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Spring in Ireland #Pilgrimage ~ April












Spring comes early here. Delicate and lemony leaves fill the hedgerows. By the time we return, foxgloves will be flowering again on the lane. Truth be told, it's hard to leave.

The privilege I feel turning into my sixth decade is overwhelming. Early losses meant that I may have lived a little tentatively, now my grip on life has become ferocious. Along the way I may have felt unsure, but now my feet step strongly along the path. Like a suffragette for all the women in my life who have missed the chance to grow old, I am beginning to deeply appreciate my own heart beating like a young thing!  

Bluer skies will fill my eyes with light. My soul mate and I will sit under the stars in Greece (as we did in our twenties) and marvel at the chance. We will both savour every new turn in the road.

I will keep you posted from the Peleponnese as long as I can catch a wave or two of internet somewhere along the way. Thank you all so much for your thoughtful comments, notes and support. As always they are much appreciated and so encouraging. 


Meanwhile there are more photographs of Spring in Ireland here 








17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures of your spring in Ireland. This year we have a very early spring too. Wish you a very happy time in Greece!

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    1. Thanks Janneke, I will keep you posted with blue skies and seas!

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  2. Have a wonderful trip, Catherine! You have beautiful perspectives on the world and on life- thank you for sharing that with us!

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    1. O thank you Jill! I'm all excited now, packing up my bag:~)

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  3. How exciting! I echo your thoughts as I approach my, hopefully, middle life. Everyday really is a gift especially when you have experienced loved ones dying far too young. My older sister will be forever 52 as she passed away 2 years ago and now I have caught up with her in age and find life is such a delicate balance. On the good news flipside, I too will be going away but for me it's to France to be with my daughter for the month of July...I look forward to seeing your stories....oh and these shots of spring in Ireland are beautiful! I just received a post card from the Arans this morning...a bientot...Bon voyage!

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    1. Kerry, yes I know how strange it is to be heading into fresh years without our special people. But wow I'm happy to hear you are off to France, isn't it great to have young ones living in exotic locations! Bon Voyage to you too. x

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  4. As always wonderful words and pictures. I hope you have a wonderful time in Greece, such a lovely time to visit there! Sarah x

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  5. Best wishes for your travels into another decade and another country. I think as we grow older we have the wisdom to appreciate the good things in life and to be grateful for what we have.
    You've captured some lovely images of the great Spring we are having this year.

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  6. Fantastic lights! wonderful sunny day!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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  7. Beautiful photos especially the one of the song thrush. Hope you have a wonderful time in Greece.

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  8. Oh what wonderful photographs, you really are talented, it is amazing the beauty of our flora and fauna and you capture it all in your shots so well :) Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

    All things nice...

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  9. Beautiful photos, and I wish you well on your journey ...
    Amanda x

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  10. Thank you for sharing your spring in Ireland. Beauty!
    I wish you a wonderful trip in Greece (and I'm looking forward you greek posts:))
    Your words mean so much to me. How precious it is indeed to grow old.

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  11. Tomorrow I turn 61, life has got better as the years have disappeared, learnt to just enjoy the moment, look forward to the next and treasure the past moments. Enjoy your next adventure.

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  12. Beautiful pictures. Have a great holiday,Catherine X

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  13. Beautiful images of spring and what a great way to enjoy it but in Greece....I hope to get there eventually...like you I am working on finding my new path and grateful for my life and breathe...I will be 57 this month and am feeling the need to stop holding back...that will happen when my health is better...now I am still in the healing mode as my body is dictating the path....safe and wonderful travel.

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  14. Catherine, perhaps we met in Greece in our 20's? We were doing the compulsory European trip that Aussies do in our VW combi! Have a wonderful return, and I look forward to catching up with how you are going and your wonderful photographs.

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