Ten Ways To Love Planet Earth On Valentine’s Day

1) Go Plastic Free

2) Switch off gadgets and lights when you leave a room


3) Take the train, a bike or walk

4) Use less

5) Reuse what you already have


6) Recycle when something isn’t reusable


7) Don’t be afraid to speak up for the planet


8) Make Your Own


9) Switch to green energy

10) Grow your own


Happy Valentines Day!! xx

P.s. here is a link to eco friendly free valentine’s Day ecards from WWF


Stormy Weather Over Galway: Global Warming, Rising Water Levels & How to Up-cycle All Those Broken Umbrellas

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 for centuries, are no longer enough.

Or Rather Leo these days…

Thousands of people made homeless, hundreds die, lives destroyed in minutes. You might ask yourself, why is this happening??

The answer is Global Warming. Yes, it exists and its getting worse everyday and its effects are becoming more and more apparent.


You might ask but what is global warming? in the most basic of terms, it is the global temperature of our entire planet rising. It is caused by carbon emissions and it is changing our planet rapidly.


The ice caps are melting and as they melt, the level of the oceans rises and continues to rise. Soon many hundreds of thousands of people and animals will be displaced in a desperate search for higher ground.


In Ireland, we have had some shocking weather in the last ten years, weather which hasn’t been seen in centuries or in some cases never seen before.


There was ‘The Year of The Flood’ in 2009, when bridges, roads and homes were swept away… where the main road from Galway to Connemara became a causeway…


‘The Year of The Snow’ in 2010, months of below freezing temperatures, frozen pipes, downed electricity lines, impassable roads…a time of isolation and fear.

I remember getting up in the dark and wrapping myself in my warmest clothes, strapping on my ice grips and using my mountain walking sticks as skis to get down the two hills to the village below…

I should stress for those not from Ireland, snow is a rare event and usually on the rare occasions it does arrive, it normally only lasts a few hours and is gone again in the morning but this was a year where it snowed, and snowed and kept on snowing….


There was more flooding after the year of the snow and I’ve no doubt there is more to come…


We are not prepared for these massive global changes and we are not doing enough to stop global warming, We need to do more and to do it today for time is running out.

Its a good idea this time of year to try and prepare as much as possible for the winter ahead, lay in extra provisions, a thick pair of wellingtons, extra blankets…Irish weather reporter Teresa Mannion has also this advice:

On a happier note, there are several ways to up-cycle all those broken umbrellas from being out in this stormy weather.

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They are useful in the garden as a planter or as a mini greenhouse!



The handle can be used as a coat hook, door handle…

Bag I made today from old Umbrella


Since it is almost October and you might start thinking of dressing up for Halloween, why not use a old umbrella to give yourself impressive bat wings! Best of all, if it rains [and it always does] you will stay nice and dry! 🙂

I leave you with a favourite song of mine from my childhood, which fits perfectly for the day that is in it…

Thoughts on The Total Solar Eclipse 2017 & The Illumination of Ancient Ireland, Land of The Rising Sun


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 the cloud cover completely obscured any view we might have had.

This is my third Solar eclipse, the last was about two years ago and I remember how blinding bright it was beforehand and how everyone left the library I was working in, to go outside and observe this rare opportunity.

tumblr_m9m1u0YtGb1rfnh9co1_500The first Solar eclipse I remember was when I was quite young and it was a hot summers day. My mum and brother had prepared a pin hole camera from a cardboard box and we set it up in the back garden, which is on a hill so has a good vantage point.

I remember the awe and wonder I felt, the same I felt today at seeing how the flickering fires of the sun was slowly devoured by the moon, the shock of total darkness and the joy, when we saw the sun emerge again unscathed.

lunar-eclipse-december-2010-nasa-keithburns.jpgI have seen a few Lunar eclipses, which are vastly different to a Solar eclipse and will be talking more again about how the moon affects us.


Today’s Solar Eclipse has excited an interest in space and astronomy that hasn’t been seen in a long time. I hope it inspires people to think more globally, rather then insularly.

The excitement has been such that bands, celebrations and eclipse viewing parties were held all over the world and a new drink was even invented for the occasion!:)


The wonderful thing about todays eclipse is that it encourages people to look up from their phones, to pay attention to all the wonder and beauty around them and to live in the present moment.

