeve, it’s meant to bring good luck. It’s also said it’s bad luck to climb up the cairn itself but these people obviously didn’t hear that.
It’s a day off the A to Z blogging challenge today so just a couple of things I have to tell you. I probably mentioned already that the photo above came 4th in the Irish Met Society competition of 2012. Well I got the prize during the week, it’s a really cool Galileo Thermometer. I’ve always wanted one of those so I’m delighted.
The other thing I have to tell you is how much money was raised from the Sligo animal charities jumble sale. The sale was very well supported, by donations, volunteers and customers, and the end result was that we raised 1943 euro! This has been divided between the three charities (Sligo Animal Rescue, Kath’s Kitty Corner and the Sathya Sai Sanctuary), and 100 each has also been given to Little Wings bird sanctuary in Banada, and Maureen Scanlon’s independent dog and cat rescue efforts in Gurteen. Thanks so much to everyone who helped and to Diane and Steve for organising it.
Yesterday we went to visit Shells Little Shop in Strandhill, they’ve opened it right next-door to their wonderful cafe. It’s a great little place, Lucy said it’s like a mini Urban Outfitters. There are all kinds of cool and quirky gift ideas as well as some wonderful food. What more could you want? Best of luck to them, I hope it does really well.
There was no art class yesterday so I had a rare day of nothing to do. I decided to go off exploring. First I walked up Knocknarea which is a mountain near Strandhill in Sligo. It was a very misty morning but it added to the atmosphere.
After the mountain walk I headed to Strandhill where the weather looked completely different even though it’s only five minutes down the road! I was quite cold so what could be nicer than a visit to Voya for a seaweed bath.
After the bath I decided to head off exploring again. I’d always wanted to go to Killaspubrone Church. It’s rumoured that St. Patrick visited here…so if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me
It was so peaceful walking around the church. I would have spent longer but my stomach started rumbling so it was time to head to Shells Cafe. To get to and from the church you have to walk across the end of the Sligo Airport runway. Although there aren’t many flights leaving from there now I timed it just right to get the shot above. This is Usher Aviation Flight Academy they teach people how to fly…how cool would that be!
So that was my perfect day Hopefully I’ll be able to do it all again soon. The rest of the photos are here.
Today was a lovely mild day in Sligo. It really doesn’t feel like January at all! Long may it last. We headed to Strandhill for a walk, a few other people had the same idea.
It was great to see Brent Geese flying along, they didn’t seem bothered by the surfers or the people.
Above is looking towards Rosses Point. You might just be able to see the lighthouse on the left of the photo.
I was fascinated watching the surfers. I was wondering if it could be a new challenge for me…..but I’m scared of the waves….and the wetsuit…so I’ll think about it
After the fresh air we’d worked up an appetite so we headed into Shells for lunch. It was lovely. We think it was the nicest fish and chips we’ve ever had
The BLT was fab too. There’s a great atmosphere in Shells and the food is fantastic. So that was today in Sligo, I wonder what tomorrow will bring
Thursday evening saw the launch of ‘The Surf Cafe Cook Book’. It is a beautiful book by Jane and Myles Lamberth (with Shannon Denny). Jane and Myles are the proprietors of the wonderful Shells Seaside Bakery and Cafe.
Shells is a wonderful cafe in the heart of Strandhill. I’ve had many a breakfast in there after a long leisurely stroll along the beach. I don’t do surfing…..yet
The book is brilliant. There are some fantastic recipes in it which I can’t wait to try and if they turn out half as good as the meals I’ve had in Shells I’m on to a winner. The book is so much more than just a cook book though. It features tips about cooking, hints about the type of foods to buy, suggestions about shopping including a great section about the Beltra farmers market. They even tell you about foraging for food…it’s amazing to think there are all kinds of goodies under our noses if you know what to look for.
There’s also helpful information for visitors to Sligo such as great walks, where to stay, restaurants, pubs and of course surfing. The book is packed with some stunning photography too. It has something for everyone. Jane and Myles come across in the book exactly as they are in real life, warm, friendly and passionate about what they do.
I wish them the very best of luck with the book. You can buy it online here.
While I’m blogging about Strandhill I must show you this wonderful video all about the place. If you are looking for fun, relaxation, adventure and more Strandhill has it all.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45696855″>Go Strandhill – Welcome to our little secret…</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/gostrandhill”>GoStrandhill</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Today in Sligo was the ‘Warrior of the Sea’ 6KM open water swim. It was from Rosses Point to Strandhill. It was a fairly cold day and the sea was certainly choppy but it didn’t deter the 130 brave souls who took to the water.
Well done to all involved. The rest of my photos are here.
Today was a very changeable day weather wise in Sligo. The typical four seasons in one day. Regular readers to my blog will know I’m not much of a shopper so traipsing around the shops isn’t my idea of fun. So what else is there to do in Sligo? Loads actually including a trip to the Sligo Golf Academy in Ransboro, Strandhill.
Lucy and I headed there today to try our hand at archery. Tommy was there to meet us and set us up with the bows, arrows and targets. He also gave us some good tips although to be quite honest with me it’s more luck than judgement.
It’s a really lovely place set in beautiful countryside surrounded by sheep and lambs. I was quite concerned that one of my arrows might stray and hit one of them but thankfully it didn’t (I’m not that good a shot anyway )
Lucy is a bit of a natural (unlike me) and most of her arrows hit the target (again unlike me….my arrows were all over the place!) The great thing about both the golf and the archery is that you are actually under cover so even though there was a heavy shower when we were there we stayed dry….a real bonus in Ireland.
As well as the activities there is also a lovely coffee shop with comfortable sofas. So even if the rest of the family want to try their hand at golf and archery you can sit in comfort and watch. It really is a great bonus to Sligo and we’ll certainly be back again.
On Tuesday I was on my way into town when Lucy got a call to say her training centre was shut. As the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day we decided to head to the beach. Strandhill is just out of Sligo town and although it’s not safe to swim in the sea there it’s lovely to sit on the sand and watch the surfers.
Sorry for all the photos….I got a bit carried away! They aren’t the best quality because they are from the phone.