Friday, 29 August 2014

A house in the Burren

We arrived at our house in the Burren and couldn’t be more delighted. We have the next three days to explore and are out in the wilds of South West Ireland, near to Doolin. The weather is looking OK for today, but gales are forecast for the next few days. Could be a really wild time!

Our front garden has a stream running through it and a wild flower meadow. Both had to be explored as soon as we arrived.

The meadow is full of flowers and grasses, in particular Knapweed and Devil’s bit scabious. Paths have been mown through the middle of it, so you can walk through it and look for bugs and butterflies.

Devil's Bit Scabious
We saw several Peacock butterflies and some Small Coppers. Then we found this strange white bee, who seemed quite cross we had disturbed it.

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There’s a big hedge in the middle of the meadow, with a tunnel and trails leading into it. Inside, the trees are covered in lovely lichens and mosses and there are ferns growing everywhere. Trails lead down to the stream.

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Back at the house we found a hairy caterpillar on the wall and a spider eating an ant.

I’ve noticed this pink flower around a lot. Very pretty, but I’m not sure what it is. I’ll have to research it when I have better internet access!
We set up the trail camera overnight and got some pictures of a mouse.

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