Irish summers tend to be wet with a hint of sun and a promise of warmth that comes and goes as fast as the clouds above Inis Mor on a stormy day out in the Atlantic. However, this summer has been the hottest in over 40 years, records have been broken and then broken again. … Continue reading Surviving The Heatwave of Summer 2018 in The West of Ireland
Here are a few images from my balcony garden efforts. The storms and now the heat waves have not helped with the loss of many plants but slowly recovering now. Enjoy! Herbs and flowers seem to shine brighter with the golden sunlight... The scent of catmint is divine... Herbs easily gathered for different recipes... A … Continue reading Quick Look at How My Balcony Garden is Doing & Some Inspiring Balconies Around The World
Spring is here and the days are growing longer and slowly warmer. As some of you may be aware, I've struggled with depression, anxiety and panic attacks the last two and a half years. I've tried a variety of antidepressants, seen counsellors, tried yoga, meditation, journalling...you name it, I've tried it. They all seem to … Continue reading Healing Depression Through The Transformative Power of Spring
After a long winter, I felt inspired to start writing again, today, on the first day of spring, the Celtic festival of Imbolc. I look out at the Daffodils, Hyacinths and other spring flowers on my balcony, the catkins or 'lambs tails' on the Hazel trees and the first green shoots in the garden below … Continue reading Celebrating Imbolc, The Start of Spring, The Day of The Goddess Brigit in All Her Forms
Autumn is officially here, it rains everyday, the air is becoming bitter cold in the mornings and its dark by dinner time. Our winters are marked by ever increasingly fierce storms, such as we have never seen before. These storms uproot, flood and destroy all before them and such storm defences as was in place … Continue reading Stormy Weather Over Galway: Global Warming, Rising Water Levels & How to Up-cycle All Those Broken Umbrellas
It was a gorgeous day today, so after doing some errands in town, I decided to come home the long way along Lough Atalia [Galway city] and through the wild meadow beside it. The sun was shining, there was a brisk breeze and the air seemed alive with sound. I recommend always being prepared, if … Continue reading Blackberry Delights & Unexpected Encounters or Becoming Addicted To Foraging!
Todays Full Solar Eclipse was a remarkable event, which wont be repeated until 2090 based on the latest estimates from NASA. The States were extremely luck to have perfect viewing conditions and I watched the live footage from Oregon absolutely fascinated. Unfortunately here in the West of Ireland, it had been raining all day and … Continue reading Thoughts on The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 & The Illumination of Ancient Ireland, Land of The Rising Sun