Since Ballyyahoo is hidden deep on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, it is surrounded by lots of fields, meadows and beautiful woodlands too.
The Woodlands in Ballyyahoo are called the Witchy Woods and there always lots to do and see there.
When spring comes along, the primrose is one of the first little flowers to push its pretty little petals up out of the frosty soil.
In Ballyyahoo, you can find the primrose low on base of the hedgerows, along the side of the fields, and near the trees in the woodlands.
Another place you will find the primrose, is along the cow-trampled path that leads to Biddy’s beach.
If you encounter the primrose when you are out walking in the countryside or woodlands, the best thing you can do is simply admire it.
The primrose is a pretty little flower but very fragile with soft little petals.
It is not a good idea to pick or pull primroses.
People have picked them so much that there are not so many left.
If you do pick them they will probably be wilted or dead by the time you get them home.
Now, that would be sad.
PRIMROSES – THE KEY TO HEAVEN
Many years ago in Celtic Ireland, people considered the primrose to be sacred. The Celts believed that the primrose was actually the key to heaven.
Celtic people also thought that primroses would protect their homes from fairies.
They would scatter them in their doorways to ask the fairies to bless the house and keep it safe.
But, Biddy loves to tell tales and some of her tales are quite tall, so this might not be true.
To read about Biddy, the Witch of Ballyyahoo click here.
True or not, it is not a good idea to eat any plants or flowers you encounter while you are out exploring in nature.
Some of them can be poisonous, and it can be difficult to tell which are deadly and which are not.
So enjoy your walks. Have fun exploring and discovering nature but be careful also and don’t forget to leave no trace.
For more about the wild flowers of Ballyyahoo click here.
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For some fun stories from Ballyyahoo click here.