It’s been a very interesting week, I’ve attended a few different training courses and lectures. I was going to write an in-depth account about each one but I’ll just give you the bones and if you are interested you can find out more by clicking the links.
I love finding unusual places in Ireland and this one has been on my list to pop into many times. I finally called in today and had a lovely chat with Mary – The Book Lady. Mary is the proud owner of the smallest book shop in Ireland.
The blog provides a lot of opportunities for me, sometimes it’s adventures, sometimes it’s experiences and sometimes it’s meeting special people. Today I met a very special person.
This weekend was spent celebrating St. Patrick. On Friday I went to Dublin for the parade – more about that in another post. Yesterday was spent mainly eating cake – I can’t think of a better way to celebrate anything!
As part of my Wild Atlantic Wayfarer project with LookWest and the Hawk’s Well Theatre I paid a visit to Zipit Forest Adventures in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Zipit is a forest adventure company specialising in adventurous trail courses in the treetops.
I must admit I was nervous. I’m not great with heights but part of this project is me challenging myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do and stepping out of my comfort zone. When you arrive at Zipit you get harnessed up and go as a group with an instructor to the initiation course. Hazel was our instructor and she explained everything we had to do for each different part of the course. You are always clipped on to a circuit at all times, so you are completely safe. We all had a turn of the initiation course (I have a head like a sieve so Hazel had to remind me of what I was meant to be doing). All the others in my group headed for the higher courses but I stuck to the green course (which is the easiest).
There are no photos of me – which is probably just as well! It brought back a lot of memories of my time in the Venture Scouts where I would have been climbing trees, potholing, rock climbing and abseiling. Somewhere along the way I got scared of heights…probably when I almost fell when I was caving. I did think after coasteering that my fear of heights were gone, but they aren’t.
I did manage to complete the green course, which for me is a major achievement. It wasn’t very high off the ground but it was still quite scary walking along a tightrope. I actually loved the zip wire part of it though and would love to try more of that. I’m just not great walking on moving things. I was with a group of boy scouts, they flew through the circuit and it was so funny being encouraged by an 8-year-old!
It was great to see so many families and people of all ages enjoying the various courses. The place was filled with laughter and of course Tarzan sounds! One of the courses even involves you cycling across a wooden bridge!
You can try as many of the courses as you like when you are there (depending on your age and height), so you could spend the whole day there. Lough Key is a great place too with lots of other activities going on and it’s perfect for a family day out or even for camping.
Sincere thanks to Zipit Forest Adventures for letting me come along and try out this great adventure. I had a great time! There are also courses located in Cork and Dublin – you can find out all about them here.
Today I took the train from Sligo to Boyle. I’m researching my new project which will involve different forms of transport. More about that in the coming weeks. There were a group of nuns on the train, I didn’t think anything of it until they started reciting the rosary! I mean I know they are nuns but I was a bit surprised. In between their prayers they started singing! At this point I thought I was in a re-make of the Sound of Music…either that or I thought the migraine tablets I had taken had some kind of hallucinogenic effect on me. I was just waiting for Julie Andrews or the Von Trapps to appear.
So that was my spiritual journey. Thanks Majella for the blog title 😉
I had a nice look around Boyle. There are some great charity shops there. I noticed a new coffee shop (or one I hadn’t seen before) so I decided to have lunch there. It was a fabulous Waldorf Salad (no sign of Basil Fawlty though), the service was great and the staff were really friendly so I’ll call back again. It’s called Open Table – so be sure to check it out.
So that was my day. It’s been a bit of a strange week…I’m wondering what will happen next! I’m also wondering where the nuns were going!