Yesterday afternoon I went along to Dooney Rock on the shores of Lough Gill to a meeting of ‘Bards in the Woods’. I’ve been following the Facebook page and the event sounded interesting so I went to find out more.
The ethos behind Bards in the Woods is to try to get people out enjoying public forests in Ireland…I’m wondering now if I should tell you there was only one Irish person in our group!
Some people read poems, another read a story. It seemed fitting that people were reading poems in a place made famous by the poet W. B. Yeats during the big year of Yeats. I chickened out with the reading and hid behind my camera! Maybe next time.
John is the man behind Bards in the Woods. It was the first time I met him yesterday and he’s such a nice man, very friendly and welcoming. In fact everyone there was really nice, I felt very much at home.
John reminds me of a boy scout, prepared for everything. He had a BBQ where he cooked nut sausages and colcannon that he’d made. Jan had made delicious pumpkin pie. There was also soup, fish, marshmallows, muffins and tea. It was a real feast!
This was the last Bards in the Wood event for the year but they will start-up again in March and everyone is welcome. It really is a lovely,peaceful, relaxing way to spend an afternoon. You can find out more about them here including details of countrywide events. They are also on Facebook.
The rest of my photos are here.