Ireland is going green.
First of all it’s the National Holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. But even more importantly it is also Spring.
At last, at last, at last.
After the grey, stormy winter, here in the fields, every small twitch of change registers. Buds, shoots, blossoms, flowers. Nest building, mad march hare dashing, and the buzzing of flies. For now I just love flies!!!
Wake up, shake a leg. I walked up the lane without a coat, without a hat! I sat on the beach and felt sun on my face! I’m sitting here at an open window listening to a blackbird chirping!
But more than anything else, it is this particular shade of green. It starts out so light and fizzy. And it’s not just the EU grasses and the fertilised meadows. It’s the fresh new leaves and the wild grass on the ditches. The buds of brambles, the tips of gorse. This newest spring green is the most Irish thing I can think of just now!
I have lots of photos of smiling faces and funny hats but for Lá Fhéile Phádraig or Paddy’s Day (it’s never ever Patty’s Day by the way) I offer you the green of an Irish spring and a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.
Yes, isn't it wonderful to have emerged from winter? Love your new header BTW – just perfect.
Miz Threefivesix says
love the fotos, love the article, would love to be in Ireland now.
Happy St Patricks Day! Love the picture of the hare!
Happy St Patrick's Day to you also, Catherine. It is a joyous time; let us hope this is not another falsest Spring, the like of which we and nature suffered last year! I love your photos and, as ever, your poetic prose …
That should read 'false Spring', not falsest …!? Some kind of predictive text glitch, methinks 🙂
Happy St Patricks Day to you as well.
Your photos are always so splendid !
The Grass is Greener on the Udder side says
… and the wild grass on the ditches
May the grass crackle with spring fresh happiness under your feet on Saint Patrick's Day today, Catherine, and all you other Irish Lovers-of-the-Foxglove-Lane-Blog out there
amanda peters says
Lovely post and photos, I have sat on a beach this week, felt the sun on my face and recorded spring. Have a happy week Amanda xx
Kerry O'Gorman says
Love the wild March hare…what a shot! Happy St Patricks Day from across the miles!
"Garden Whisperings" says
Other side of the globe, and I am so enjoying the cooler days of Autumn, and looking forward to some green, if and when the rain comes again. Funny how we all look at the seasons differently. Happy St. Patricks Day, the day to plant sweet peas here, Down Under
Gotham Girl says
Really love the new header too! I wonder what was a few feet behind that rabbit? Ha! Wonderful captures!
Love the bunny pic! We're getting there here – at least I see some patches of dirt and grass peeking out from the snow!
Jane ~ EarthAppleJane says
Hi Catherine! Here I am sitting on the beach WITH a hat to keep the sun off my face, 'cos it's hot!! Love your gorgeous fizzy green Irish Spring. By the way, you can keep your flies too ~ we have plenty here in Aus and I don't love them:)) Jane
Donna@Gardens Eye View says
What a perfect way to celebrate than celebrating spring green…still have snow and cold here so spring is quite delayed.