There’s nothing like a cold blast of air and two icy feet to start the morning off. With an hour to kill before I dropped my daughter to school and started a day of “Mum’s taxi-runs”, I ventured out to Newcastle to look for Mullough Abbey.
Coming from Clonmel you can’t miss the signposted pillar beside the new graveyard….unless you’re me….so I drove by it and into Newcastle before I realised the error of my ways.
Mullough Abbey, Newcastle
The abbey is in a lovely spot, but it’s an awful pity about the perimeter wall. I wonder is there any chance that there’s a plan to cover it with natural stone, or even grow a hedge to cover it.
Not that the wall is going to haunt me at night or anything. There are plenty of other things going on at the moment to cause me to lose sleep – this is NOT a good year.
I got the car back from the garage – it’s still squeaking, and sounds like an ancient wheelbarrow. In fact, I own an ancient wheelbarrow that sounds healthier than it does. I might just plonk a steering wheel and a piece of tarpaulin on it and drive that instead.
But back to the abbey….
I’ve noticed that my photos are slightly out of focus on the left hand side so I’m trying to play around with all the settings in order to fix it. It’s a good opportunity to learn what everything does, but it could be just that I dropped the camera recently. (I told you it was a bad year). My filter is also jammed onto the lens. Gah!
How lucky was I with the weather? A lovely blue sky emerged from the rain filled grey clouds for several minutes and I was able to take these shots. I was also lucky not to break my neck taking the photo above. The grassy mound that I stood on was actually stone and rock from the abbey wall.
Louise Nugent has written a great post on the abbey. In fact, these days I spend more time on her blog than on mine. 🙂