Fullish Moon and Errigal

Full Moon and Mt Errigal

Tired now just got back from the Teach Ruiori’s pub,

Rode the bike back – fullish moon veiled by mysterious fog that breaks the light and makes all the bog around a ghostly curtained blackness,

Dark shapes loom and turn out to be gorse and reeds and heather,

Barbed wire and split rail posts guide the edges of the gravel’s crunch filled double tracked lane,

My hair and eyelashes collect the dewy mist so that I cry crocodiles tears in the warmth of this wet night with no rain or wind,

Guinness for strength! the signs say and fueled with it I glide and coast through cloud to the galvanized gate of Clo.

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Bog Trash on a Bike

Bog Trash on a Bike

This is how I got trash from the bog. I logged some miles. Get the trash/sculpture media from the rainy upland bog and transport it down a long dirt road to Clo. The bike is propped up on a bucket. It rained hard, and the wind blew all this day.

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Arrival at Clo and trip to Toriagh (Tory) Island

It’s been a rough time trying to access the interent here – my apologies for the lack of posts. Here are some pictures from a couple weeks ago. Today I rode a BMX bike about 8K into town to Lough Altan Hotel in Gortahork so that I could use the WIFI in the lobby. I had hoped to mail postcards – but arrived @ 5:45 to find that the post had closed at 5:30 – Oy!

Here is what I saw when the “taxi” droped me off – I bit scary since the residency buildings were no where in sight. It would be a long walk home!

Sara Everett, Noula, and Archil

Ah, the wonders of TP. Clo residency Artists Sarah Everett (from Seattle and Olympia – surprise – its a small world) Irish Artist, Noula from Galway, and Web designer and pianist extrordinaire Archil Turmanidze from Georgia

On the grounds of Clo with typically mysterious Mt Errigal, hight peak in Donegal (751 m)

  Errigal again on a “nice” day. Bog and lake in foreground.

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Sligo town

Here I am in Sligo town in county Sligo. I am here to wait for the Feda O Donnel , Galway to Letterkenny bus. This bus will take me to the small village of Gortahork in County Donegal from there I will take a taxi to the Clo Visual Art and Media Laboratory (link) where my residency is. I will spend about 4 weeks here, and while I am here I will complete the project I have planning over the last year that I call Irish Arch-ifact: Tele-Objects.

Here are some more pictures from Sligo town

Sligo town’s Yeats Museum. Bilding donated by the Bank of Ireland. Watch out though as no bank in Ireland will accept any US cash currency over $50. I had $100s – OY! “Do you have an account?”, me “No, but I’d like to open one!” haha! They didn’t laugh. “Have you tried Bank of Ulster? or the Credit Union? or……” Yes – and – NO!

Sligo town’s library. Funny seems like a church?

This is the Sligo burough building with a statue of Alderman Foley – relative of Olympia’s own District Justice (to be?) Jim Foley.

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Seattle – Toronto – Dublin – Bus Eireann to Castlebaldwin

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WARNING! :  The following posts are not necessarily in chronological order or written immediately following the events which they detail!

Flight info:

June 18 Seattle, Washington (USA) to Toronto Canada

June 18-19 Toronto Canada to Dublin Ireland

June 19 Dublin Airport to Bus Eireann Depot

Dublin Bus Eireann to Sligo (get off at Castlebaldwin stop)

Castlebaldwin stop, walk 1.5 kilometer to Towerhill Bed and Breakfast. http://www.towerhillfarmhouse.com/

The walk was a long one on the side of a very busy highway – speeds of 100 Kph allowed by law –

When I arrived I was exhausted and sweating from hauling my suitcase full backpack and laptop shoulderbag.

I met Muriel, the owner and email contact about halfway up the meandering drive. She was wearing a paper mask as she sprayed some kind of weed killer to the edges of her paved driveway.  Later she explained that this was necessary to keep the weeds from growing on the driveway itself and that if allowed to do so they would break up the pavement and repaving would become necessary and expensive.

Dear Muriel,

Thank you so much for your caring and helpfulness! My stay at Towerhill was very enjoyable and suited my needs perfectly.

Your B+B is appointed in good taste and with comfort in mind. My bed was exceptionally comfortable.

The breakfasts you served me were generous in quantity and extremely tasty and filling. Your homemade fruit bread –“crack” I think you called it was delightful!

I also very much appreciated your willingness to give me a lift twice – to the bank and to Sligo town for the bus!

The bus worked out very well. I was able to store my bags with the friendly and helpful front desk person at the Glass House Hotel. I think she may have thought I had been staying there because I came in from the restaurant rather than from the street – but perhaps they are willing to do this for the sake of goodwill.

I wanted to leave you a small token of my appreciation for your hospitality, so I left for you a small sachet of Washington State grown lavender, and for Ivan, a key chain from a State government office near where I live. They are small things but I hope they, in a small way, show my great appreciation!


Bil Fleming

PS I will include a link to Towerhill B+B website on my blog in hopes that this will create greater visibility for your business on the internet (unless you prefer I do not).

I stayed at Towerhill B+B because from what I could tell from Google Maps it was very close to a place called Carrowkeel a Megalithic site nearby.


Here are some pictures from the 5000+ year old passage “tombs”. There are fourteen of these. I went to four. One of them is aligned with the setting sun on Summer Solstice – the day I was there. The clouds did not allow direct sun on the 20th of June 2012 but it was still a truly amazing place.

This picture shows the road sign for Carrowkeel and Sathya Sai ( a retired donkey sanctuary ). In the distance you can see one of the fourteen cairns that are considered tombs on the top of the ridge. It really sticks out as a man made feature.

Here is a shed I passed when I made a wrong turn on the way up to the ridge

Cool old tractor still in working condition also seen after a wrong turn.

Here is the road as it approaches the amazing area of Carrowkeel. Following pictures of a cairn are of the one on top of the ridge on the right.

This picture is from the cairn looking down. The automobile in the upper center of the image is roughly where the previous picture was taken.

This pic is taken from the same spot as the alst except 180 degrees. This is the opening to the “tomb”. Another very large cairn is seen on top of the ridge across the valley.

This is a small opening. Claustraphobia has never been a big trouble of mine though I was feeling a bit as I squeezed into this one.

Here is my pack sitting in the opening – taken from inside. Now you may be thinking – SPOOKY – and it was kinda.  I was by myself – no one else on the ridge where I was – but outside theweather was SPOOKIER! Thunderstorm and big wind gusts and pelting rain began right about as i took this picture.

When I got in and let my eyes adjust and got up my courage a bit I started feeling around the moist crevices and cracks between the rocks. I found some candles – partly burned and a very old and moldy package of incense (box said imported from India)  which I lighted with a bit of trouble – but it WORKED!  It is really hard to get a sense of what the interior of this place was like from the pictures. It wasn’t big but it was big enough for a couple of people comfortably. The air inside warmed appreciably from my body heat and the burning candles. Thanks ancestors – 5000 years ago!


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