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The storm…

12 Feb

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A fierce storm hit Ireland today. The strongest wind speed was recorded at Shannon Airport…150 kms per hour. A tornado struck in Athleague and then went on to Roscommon town where about 100 trees were uprooted and houses were damaged. People interviewed on the radio said it was like a plane coming in to land.

We are lucky here to be sheltered to the west and south by the forest. It was still an indoor day though. Andy ventured out to walk the dogs and bring in fuel for the stoves.

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I made the house smell of Summer by using the last Strawberries from the freezer to make jam. I’ve had that Strawberry shaped jar for years. Saw it in a supermarket in Rathdowney full of jam and just had to have it. Every year since it has been filled and refilled with the preserve of Summer days.

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At five o clock our electricity went. Luckily we had lots of candles in stock. Dinner was cooked by candlelight on the gas hob…a hearty bean stew enjoyed in the shadowy flickering light.  I find candlelight so nice…softer and more atmospheric than the cold impersonal light from electricity. The old Irish people used to say that the spirits left the houses when electricity arrived.

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Amazingly the power cut only lasted about two hours for us. I know a lot of people in the south are still without electricity. Watching the TV news just now it seems they took the brunt of those high winds. Many trees down throughout Cork and Kerry. Lots of damage to buildings too. Thankfully no lives have been lost. The same storm is also battering the UK. England is now in the midst of a national crisis due to the severe flooding.   Another storm is forecast for the weekend. When? Oh when will it ever end?

Return of the Light.

1 Feb

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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.

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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.

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“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.

Sombre Sunday.

10 Nov

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A sombre day as we see images of distraught people and destruction in The Phillipines due to the most powerful storm ever recorded.  Is this Mother Earth’s call to us to stop abusing and destroying our Planet? Who will listen to her call? Or is it too late for us to change?

It is also Remembrance Sunday. The day when the dead of two World Wars are remembered.  As one watches world leaders lay wreaths one wonders why nothing changes…why the war mongers continue to prosper and create misery around the world?  Setting human against human…religion against religion. What purpose of it all?

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