Return of the Light.

1 Feb


Spring is here!  Time to come out of hibernation and become busy outdoors again. However even though plants are budding and evenings are getting longer, I fear it will be a little while yet before we can do any outdoor garden work.  The land is wet, very wet, not as wet as Somerset in south west England though. Many homes and even whole farms have been flooded there since before Christmas. So horrible for people and animals.


Here in Ireland St. Brigid’s Day is set to be marked by yet another storm. A day of high winds, rain and even the possibility of snow if the Met Office get it right.

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For us February 1st…Imbolc…marks one year here at Flynn’s Cottage. The cottage has been through a lot of changes in the last year. The biggest job was removing all the decoupage from the walls. What a task! It seemed to go on forever. We were so glad when that last wall was done. It now feels like our home rather than a cottage that came into our possession just one year ago. The process of turning a house into a home is complete. We had planned a day out tomorrow to celebrate our first year but we shall see what the weather is doing before making the final decision.


“It’s Spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want. but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”    Mark Twain

Happy 1st of February…Imbolc…Spring to all who visit here. May it truly arrive soon.


25 Responses to “Return of the Light.”

  1. cathsveggies1 February 1, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Happy 1st Birthday 🙂 Yes, It is officially our Irish Spring, but I think seasons have changed so much that we should pospone it for another 30 days like the U.S. Roll on a few dry days to dry up our boggy land.

  2. PlantPostings February 1, 2014 at 3:13 am #

    Oh, lucky you! We won’t really have spring until at least March. Here in the northern U.S., it stays cold and snowy through February and sometimes March. So, I’ll plan to visit your blog a lot in the weeks ahead to get a virtual taste of spring. 🙂

    • bridget February 1, 2014 at 9:40 am #

      There may be a slight delay on Spring…this morning we had snow!

  3. melissa February 1, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Happy anniversary! I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog about Flynn’s cottage and will certainly be returning xx

    • bridget February 1, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Welcome to Flynn’s Cottage!

      • melissa February 1, 2014 at 11:47 am #

        Thank you! Where is your little bit of heaven? I’m in county Meath…

      • bridget February 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

        We are near Frenchpark in county Roscommon.

  4. Anny February 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Definitely feels like Imbolc here today – the sun is out for the first time in over a week and the air tastes different. Happy anniversary.

  5. ayearinredwood February 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Fingers and toes crossed that Spring will arrive soon. Ground here is absolutely sodden.

    • bridget February 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      Lot of land flooded up here too.

  6. Jane February 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    I love the thought of spring so early! Can’t wait to see all the goings on once you’ve dried out a bit.
    Jane x

  7. silverbells2012 February 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Hopefully, yes, it is the start of spring and outside garden work for you. It must be so good to have your home the way you want it!

  8. Mirken February 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Happy first anniversary in Flynn’s cottage…. May you have many more happy years in your beautiful part of the country. I too am looking forward to begin planting seeds …. it’s a magical time of the year 🙂

    • bridget February 2, 2014 at 12:13 am #

      It certainly is a magical time as we await the transformation Spring will bring.

  9. Sarah February 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Although the winter hasn’t been too cold so far, it will be nice to start seeing signs of spring arriving. Hope you get some dry weather soon, the ground can’t take much more rain.

  10. Mominthegarden February 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Bridget, oh it is just so so so wet here. The grass squishes when I walk on it! I hadn’t realized that Feb 1st is spring! I can definitely see the difference in the evenings, thankfully. Dana

    • bridget February 2, 2014 at 12:12 am #

      In theory it is Spring. The reality…I can hear rain pelting down outside.

  11. elaine February 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    I can’t believe it is already a year that you have been in your new house – time sure flies. I bet you are relieved that you have finally finished making it into your home – when you have the garden the way you want it you can relax a little.

    • bridget February 2, 2014 at 12:11 am #

      then it’s just the maintenance!

  12. june February 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Happy anniversary to you and Andy and being in your beautiful new home. It’s amazing to me how quickly a whole year has already passed (or is that just me getting older and feeling that way?).

    These photos are beautiful, Bridget. Perfectly capturing and expressing the first new glimpses of springtime and some much-longed-for and needed sunshine in amongst all the rain and damp and grey.

    Happy Brigid’s Day (plus one day) to you, by the way. And roll on, springtime.

    • bridget February 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      I can hardly believe it either. It’s nearly a year and a half since we left our old place in Arigna. A lot has happened since then. Roll on Springtime…I second that!

  13. Donna@Gardens Eye View February 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Oh how I wish it truly were spring here. Not for 6 weeks and then it will take a while to dry out so we can work in the garden…maybe April. Happy first Anniversary in your cottage. We are celebrating our 9th yr here…hard to believe.

    • bridget February 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Time flies when you’re having fun!

  14. madcrowherbals February 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Oh, the weather is resisting that whole spring thing around here. 🙂


  15. KL February 5, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Though it’s a bit late but happy spring to you. Also, congratulations on celebrating a year in your cottage. Hope it continues flourishing :-). Lucky for you all that spring is getting there. Here it is constant snow and freezing temperature…brrrrrrr…

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