This Easter we had family to stay in the cottages and the sun shone and shone. We had lots of day trips: Bantry House; the English Market in Cork City; and Schull harbour. But the best day of all was spent walking the coastal road that leads to Barlogue Pier at the entrance to Lough Hyne. The road runs high up on the hill in front of our homestead and at the summit there’s a group of rocks where we stopped to admire the 360 degree view of the peninsula and enjoyed much needed refreshment – coffee and Easter eggs!
The second half of the walk is all downhill along the cliff edge overlooking the Atlantic and then down country lanes with the hedgerows full of wildflowers and orange tip butterflies. At the fork in the road at the top of Lough Hyne we decided to head down to Barlogue Pier, where we clambered over the rocks to a hidden cove. Here we spent the afternoon skimming stones on the water. I’m afraid to say we were very lazy and poor, kind David walked home to fetch the car. We returned home, tired and warm from the afternoon sun with our treasured collection of shells, stones, crab shells and wild flowers (we were careful not to pick too many) and good old Nanny de Lacey, who on the day after her 86th birthday had scaled the cliffs of West Cork!