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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 10:11 am
Writer's Block: Nirvana

What is your favorite place in the world? What makes it so meaningful to you? How often do you visit or imagine being there?


The Poulawack Cairn.

Poulawack Cairn

Why yes it IS a pile of rocks, why do you ask?

Ok it's more than just a pile of rocks. It's an ancient burial cairn located on the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland. It dates back to c. 3400 BC and when they excavated it in 1935 they found 16 people buried inside it. From what I've read (and I've read the original paper on the excavation; yes I really love this place!), the burials happened over a very long period of time (the first c.3400 BC; others c.1900 BC), which indicated it was a place of great importance. I've been there twice and both times it was just magical. It's not easy to get to. You have to climb up a hill of very uneven limestone rocks and then walk another several hundred feet over the uneven limestones (and over a limestone rock wall) to get out there. Because of this almost NO ONE goes there. Both times we saw just another person or two and the second time we were at the Cairn and the area around it for over 2 hours and no one else showed up.

From the Cairn, you can't see civilization. No houses, no roads, nothing. It's a neat feeling and almost brings you back to when the Cairn was in use. The place is truly magical.

The trail to the Cairn from the rock wall. We've already walked some distance at this time!
The walkway to the cairn

Heading to the Poulawack Cairn


Emily, Brandon, and David on the Cairn.
Poulawack Cairn


Me sitting on the Cairn.
Me at the Poulawack Cairn

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raynedanser
raynedanser
She That Dances in the Rain
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)

This is just amazing. I love that sort of thing anyway and wow. Gorgeous shots and beautiful history. Also, I added you as a contact at Flickr. ;-)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)

Ah ha! That was you. I was wondering who added me and I was just going over to the photostream to figure it out. lol It wouldn't have taken long though since I recognized the photos! I'm adding you back.


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raynedanser
raynedanser
She That Dances in the Rain
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)

heee! Yep, that was me. Flickr is sort of like my second home. ;-)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)

Mine too! Well, flickr and facebook. But I spend a lot of time on flickr. Which is pretty obvious as I have nearly 8000 photos up there. I should be ashamed to admit how many are of Dahlia.


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raynedanser
raynedanser
She That Dances in the Rain
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)

LOL! I know the feeling well. I think my other home is Ravelry, which is why there's so many crafty pics up, too. :D

I have a TON of my Four Foots, no shame needed. I understand totally. :D


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)

I wish I had a bunch of them...*sigh* Our landlord will only allow one dog. We could probably get away with a second one if we got it off CL or someplace that didn't call landlords as the guy NEVER comes around. But I don't want to take the risk and David's not ready for a second dog just yet.


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raynedanser
raynedanser
She That Dances in the Rain
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)

We're back down to just the one dog, but two cats... :D But we also own our house, too. Someday, I want to try getting another dog again, but I'm thinking much older the next time around. ;-)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)

Older...or just not interested in the kitties! How old was Rocky? I can't recall reading age, but I think he was under a year?

Poor Morgan...I hope you can find another dog who suits your home and doesn't freak her out!


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raynedanser
raynedanser
She That Dances in the Rain
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)

Definitely older. I'd love to take in a senior dog. Rocky was about 8 months old. We think.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)

That's awesome! So few people want to adopt the older dogs and there are so many seniors who need good homes.


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raynedanser
raynedanser
She That Dances in the Rain
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)

And that's a lot of the reason WHY I want to. :D


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ayoub
ayoub
Ayoub™
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)

A gorgeous place :D


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Wed, May. 5th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)

It's amazingly gorgeous and just one of the neatest landscapes I've ever seen. I just felt such a connection there. I've decided I want to have my ashes scattered there someday if possible.


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lerhat
lerhat
Rhat
Thu, May. 6th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)

That place looks beautiful.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Thu, May. 6th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)

Isn't it amazing? And almost NO ONE goes there, which is super awesome. Everyone goes to see the famous Dolmen and it's usually surrounded by people (I got a lucky shot there!). But the Poulawack Cairn? No one! And those people who made it up the hill realized how far away the cairn was and frequently turned back. It's the perfect place for me. I hate dealing with large groups of tourists.


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recreatexme
recreatexme
sarah
Thu, May. 6th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)

SO pretty! And i really, really want to go to ireland.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Thu, May. 6th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)

Ireland is WONDERFUL. We've been there twice and if I could up and move there, I would in a heartbeat. I loved the scenery, the people, even the wandering dogs. I met a lot of dogs just wandering out in the country (a border collie, a couple golden retrievers, a handful of mutts, one of which was a pit bull mix of some sort) and they were all the friendliest, most awesome animals ever.


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