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An Bhean Feasa – A Capricious Spring!

It is said that if  Brigid’s Day is cold, wet and stormy, then the Goddess of Winter, An Cailleach, stays in bed and sleeps on not noticing Spring creeping up on her.  However, if the day is fine on 1st February, the Cailleach gets up to collect more firewood as she means the winter to Read More

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Springtime Simplicity

Today is La Feile Brigid – Brigid’s Day, a day that always feel special and exciting to me as it is also Imbolc, the first day of Spring.  There is a sense of anticipation in the air which is exciting because it feels like a renewal, a fresh start, a change.  I was at my horticulture Read More

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The Sun Stands Still

Solstice literally means “sun stands still” for about three days.  About ten days ago we had snow and sleet on the mountains. We had hope that we might get a “White Christmas” and a shining, sparkling Solstice but our hopes were dashed as temperatures rose again and we became engulfed in mist. The mist wrapped Read More

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Samhain – Summer’s End, Seed Fall

  Happy Samhain Greetings!  It is Summer’s End, the leaves have fallen from some of the trees and they are looking stark and bare.  Other trees are changing their colours and brightening up the bleak landscape, adding yellows and oranges to the palette.   One of the many Hawthorn trees on my road reveals its Read More

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Wild and Free – Elemental Energy

MOTHER EARTH Thanks to the early moon missions we were able to see what our planet looked like from space.  Our home, the extraordinarily beautiful planet, Earth.  The impression this made on people at the time and since has been profound and certainly added energy to the then burgeoning environmental movement.  Looking at this image Read More

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Lughnasadh -When Paradise is a Garden

I explained on one of my earier blogs that I had grown up in the north east of England, in an industrial town, in a house like this one. The “garden” at the front  was paved over and I grew up yearning for plants, for the countryside and to make a connection to Nature. Now, Read More

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Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy Food

Yet again it is a gloomy, windy day here in Connemara so I thought I would take  pictures of some flowers that are nevertheless, looking very bright.  I realised as I was snapping away that many of our garden flowers belong to medicinal plants as well as to plants grown for eating.  I was reminded of Read More

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Mid Summer – An Abundance of Beauty

I always find June to  be quite a wet month (today is no exception) but a sunny Monday and Tuesday led into a dry Wednesday, 21st June, the high point of the Summer Solstice and we were able to enjoy a bonfire last night with some good friends who arrived unexpectedly. I was celebrating the beauty and abundance Read More