I've been participating in an A to Z Challenge for the month of April - check out some of the other participants from all over the world.
The West of Ireland is littered with stones - left over from the Ice Age. It's part of what forms the remarkable landscape of the Burren, Connemara, Donegal and Kerry.
In the old days when someone needed to farm the land or graze cattle or sheep on it, they put a lot of muscle into clearing the field in question… and the results are beautiful walls all over the countryside.. I love these walls - makes me think of lace.
In Jim Sheridan's film of John B. Keane's play 'The Field', the main character , the Bull McCabe, pays dearly for his obsession with one field.
Walls make good neighbours; they're there to keep us in and keep trouble out. They divide nations and we build them around our hearts. But sometimes they're nothing more than a wall!
Here are some Connemara walls from my recent visit over to the West ...
|There's dozens of lanes and no traffic - I went up this one to get a picture, |
and naturally the only tractor on the road also had to come up it ….
and I ended up in a shuck! - that's a boggy ditch by the way!
|And some inhabitants behind the walls|
|This wee chap looked like he was only a couple of days old.|