|The bridge of Paris - the centre of the island and as built up it got!|
|Cape Clear Island|
|Fastnet in the distance|
We were lucky as there was hardly any wind while we were there, so the sea was as flat as a mill pond. (Not sure it's always like that!)
|Down by the bridge of Paris|
|An island across the bay with some windswept trees and a derelict house - |
apparently the island is for sale for 1 million euros
|You can see the pink tower of Kilcoe Castle (owned by Jeremy Irons) between |
the masts of the white boat
Traditionally it was a fishing community and you can still watch the fishermen from the island go out to check their lobster and crab pots each day.
|Rusty anchors left up against a wall - they looked like talons reaching |
out of the undergrowth
We really enjoyed the peace and quiet and the chance to ramble around and explore the island. The kids swam (in wetsuits, it wasn't that warm!), explored rock pools and scoured the beaches at low tide for shells.
|Going for a swim|
|It was a bit chilly|
|Low tide treasures|
It was a sea cucumber that was about 25cm long and looked like a black slimy lump of sausage shaped jelly. When she put it in the water it obviously had short tentacles and it had sucker feet that held on to her and a bright orange underside.
Sea cucumbers are related to starfish and sea urchins and apparently you can eat them, but we weren't tempted and made sure it went safely back to the sea!
|It was quite a find - she was very pleased with it!|
|The 'cotton' can be seen hanging down from the crab|
|Heather and gorse|
|Western eyebright - much chunkier than the Chiltern eyebright we get at home|
|Lousewort - very pretty|
There were lots of bees up there and we saw a few butterflies and moths.
|One of the bees - not very happy about having a camera in its face!|
|The cormorants looked like pterodactyls lined up on the rocks out at sea|
|Big black and grey hooded crows picked through the mud |
and sat on the telephone poles.
|Lovely little wagtails|
The stone walls were full of beautiful ferns and mosses.
Our evening entertainment was crabbing off the small pier next to the bridge. The crabs can't resist a piece of bacon on a line and hang on tight once they've got it.
|Sometimes you can get a lot of crabs on the bacon.|
|We always put them back in the sea, but they occasionally |
get their own back!