Sunday, July 16, 2006

Return to Brokeback Mountain

The first place we visited on our recent camping trip was the historic village of Caledon in County Tyrone. Caledon is a border town abutting on to the counties Armagh (Northern Ireland) and Monaghan (Eire). What I didn't know before we went there was that Bert was making a return visit to the area.

Sometime in the early 80s Bert took a summer job with the Ulster Trust for Nature Conservation. His role was to assist in a survey of birds in the area of the Blackwater river valley. He and Philip (an ecologist) spent four months living in a forester's hut just outside Caledon village. It was at the height of the Troubles. We drove to the site where the hut had stood.

We slept there on the floor of the hut. Every morning we'd cook breakfast on an old wood-burning stove. It was my Brokeback Mountain summer.

Oh really? Was there sex?

No sex.

Was there sheep?

No sheep.

Stands to reason I suppose. The sheep would have been the sex.

3 comments:

Beowulf said...

Caledon is a lovely wee place, my parents live just up the road.

Caroline said...

Looks like you took that pic form a great height. Were you up in a Nellycopter? :)

Nelly said...

Beowulf - I totally agree. We loved the area.

Caroline - No we were in a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. I had that photo of the internet.