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December 2007

Its good to be outdoors at key times in the calendar and the Winter Solstice is approaching, so I am on my way to Rathlin. When I arrive things are busy at the harbour, as usual, but the people and assorted vehicles soon disappear. I have an invite to the switching on ceremony for the Christmas Tree lights so I make my way there after teatime.

 

We sing a few carols and have some refreshments. The button is pressed and hey presto! lights. I get a lift down the brae. Across the bay, Ballycastle glows a uniform orange. Later, after I have gone to bed, I can hear birds overhead… pink footed geese and curlew.

 

Next day it is grey and breezy, but at least it is dry. There are widgeon, teal and mallard on the little lough and other birds besides. I walk around by the East Light. I seem to be attracted to its cartwheel beam, making me wonder whether I have been re incarnated as a moth. By the time I get back to Ballycastle there’s very little light left.
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