A couple of weekends ago my intrepid explorer classmates and I set off for Inis Rath, also known as Hare Krishna Island (http://www.krishnaisland.com/). We only got a tiny bit lost on the way there, which was a chance to stop at an old abandoned petrol station. Arriving at the dock, we waited to board a precarious but jolly motor boat which teetered slightly but carried men, women, children and dogs over and back to the island – the sturdier looking bright yellow “Govindadwipa Ferry” is currently undergoing maintenance. Ambling up to the temple, the beat of the music and chanting reached us. Once we had removed our shoes and were invited to wave our hands over a candle flame as a blessing, we joined in to dance and chant and enjoy the warm welcome. After an energetic session we were invited to listen to a talk on karma and bliss, and join in the delicious vegetarian feast. Afterwards we took a walk, delighted by peacocks and the beautiful surroundings of Inis Rath. When I got home, I had to smile when I saw that new calves and their mamas had been moved in to the field in front of my cottage.