Another Trip Around The Sun!

My birthday has passed. It was a wonderful day and here I am in a new year of my life, another journey around the sun! It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and, as usual, it’s been a wonderful time for casting the occasional, cursory glance over my shoulder to the past. To this end, I have recalled many aspects of my relationship with my parents, especially in my younger years, realising more and more just how wonderful they both were! When one is in the thick of it all it’s sometimes very hard to see the people behind the…

Preparedness

Midwinter has passed, and with it, the counting down of the days towards the light. Visitors have now left and the cottage seems eerily quiet…somewhere in the stone walls I can hear a mouse scrambling about. The cats are sleeping off their party food, including creamy custard from the sherry trifle, and are ensconced on top of the straw bales in the barn. This was my first opportunity to get out into the gardens and observe the flow of the water through the ponds after all the heavy rain of recent days. The weather has been very warm with heavy…

A Wish for The Children of Gaza

The full moon rises above Bealtaine Cottage. Last night there was a new moon, somewhere in the sky. Often times I watch the moon and think of all those it shines upon. Many dark nights, when the stars fill the sky with their own light show and shooting stars leave a momentary arch in the night sky, I make a wish. In the cold November air of a Sunday night in the west of Ireland, I made a wish, a heartfelt wish, for The Children of Gaza. It was quite a simple wish too. There was nothing of Christmas, Santa…