Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Over The Hills And Faraway.

Sheeps Head Way January 2022.
 
A stone dragons nest?
Bantry Bay in the distance.
Boreen going over the hills down to the bay.
A meandering boreen with no cars.
The Ice Age must have been fun when these hills were formed.  

I walked up on the hills yesterday near where we have lived for more than twenty years.  I didn't see a soul.  Just sheep and an odd car far away in the distance.

It's been a few months since I had done my hill walking and my heart was going like a kettle drum.  I've still done plenty of walking recently but mainly on the flat and along the roads.  I call it my mountain gymnasium.

I didn't have my headphones with me yesterday's, just my bottle of water and my 'trusty' hiking stick.  Yet again it stopped me when I slipped descending the hills and slipping in the saturated tracks of the Sheepshead Way.

However my mental jukebox began to play in my head.  Good old Gary Moore (RIP) ex Thin Lizzy and who I saw at the Garden Party at Milton Keynes Bowl way back in the 1986.  Seems like a life time away. What a day that was with Mamas Boys, Magnum, Gary Moore and his band, Jethro Tull  and Marillion with Fish headlined the music festival and the sun shone like it did every day when you and I was young.



It was a good walk and blew the cobwebs away.  




16 comments:

  1. You've got ancient ruins too! Beautiful empty landscape. You must be feeling satisfied after that walk. You're fit and healthy!

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  2. Ireland is such a beautiful country Linda and very unpopulated in the countryside especially. I don't know about being fit and healthy. But I force myself to walk somewhere. Thanks.

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  3. Mental jukeboxes are the best kind. I've always got something on. So long as god keeps putting the money in.

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  4. Aren't they just Tasker. I first heard of the phrase when I read 'Ghost Rider' by Rush drummer Neil Peart (RIP). After losing his daughter in a car crash he sets off on a motorbike journey on his grief 'healing road's covering thousands of miles and very often his favourite records begin to play on his 'mental jukebox. I get similar favourite Rock songs playing in my head when I'm out walking the Irish countryside and beaches and boreens.

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  5. Sounds like a great walk Dave up in the hills. I always have my mental jukebox in my head too and sometimes I come home and listen to them on Youtube.

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  6. Heaven on Earth Rachel. An hours walking and all my negative thoughts have gone. You are like me with the mental tunes and having to go on You Tube. Hope you enjoyed your London trip.

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  7. Gary Moore and the mountains - what a combo! I don't think I've ever walked with music - perhaps I should try it sometime.

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    1. Music piped through the headphones via my mobile phone is a great accompaniment Mark especially when walking up hills. I think audio books would be good too.

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  8. The Stone Dragons? Didn't they come from Holmfirth? I think they were named after that woman who inhabited the lusty daydreams of your youth - Nora Batty!

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  9. Not sure YP. I remember the Soup Dragons. I think Nora was a Lancashire lass in real life. She took no messing did she? I still watch Last Of The Summer Wine. I have been to Holmfirth, wonderful scenery and dry stone walls.

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    1. Do all Lancashire women look like that? Yorkshire lasses are very attractive and skilled at making toad in the hole.

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  10. Some do and some don't. How about a pint of Newton and Ridley and some of Betty's "lovely" hotpot.

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  11. Next time I'm in Weatherfield I will pay for the ale and grub.

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  12. Beautiful blog. Happy new year 🎉

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  13. Thank you Rajani Rehana. Happy new year.

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