The above photo is a drone shot taken of Athlassel Abbey in Golden Tipperary. On the left of the shot is the river Suir and on the right you can see the green area that is what remains of the fish ponds built by the Monks as a fish farm.
In between the grass is burnt dry as a bone, the effect of weeks of a heatwave, unbroken by the rain that usually falls in July in Ireland.
Elsewhere the dry conditions have been turning up interesting archaeological findings. At the world famous Boyne valley site of Newgrange the perfect outline of an entirely undiscovered Henge has magically appeared due to ancient post holes holding just a little more moisture than the surrounding ground.
Usually invisible; the combination of a long dry summer, and the widespread availability of drones have brought a whole new set of possibilities to the Newgrange site. At first guess the henge is thought to date from 2,500 years ago, some 500 years after the construction of the passage tombs.
The finding is an incentive to drone fliers to get out there and exploit the conditions. There are more sites waiting to be discovered.
In the meantime we will sit here and swelter, and wish we were more used to coping with this weather. The Spaniards are better prepared as you can see. Photo from the Guardian this week of a girl cooling off in a fountain. With a hosepipe ban in place and dire warnings from Irish Water for the coming September we can only look on jealously.
Ramona Street on a Hot Summer Day; by Betsy Franco
You can hear the whack
of a tennis ball against the plastic bat.
You can smell Ms. Lowry’s
that grows along her fence.
You can lick an ice cold popsicle
from Petey’s ice-cream truck.
You can feel Joey’s sprinkler water
tingling on your skin.
There’s no place I’d rather be
than Ramona Street
on a hot summer day!