Where have all the trolleys gone?

October 16, 2007

Where have all the trolleys gone? Sounds like the beginning of a good song, doesn’t it? (“Ah whemmmm [clears throat] “Where have all the trolleys gone, long time passing. Where have all the trolleys gone, Long time ago…etc etc )

The trolleys in question are of course the very useful and utterly annoying supermarket variety. Useful at the supermarket when the alternative is to hump piles of stuff around in your arms on the weekly forage through Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda or whatever your local shopping emporium happens to be. Utterly annoying when you get one that doesn’t work. What’s the choice here…. traipse back to the trolley park wrestling with 30lbs of uncooperative metal or abandon the darned thing in an aisle leaving your £1 coin for the first brave soul who wants to dance with the devil? On balance – and I’m not usually accused of balance(!!) – I hate the things!

But in their right place and when looked after properly I have to admit that they are useful. Now where I really get angry about these things is in situations like this:-

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A Talkni staff photographer took this image along the banks of the beautiful River Foyle today.

‘Nuff said…… “Tesco, hi,…we’ve found one of your lost trolleys. Care to collect it?”

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I know a wee spot…….

September 5, 2007

Lucky enough to take a little stroll the other day through a woodland walk just outside Derry. As the DOE guide to Ness Wood says:-

“Ness Wood Country Park comprises 50 hectares of mixed woodland known as Ness, Ervey and Tamnymore, in the sheltered Burntollet Valley. The main feature of the Park is a spectacular waterfall (the highest in the province), from which the Park derives its name, based on the Irish “an las” or Ness meaning waterfall. After the last ice age, ten thousand years ago, the old Burntollet River course was choked by glacial boulder clay deposits. In eroding a new channel through the underlying metamorphic schist rocks, the river has created the magnificient waterfall, gorges, potholes and rapids which are a feature of Ness Wood today.”

Now I couldn’t put it better meself – so I haven’t! I’ll content myself with posting one wee picture instead:-

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Well…. maybe the place is soooooo nice I’m tempted to show off some of my other shots. “Ah… go on go on go,” I hear you say. So… I will!

How’s this:-

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What with the September mild weather and a wee bit of run in the Burntollet River it makes for a really nice spot for a stroll. You’ll travel many a mile before seeing a place as nice. It’s one of those places that Northern Ireland does so well. Under-stated and under-rated but purely magical for the soul.

You should try it…. 🙂

PS: Oh.. I wonder where else is worth an Autumn visit? Any suggestions?