Country Living – A wonderful week in Ramelton


We have traveled North for a week in the country. Our beautiful accommodation Moorfield Lodge  sits at the edge of a forest looking out over a field of buttercups and white clover, outside the town of Ramelton. The silence is the first thing we notice, away from the city we become conscious of the stillness of the landscape. Early in the morning brown cotton tail rabbits play at a distance from the house and in a nearby field  the sheep are silent. Soft rain falls sporadically throughout the day, enough to keep the lane ways close by muddy under foot. While the hedgerows and ditches are now full and overgrown with thistles, nettles and dock leaves. The smells are heady,  with fresh scents of grass cuttings, moss and honeysuckle.  Our walks take us past a field with a short legged Connemara pony, which waits by the gate nodding his greeting. It’s a simple existence.

In the nearby town of Ramelton, preparation is underway for a Summer festival with traditional music and dance. The town has tidied itself up and shows off hanging baskets and bunting to mark the occasion. We are warmed by the friendliness of the locals and promise to return for the evening entertainment.

We lose track of time and the days start to drift into each other. Long evenings give way to beautiful sunsets and the sky unobstructed seems immense constantly changing colour from dawn to dust illuminated with shades of  blues, greys, whites and pinks. As the night falls in, we fall asleep with books still open. Not a sound disturbs us as unwind and let go…


Emer Maria Kielhorn lives and works in Dublin with her husband and two cats.

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