I freely admit, I could not live without my phone. Like almost everyone, it is so much more then just a phone to me. I use it to make calls and texts of course but it is also my alarm clock, my meditation app, my weather app, period app, my email, news, Facebook, blog, camera, recorder,  internet browser, google drive, documents, notebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Youtube, Files, Gallery, Calendar, Music, Videos, Calculator, Radio, Mirror, Torch…

 Mobile phones have become everything to us and because of the very nature of their portability, they have become an essential part of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone, I depend on my phone. It is an absolute necessity to me living in the 21st century and in so many ways, I cannot emphasise enough how mobile phone technology has enhanced our lives.

I can apply for a job, write a blog post, take photos, videos, talk to anyone anywhere in the world and a million other things but there is a dark side.


By spending all our time on our phones, heads down, gaze concentrated between our hands, we miss so much. We miss seeing all the beauty around us, the look of love a mother gives her child, the silent caress of a lover, a stunning sunset, the joy in a good meal…

We forget to live in the present moment but maybe we can find a middle ground. If we even took a few minutes each day to set aside the phone, to just be present, the rewards will be immeasurable.

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Todays Solar Eclipse made me think about the rich heritage we are fortunate to have here in Ireland. The eclipse has reminded me of how people have always looked up to the sky and wondered in awe.

Ancient monuments built by our ancestors remind us of how universal and deep is the fascination of humans with the movements of planets and celestial bodies, the cycles of the Moon and Sun and their effects on our planet.

Newgrange is without a doubt, Ireland’s most famous monument built by the ancients to mark the day of the winter solstice using the light of the rising sun to pinpoint the exact place to build their astonishing monument. Every year there is a lottery of Irish Citizens who wish to stand inside the inner chamber and witness this marvel of light and stone, and hopefully, I too will see it for myself someday.



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The Hill of Tara is another famous site built around the ancient’s fascination of the moon, sun and stars and their great knowledge of astronomy. The depth and scale of these sacred places leave a lasting effect on all those who visit there.


The famous Dolman in Co.Clare in the Burren is another example of this advanced understanding of our ancestors off the cosmos.


Coming closer to home, I remember being blown away by learning the fact that the beautiful village of Cong is based on an axis of Ley lines, [great lines of energy crossing the earth], a nexus point of vital earth energies.


If you stand at the top of Ballymacgibbon Cairn in Cong, you will realise that it was built on a direct line with Crough Patrick, a important place long before Christianity existed.


The cairn lines up with Cong’s Stone Circle and if you were to draw lines connecting the cairn, circle and mountain on a map, you would start to realise the importance and significance our ancestors paid to the turning of the seasons, the movement of the stars and the sacredness of the land.


Another example of the incredible attention of our ancestors to their surroundings below.


In conclusion, I just want to say how glad I was to see the eclipse today, if not with my own eyes, at least live on tv and how glad I am that every one of you who took time out of their day, to stop and stand and stare, were there also.

Although the total Solar eclipse is over and wont be happening for another seventy years, it is important not to forget the many other wondrous cosmic events such as meteorite showers, solar flares, lunar eclipses and other phenomena that occur so often but apart from a very few, go mostly unnoticed.

The breathtaking beauty of witnessing the rise of the life-giving sun casting its luminous light over stone, illuminating that which cannot be seen at any other time of year, is in a word, magical.

I will bid you goodnight, gentle reader and leave you with this stunning photo of a remote forgotten hilltop, where the wild grasses grew and dance in the breeze and where stone kisses the sun.






From the Depths of the Ocean, ‘Mermaid Tears’, An Ode to the Sea


Midsummers Night Eve has passed and we are at the height of summer and as the weather improves, my thoughts turn to the sea and all its wonders. Living as I do on the edge of the Atlantic, the sea has been a constant presence in my life.

The sea for all our advances in technology is still very much a mysterious place like no other. The world beneath the waves is utterly unlike that of those who live on land. It can be terrifying, overwhelming and deadly but it is also achingly beautiful, healing and magical.

616719f4591facc441c4c8c6e6ce9026I am never more happy then when I am at the beach or on the sea. The pull of the moon on the tides, the rise and fall of the waves, the feel of sand between my toes and the taste of salt on my tongue make me feel alive and at peace.

All life came from the sea. The earth is made up of two thirds water, as are we. The ocean is in our blood. Without the ocean, there would be no life on this planet.


