Posts about Ireland
I think that was one of the recognitions of the Celtic imagination: that landscape wasn’t just matter, but that it was actually alive. Landscape recalls you into a mindful mode of stillness, solitude, and silence, where you can truly receive time.
John O Donohue
“The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea.” ― James Joyce, Ulysses We spent one night only, camping near the Martello Tower in Sandycove, Dublin. It features in the opening chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses, so they say. All night long they came and went, up and down the walkway from Sandycove to the […]
I checked the sea temperature today. Not much more than 13/14 degrees centigrade anywhere in Ireland. This year the cold sea water was harder to bear. By the time we arrive in Kerry our friends are already a couple of weeks into the rhythm of twice daily swims. They glow from endorphins, […]
Maybe some day, some one will be able to articulate what it meant to be part of a YES Equality canvass team in the Marriage Equality referendum? Some have said it was the best experience of their lives, that it lifted them out of hopelessness about political change, that it gave them […]
I could go on and on, but I really have only one word and it’s YES! See more couples in the Pairs Gallery
Farmyard black cat in the ditch is a sign of luck Around here these border collies are all known as Shep The Cat Shepherd’s apprentice says hello Time to fly away for the Chaffinch too One of these days we will be leaving this sleepy patch for a bit of a road trip […]
Lovely old window in the Farncroft Mill The restoration of the mill wheel and the buildings took 10 years In Memory Antiques in Birr The 6 acre garden designed and built from a green field by Angela Jupe at Farncroft Mill Angela Jupe’s design makes use of recycled doors and windows The entrance […]
Angela Jupe’s Georgian home Bellefield House In March the garden is full of daffodils and hellebores. Wild woodland planting around the house The stable yard stone out buildings have been transformed into rental properties Even the potting shed is beautiful! The gardens have some strong architectural features built around reclaimed […]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I had a lovely bunch of spring crocuses ready for this week’s blog, then on Monday morning we woke up to snow. We were on our way to the National Concert Hall. The Gloaming a group of musical wizards led by Martin Hayes, were about to play to a packed house. It’s like Irish […]