Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday 27th July have work to do!!!

Before you read about my musings for today you need to Goggle You tube and listen to celtic Thunder's rendition of "Ireland's Call:    to get you in the mood!!!

Had a wonderful cooked breafast Joanne has been really good to me on my short stay thanks!!

I was at the causeway by 9.00 am with the intention of beating the crowds and it worked..enjoy the below.....

Finn MacCool and the Giant's Causeway

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Ulster is the most Northern of Ireland’s ancient kingdoms. Its landscape is fabulously beautiful – it has towering cliffs and rocky hills, winding rivers and scooped-out lakes that look like they could have been made by the hands of slightly crazy giants.

There are many stone tombs here, five thousand years old, made of enormous boulders that could not possibly be lifted by one man, or even a whole family of ordinary men. For many years the local people have named them “Giant’s Graves”

Stories are told of one great Irish Giant, Finn MacCool, whose most fearsome enemies were the Scottish giants. Finn was so angry, and determined to get at them, that he built a whole causeway from Ulster across the sea to Scotland. He built it of unusual six-sided cobblestones, so they would fit neatly together like a honeycomb, and they made a very pretty pavement indeed!

One day he shouted a challenge to the Scottish giant Benandonner, The Red Man, to cross the causeway and fight him. But as soon as he saw the Scot getting closer and closer on the causeway, he realised Benandonner was much, much bigger than he had imagined! Finn skidaddled back home to the Fort-of-Allen in County Kildare, and told his wife he’d picked a fight but had thought better of it now.

Finn heard the stamping feet of Benandonner from Kilcock, and when those feet got to Robertstown, Finn had to stuff five pounds of moss into each ear. Red Man’s spear was as tall and thick as a Round-Tower, and he used it to knock on the door of the Fort-of-Allen. Finn would not answer the door, so his wife shoved him in the great bath with a couple of sheets over him.

Finn’s wife, Oonagh, thought quickly. She opened the door to Benandonner saying,
“Sure it’s a pity but Finn is away hunting deer in County Kerry. Would you like to come in anyway and wait? I’ll show you into the Great Hall to sit down after your journey.”
Oonagh invited Red Man to look around the room, and showed him what she said were some of Finn’s possessions.

“Would you like to put your spear down? Just there next to Finn’s” - It was a huge fir tree with a pointed stone at the top.
“Over there is Finn’s shield.” - It was a block of building-oak as big as four chariot-wheels.
“Finn’s late for his meal. Will you eat it if I cook his favourite?”

Oonagh cooked a cake of griddle-bread – baked with the iron griddle pressed inside it. Red Man bit it hungrily, and broke three front teeth. The meat was a strip of hard fat nailed to a block of red timber; two back teeth cracked. He was given a five-gallon bucket of honey-beer to drink.
“Would you like to say hello to the baby? Wait! - I’ll have to feed her first!”

Oonagh threw a loaf of bread to the huge baby in the bath-cradle and, peeping out from a huge sheet-like dress and bonnet was Finn MacCool himself, contentedly sucking his thumb. Benandonner said he wasn’t much good with babies. The honey-beer made him feel woozy, and he asked to go outside to clear his head.

Oonagh showed Red Man out, where the gardens were scattered about with boulders as tall as the giant.
“Finn and his friends play catch with these rocks. Finn practises by throwing one over the Fort, then running round to catch it before it falls.”

Of course Red Man tried, but it was so heavy he could only just lift it above his head before dropping it. The blow only ricked his neck - luckily the Scotsman’s head was very hard. But it was also full of good sense. He thanked Oonagh for her hospitality and said he would wait no longer, but return to Scotland before the tide came in.

Finn leapt from the cradle, thanked Oonagh for her shrewdness, and chased Benandonner out of Ireland. Passing Portadown, County Antrim, Finn scooped a huge clod of earth out of the ground to fling at the retreating Scot. The hole filled up with water and became the biggest Lough in Ireland – Lough Neagh! The clod he flung missed its target and landed in the middle of the Irish Sea – it became The Isle of Man!!

And both giants tore up the Giant’s Causeway, just leaving the ragged ends at the two shores! And if you go to the North coast of Ulster, or to Staffa, the nearest isle of Scotland, you may visit them today – the ends of the beautiful causeway that is, not the giants – those giants are long since in their graves!

The Giant Story

Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway’s is a 60-million-year-old story of science. O he arrives

Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

You could take a bus to the causeway or walk on the cliff tops which I did...the shot below is where I am going to hike..
and when I got there took photos looking back to the cause way

these are good zoom shots!!!

Really incredible formations hard to believe!!!

It was a great way to start the day and the sun was out most of the time....
Then went to a place Anne had recommended to me....

Get out of the way i want to read that sign!!!
I enjoyed a beach walk!!
Hey in the middle is a chocolate Oreo cow...the belted Galloway!!!

Another 30 minute drive found me here...

Had a wonderful hike around the extensive grounds...

He had everything woods, a pond, fantastic ocean views.....and then the tiny house!!!!!

The ceiling inside I am sure is called a Boveda ceiling which are very prevalent in mexico and takes a Master to build with out use of a scaffold...amazing!!

I like this quirky guy I could have worked for him!!!

Back on the back roads
Stopped in this small town and liked this the line of the famous song Danny Boy!!!!  They had a sign advertising a carvery(buffet) for 6 pounds for seniors so I went in and got one as a take out...turkey, dressing, spuds, veggies and Yorkshire pudding!!!
At 4.00 pm I arrived at my airbnb stay for the night...a little different this one it is a seperate cottage with everything..

I did a small load of laundry, had that delicious dinner, a very hot shower and now relaxing and after this planning my day for tomorrow....

Thanks for checking in!!

Yashi Kochi!!!


Life with Lynnie said...

I also enjoyed Giant's Causeway, when I was there with family. I'm happy you're enjoying your time in N. Ireland. Blessings, Lynn (fellow blogger)

mexicokid said...

thanks it is a magical country and the people are so wonderful welcome to the blog les

Peter Kouwenhoven said...

A beautiful spot. Great pictures.

Life with Lynnie said...

Les, thank you for welcoming me to your blog. I'd like you to know that I've actually read your blog for a very long time; I've read every... single... blog entry you wrote and posted. I truly enjoy it! Your fellow Canadian, Lynn

mexicokid said...

thanks Peter..and Lynn I dont recall collecting your subscription but I will waiver it for a fellow Canadian!!!! Cheers les

Carol said...

I love the flour on the floor trick!! I bet there were some blushing people who left rather hastily the next day! And I really live the spectacular columnar basalt! Thank you... :)

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