I grew up hearing stories of Poseidon, Mannann Lir, Selkies, Mermaids, Sirens, Sea Dragons and other magical beings from the depths. One of the most wondrous moments of last year was during the Galway Arts Festival, a group of singers and musicians had gathered on a old moored sea trawler and as the sun set, the seals came…Throughout time, it is well known that Seals love the sound of music and especially love singing.

We are fortunate that there is both a Seal Sanctuary and a Whale and Dolphin Rescue group in Ireland.

I will write again about the importance of the Ocean, the incredible benefits and uses of Seaweed and other sea vegetables in another post but for today, I wish to talk about how Salt, a substance that once used to cost more then gold, that is essential for so many aspects of our life and our health, has been maligned in the last few decades. We have all heard about the importance of cutting salt out of our diet but what most people don’t know is that, yes table salt is terribly bad for us but Sea Salt is crucial for our well being.


The Benefits of Sea Salt

Sea salt is wonderful for so many things:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Prevents muscle craps
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Clears sinus and the lungs
  • Natural Antiseptic
  • Natural Exfoliant
  • Natural Deodorant



Mermaid Tears Ocean Sea Salt Scrub


  • Coconut Oil 500 gram
  • Course Sea Salt – 500gram
  • Fine Sea Salt – 500gram
  • White granulated Sugar – 300gram
  • Fresh Rosemary – 3 Tablespoons
  • Catmint Flowers or Dried Lavender Flowers – 1 Tablespoon
  • Blue Colouring from Red cabbage and water – 200ml [Instructions on how to make this at the end of the recipe]
  • Essential oils: Eucalyptus, Lavender and Citrus – 10 drops each




  • Mix the Sea Salts snd the sugar together, then add in the coconut oil.
  • Stir well and then add the Fresh Rosemary finely chopped
  • Stir in the Blue Colouring and then add the essential oils
  • Stir again until you are happy with the consistency and scent
  • Spoon into your glass container
  • Sprinkle the flowers on the top of the Scrub
  • Place in fridge overnight and then use as desired


c88b25c4164ad9fa1149dbba8a0fe60dFood Colouring

  • To make, simply chop a red cabbage into small bits and place in a large saucepan.
  • Pour water over the cabbage until the saucepan is almost full
  • Leave to come to a boil and then simmer for a half a hour
  • Strain the cabbage and pour the liquid into two different glass bowls
  • In the first bowl, slowly add tablespoons of Baking Soda, one at a time until the liquid turns dark indigo Blue
  • In the second bowl, add white spirit vinegar to the liquid until it turns a beautiful shade of violet purple.
  • Store the two lots of natural colouring in sterilised glass containers away from sunlight



DIY Salt Spray – The Beach in a Bottle!

Mix the above ingredients together in a empty spray bottle and use as wished for that just back from the beach look.


Sea Salt is wonderful for your skin whether in a facial wash, face mask, body scrub, foot scrub…



Maybe in the future, there will be colonies beneath the sea, providing of course, we stop poisoning our planet, not tomorrow or next year but today. Maybe in the future, we will unlock the key to understanding how Dolphins speak and Whales sing.

So many species of whales, dolphins and other sea creatures are being hunted to extinction or poisoned by pollution. If we don’t act now, I very much fear that soon, the gentle giants of the sea will be lost forever and the world will be a much much poorer place for it.

Listen to the sound of the sea and all those who live in and on it, for it echoes in the furthest reaches of your mind, caresses your heart and resonates in the depths of your soul. Listen to her voice, hear what she speaks.

Blessed Be. X








The Heart of a Child


Dear Reader, I hope you are well since my last post? Things continue to disintegrate on a world wide scale, our world has never been in as much danger as it is now. With many major countries building up their stock of nuclear arms and conducting tests of these weapons of mass destruction, we are living in uncertain times. Global warming has caused the meltdown of the ice caps at the poles, thousands of living creatures pass into extinction each day and the ground beneath our feet, the air we breathe and the water we drink are steadily becoming more and more toxic from the never-ending human-made pollution.

I feel so overwhelmed when I think of all these problems and watch the news at night, as I’m sure do many people. However this is not the time to despair but rather to breathe the small flame of hope into a fire of love and compassion in the heart of every woman, man and child.


Only love and the strength to find the warrior within will save us now. This is the time for action, for resolve of will, for clarity of purpose. We are not in this for fame and glory but for love of Gaia, of our beautiful planet.


