This is my last blog post about Anne river. Here she is, on her final run to the Ocean. All the way from Dunhill, through the yellow Iris and Buttercup fields.
Her waters are so clear that I spotted a school of young fish feeding on something invisible.
Final destination – Annestown beach. It is where Anne River meets the Ocean.
First I climb the eastern edge of the cliff, but I don’t walk any further – I think this part is quite dangerous to walk.
I sit down in the soft grass and enjoy what I see. Thrift (Armeria maritima) is blooming in early June, and it is the most beautiful part of the scenery.
I cross the beach and walk to the western edge, where cliff walking is safer. I have taken many photographs but it is impossible to share everything in this blog. One of the little pleasures was taking photographs of many flowers I came across.
I found some big, sturdy daisies that looked a bit like the Seaside daisy but not exactly.
I also found a single flower of Gladiolus.
This is the view from the western edge. If you click on the photograph to enlarge it, you will see a stony structure in the end of the beach. It is the remains of a lime kiln. Limestone was heated there until it crumbled, and was then used for fertilising the land.
There are many magnificent rocks and cliffs and welcoming coves down there.
It is where I turned back: I didn’t like that crumbling sandy slope. It is the Ballydowane cove.
Back in Annestown, there are two donkeys – the most photographed donkeys in the area. I am not sure if they are the same donkeys I see every year – they must be not. Life of a donkey is harsh and unpredictable.
As I was talking to them and rubbing their ears and heads, I though about the generations of donkeys that have lived in this old paddock over the years, or may be, centuries. They have never seen beautiful Anne River valley that lies just a quarter of mile down the hill from them, with its lush grasses and clean, transparent waters.
Thank you for walking with me through these three blog posts along the Anne River!
Have a wonderful weekend!