The morning is hot and sultry.
The sky is clear blue.
Ireland basks in heat.
These self seed and come up more intensely year on year.
Willie Yeats is one of my favourite poets.
He shares a place in my heart with Seamus Heaney and several others.
I found this enchanting animation of one of Yeats most remembered poems, “The Stolen Child,” and thought it would be good to share it with you.
The words of Madeline Albright, US Secretary of State, burns in my heart…500,000 dead Iraqi children “was worth it”…
Autumn and the changing light…that’s my favourite aspect to the season.
Paths that have closed up over recent months will be opened up again through a lot of hard work…but then this is a lovely time to be outdoors.
Spiders will spin webs and leave a fairy-like strands that connect the skeletal shapes.
As the EU imposes sanctions on Iran, we wait for the death toll of children to mount there too.
Ireland now holds the Presidency of the EU.
Ireland can make a difference…or be complicit in the genocide of a nation.
Ireland should know better!
If you get close enough to Tony Blair to attempt a peaceful citizen’s arrest, you will qualify for the reward which has already been paid a number of times.
For details, see http://www.arrestblair.org/
Gunnera by the side of the pond is sprouting and growing by the hour. It is surprising that this of all plants survived the bitter cold of last winter. Many of the plants like Escallonia and Eucalyptus died.
The Gunnera is a huge and stunning plant, especially grown beside water.
Copper Beech is planted throughout the gardens on the smallholding and they add a tremendous amount of colour for most of the year. Many are planted along the laneway up to the cottage and each year add another dimension to the look and shelter as they increase in size.
The flowers of the Pine trees are out and each one has this lovely white cobweb under each one. These unusual looking flowers turn into cones…pine cones, and have a delicate yellow pollen that when the tree is shaken the yellowy dust blows off in a cloud…it’s beautiful to watch!
Ivy in the Fairy Dell woodland is growing and hanging in great swirls as the light seeps through before the full shadiness of summer begins.Ivy grows in abundance here in the west of Ireland…it is almost unstoppable!