19.3.12

Tweeting as Ireland- Day 1















































These photographs show the boundaries between my patch and the rest of the world. To the north east a hill of heather and gorse, to the south a small lake surrounded by forest and to the west the farmlands of County Waterford and the Commeragh Mountains. In between lies the place where I feel safest in the world, a little corner of land and sky that is my home.

Nothing happens here really, just the ordinariness of everyday rural life. The sun rises and sets without fail each day. In the early morning the birds are busy and the blackbirds swoop elegantly across the fields. Each evening the rabbits come out for a dander and as the sun sets fires are lit and the curtains are drawn for the night.

In my mind's eye and beyond these boundaries lies the rest of Ireland. Then beyond the shores of this small island lies the rest of the world. It is not a strange or unknown world. We Irish have travelled and settled everywhere and my own family are carrying on that tradition.

While living on an island creates a strong attachment to the land anchor of home, the longing to breach the boundaries pulls in the opposite direction. Home and abroad. Here and there. Intimate yet expansive.

I have the best of both worlds with one foot in the wild meadows that I love and the other in the on line global community. This week and for one week only I will be curating the @Ireland account on twitter. This is a venture of WorldIrish a community web-site for people who love Ireland or who have Irish heritage in Ireland and other parts of the world. Each week a different person will tweet for @Ireland. Don't worry I am still me and I am also still @foxglovelane

My week begins today and I suddenly feel very small.






19 comments:

  1. So beautiful pictures!beautiful surroundings you have.It's so great to find silent beauty in your everyday life,in familiar places.
    I also live on an island in North Finland.On Friday night there was a fabulous Irish Mass in our church.I love Irish music and your country fascinates me so much,it's always been among my must see-countries:)
    I hope you have a nice week!

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    1. Tiina thank you so much for stopping by. Island life is wonderful alright, and it's lovely to think of you all celebrating with Irish music too. I can just picture it.

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  2. Congratulations and best of luck for the week. You write beautifully and your photography is a wonderful representation of our country. Good luck and thank you. Olly

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    1. Thank you Olly, I needed to hear that.

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  3. I'm sure you'll do fine. The photographs are beautiful, what a wonderful place to live. I'll be in Ireland myself in a couple of weeks time staying in Co Clare and meeting up with some American friends.

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  4. They could not have picked a better person. I love all these images but especially the cow with the yellow earrings.
    Looking forward to every tweet!

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  5. What beautiful images. Love your writing ... a great blog. M

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  6. Beautiful pics as per usual! Love that one of the gorse on the hill. You can make a really nice wine from gorse flowers. I've tasted it but not made it myself. I hope to change that this year. Good luck with the tweeting.
    Bridget.

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  7. Loving the new look of the blog but I loved the old one too...your island is quite beautiful and I often long for that simple life...wonderful that you are tweeting @Ireland...couldn't have picked a better ambassador!

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  8. Your photography is a feast for the eyes. I really like how you show us your corner of Ireland with such love.

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  9. What wonderful pictures and beautiful words! Love your insight! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Mindy

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  10. Oh how blessed you are! You've such a beautiful, serene place to call home. Thanks for sharing your little corner of the world...we're all better for it!

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  11. A.lovely.blog.
    Great.photos.and.so.nicely.written.
    wish.you.well.with.your.irish.week..
    my.mother.was.irish..county.cork.
    enjoy.a.wonderful.tuesday.
    from.val.in.rural.portugal.

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  12. A beautiful post. What joy you must have in your special surroundings. It is a great pleasure to see your photographs and read your stories..Happy Spring..Judy

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  13. Nice post. Ballymaloe in Cork is on my Travel Bucket List
    PS Why not turn off the word verification?

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  14. Thanks for your posts, I would be waiting for similar interesting posts in future.

    Thanks
    Marcus White Lisdoonvarna

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