December 8th, the traditional run-in day to Christmas, is here.
In the Blackstairs it is windy and wild. Rooks are tumbling about in the leaden sky and my almost pet Robin is singing his lovely little wintry song outside my window. He’s looking for a small shred of cheddar which he usually gets in the morning. He doesn’t want me to write this blog!
The hens are off the lay and look a bit straggly . But up to this week they, have been laying magnificently so they deserve a little rest and some nice rations to keep them strong over these darkish days.
At Blackstairs Eco Trails we are planning a New Year’s Day walk. Over the hills and far away through the Blackstairs, to see in 2012. Walking and enjoying the wind in our faces ,walking off Christmas and feeling good about a two hour tramp in the hills ( but low ones) and then back to mulled wine and a good old fashioned Afternoon Tea.
On our New Year’s Day walk we hope to see Buzzards and Blue Tits, Rooks and Ravens . We will look at the beautiful topography of the Blackstairs. Perhaps we will see some fungi, interesting mosses and lichens and whatever else might surprise us on our way. We might even see some deer or maybe a fox slinking through the fields. These are hungry days so expect the unexpected!
Our walk is suitable for families and I promise you, very , very, very low hills but big views, great fun and back to a lovely tea.
Here’s the deal!
Meet at Killedmond – see www.blackstairsecotrails.ie for directions -at 12 noon for hearty refreshments then off to the Blackstairs for a two hour tramp and back to a delicious afternoon tea.
Price. €35 per person. OAPS €25 per person. Children up to 12 free. Groups of ten or more will also be discounted to €25 per person.
Booking is essential and closing date for booking our walk is, December 23rd
Put your best foot forward on the very first day of 2012 and Let’s go Walking.