Tuesday, 18 August 2015

DOWN by the LAKE


There's a kind of silence that's deafening. And then there's that which blocks out the white noise of daily life. It's a gentle reminder that we sometimes need complete silence to reconnect with thoughts and feelings buried under the demands of adulthood.

Lough Gill is one of my favourite spots in County Sligo. There's barely anyone there apart from the occasional runner and a few tourists who stop by Tobernalt Holy Well, a very important place for reflection for the locals, which dates back to the 5th century.

















Feeling homesick while walking in Fleet Street, London in 1888, W.B. Yeats was inspired ,upon seeing a fountain in a shop window, to write a twelve-line three-quatrain poem called 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' in homage to that uninhabited island situated in the middle of Lough (Gaelic for lake) Gill where he spent childhood summers. The third and last quatrain expresses the fondness and attachment the Irish poet had for this tranquil part of town:

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
                      
– W.B. Yeats





Yes, they're uneaten carrots underwater. Not sure who left them there, or who it is for





I have featured Lough Gill several times in the blog, each on a different season, from the end of winter, to spring, and the height of summer which has a semblance of autumn in this part of the world. The lake is in the neighbourhood of the Mr's family home, and perfect for an early morning or afternoon drive. The view is magnificent and the peace and quiet are unrivalled. I might aim to run the whole stretch next time to burn my ultra-rich diet whenever I visit.



Using my HTC One, I had a photo of myself taken in the middle of the road that takes me to Lough Gill






My tour guide, driver, and chef pose against a backdrop of Lough Gill which is roughly a five-minute drive from his family home



Do you remember Hugh Grant's character in 'About A Boy'? Sometimes, I wish that my father was some kind of a one-hit wonder or that he wrote 'Happy Birthday' so I can live off its running royalties, pack my bags, and move to the country.  But unlike in the film, I'd work, but leisurely, and not to pay the bills or save for travels. I'd probably write novels as risible as 'Fifty Shades of Grey' or something as ludicrous. With all the money I have, I'll buy my own lake. The only problem I would have is how to name it.







14 comments:

  1. Haha, I remember that film--oh how lovely that would be if my father wrote a one-hit wonder. lol. If the only thing we had to worry about was naming a lake, I'd say life is grand! <3 Marvellous photos, and very peaceful looking. I'd enjoy painting and reading in the midst of all of that greenery, maybe an outfit or two as well. Take care, Madison
    The Travel Deluxe

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    1. Yes that's so true, the lake is ideal for painting. I'm sure I'll come up with some raunchy name. Hahaha.

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  2. I do think it would be wonderful to live off the royalties of something that I did! It would be nice to work casually! LOL! I love your photos of this beautiful spot. I do think it would be a lovely spot to relax and clear you mind. I can just imagine that it is perfect in all the seasons as you said you featured it!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. I haven't been to Ireland at the dead of winter. My love for it might change. Apparently.

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  3. Some beautiful scenery there, thanks for sharing it all with us!

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  4. If my running trail looks like that, I'd be running everyday. You're so lucky, you have a place like this to go whenever you need to unwind. I'd have to go to Belgium or Germany for anything like that.

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    1. I suppose I am. I can imagine you'll enjoy the run. It's a long straight road that dips and goes up. Just perfect. I can't believe there's nothing like this in the Netherlands?

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    2. We have a lot of canals but not real lakes like this one. Most of the water channels in the Netherlands are man-made and don't feel real, if you know what I mean. I like seeing ripples of water and hills in the background.

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  5. What a beautiful place, love the scenery :)) xx

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  6. Yes, I remember About a Boy; loved the movie! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. Hopefully I will get to go there once in my life.

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    1. I envied Hugh Grant's character so much, I think I hated him. Haha. You're welcome, and thank you for appreciating it :)

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  7. It's a beautiful place and in your photos the sky covered with clouds is stunning!
    The quiet landscape is perfect for a relaxing walk...I can understand why you love it!

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