We need to stop thinking on a local scale of our town, city, country, continent but on a global, world-wide scale. We need to remember we live on a planet spinning on its disc, surrounded by seven other planets, a moon and a sun. It is so easy to get caught up in everyday life and forget that our very existence is astonishing.


It is time to rediscover the sacredness of our world, to feel reverence and love for every living thing. Gaia isn’t just the ‘3rd rock from the sun’ but a living sentient entity, who is crying out for our help.


There is no Planet ‘B’ and even if there was, we are bound by honour, duty and responsibility but most of all, love of our birth place to do what we can to save the one we have. We are all monarch butterflies and our every action has a ripple effect throughout the world.

All this death, fear, disease and destruction that darkens our tv sets, newspapers, hearts and minds, this is on us.

We did this, we are the creators of our own doom but while there is still love, compassion and kindness in this world, there is still hope. The remedy for all this darkness, as much as the cause, lies within us and it is only together, united in love, that the tide will turn.

b29fba0f52d1514b70a851c156608151Children’s characters like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tris from Divergent and other dystopian novels and films have sparked worldwide the flame of revolution against tyranny, the flame of freedom and hope.

Katniss’s salute has come to mean freedom and its usage has spread throughout countless countries where oppression and cruelty reign.

Fictional heroines like Hermione Granger teach children, that anyone can be a hero. If you have a fire burning in your heart, a fire of love and justice, anything is possible.

I have recently realised it is not enough to say ‘but I am just one person, what can I do?’ One person cannot change the world or can they…? Did Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Maureen Forrest of The Hope Foundation, Mary Robinson and all the other brave souls of our world accept the status quo?

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emma-watson-quote-he4she1This is the time for everyone to ask themselves what can I do?  We cannot put it off until tomorrow, as one day, there will be no tomorrow.

The children of today are more awake and tuned into what is happening than any other generation. They are not afraid to ask why? why is there suffering, pain, hunger, disease and death in the world and why aren’t adults doing something about it? More and more young people across the globe, who have wisdom far beyond their tender years are taking action.


One such child is Campbell ‘Bumble’ Remess, who started when he was nine years old making teddy bears for sick children all around the planet. He has now made over 800 teddy bears and brought so much joy. He relies on donations for his material for the stuffed animals, as all his stuffed toys are given freely from the heart. He regularly visits his local hospital to deliver his bears in person. He has often raffled off his bears to raise money for children’s hospitals and has started a new project called 365 by Campbell, where he makes a teddy a day for a sick child.


Hailey Fort, now nine, started to help the homeless when she was five, when she saw a man living on the streets and now with the help of her parents, builds homes for homeless people and is growing food for those who need it as well.




Other remarkable children such as Maya Penn and Olivia Bouler are leading the way on environmental issues. One girl, Mary Grace Henry is changing the world with the power of her convictions, in her own words ‘Educating a girl can reverse the course of her life, change the course of a community… and a country’.  Her initiative ‘Reserve the Course‘ is changing countless lives by funding education for girls around the world.


The youngest ever Noble Peace prize winner is Malala Yousafzai, a child with the heart of a lion, who was shot at point blank rang in the head by a Taliban hit-man for her words of peace. Malala showed the world that the courage of one child can change the world. Her bravery and her message of peace and the importance of education inspire us all. In her own words ‘One Child, One Teacher, One Pen & One Book can change the world’.


There are so many children who are daring to dream and not letting anything stop them from their quest to make the world, a happier, healthier and kinder place. From donating hair to child cancer survivors, reading to cats in animal shelters, to preventing bullying, to inventing marvellous life saving medicines and creating technological wonders.

13266743_1079359942158521_425166392_nThese are the children who looked beyond their own lives and dared to care about others, not just their friends, family, neighbours, teachers or classmates but total strangers, people they will never meet.

These children have transcended out of the ordinary and dared to be different, to care and even more remarkable, to take action to help those the most vulnerable in our society.

The quest to save our planet is not just the responsibility of those who are willing to take action, those who risk their lives to save others, those who speak out on the world stage and whose every word is recorded and recounted but a quest that also belongs to you and I. Quote-Native-American-Proverb-wide-1024x512

If we want our children to be proud of us, to respect us and to listen to us, we must be the change we seek. It is not enough to say, but we need to also do. Even if its just putting a empty milk cartoon into a recycling bin or turning off the water when we wash our teeth, it all helps. The more we can do, the more we will see the ripples of our actions in our homes and our communities.

The children are our future, lets make sure they have one.

Blessed Be.