The Sacred pause

Springtime Blessings all. My thoughts are slowly thawing as daylight lingers longer, and morning footsteps awash in sun beams  lead back to the mossy hillside path. The snowdrops are joyfully singing in the dawn along with the songbirds while the trees stir in a barrage of loud whispers on our windswept hill. If I remain…

A Summer of monochrome and fairy lore

my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-9) this week was this lovely butterfly at one of my hanging baskets. I had no idea that internet connection might be a problem from time to time when you live outside of town!! but that means I actually get to go out more! and when days are…

Monochrome Madness 4-2- Movement

Visit Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Gallery (May 3)~ My submission is The Windy Wicklow Way In the Wicklow Mountains at Glendalough there is the site of an ancient monastery founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century.  Around 1042 Norsemen used the timber in Glendalough to build the second largest Viking Long Ship (Havhingsten fra Glendalough). _____________________________________________________________ and…

Just so you know I’m still alive!

Some of you may have noticed my absence lately due to other more onerous duties, a temporary illness, and some time taken to decide which direction I want to go with my stories and art. I won’t deny that I have been suffering with some anxiety and inertia this winter Worst of all, I have been without a…

Monochrome Madness (3-12) and other views

The next two months will be busy ones as I at last am moving! I’ll be out further into the suburbs- off a country road, on a hillside! So as I am not posting as frequently I will combine my post again with Leanne’s theme and my own theme of views from different places.  For…

St. Patrick’s Day Tribute

I hope you all had an Irish wonderful day as I did listening to  music at our local Irish pub. Here are some Irish quotes from great Irish minds to cheer you!   “Many people die of thirst but the Irish are born with one.”– Spike Milligan “Being Irish he had an abiding sense of…

Rainy day postcards

Oh I am very pleased to announce that one of the museums is using an image I took of Craigdarroch Castle for a history panel about the Vancouver Island 19th century Coal Baron, Robert Dunsmuir.  I suppose if I don’t have one in an art gallery then a museum is not a bad alternative! and while…

A dream of the highlands and monochrome madness

I’m always rushing to catch up these days with everything happening at once, so I will combine two posts in one! “Where danced the moon on Monan’s Rill” It is a breathtaking road along the Great Glen(An Gleann Mòr) from Loch Ness to Loch Linnhe through the misty mountains, meadows and moors. I took this shot at…

Monochrome Madness 2-27

I must apologize.  Somehow WordPress changed my settings or else I did something unwittingly, and all my email notifications were turned off. I wondered why my email box was empty!  I’ve tried to reset them today! So here was my offering to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness theme of country! The Isle of Skye is the…

Ghostly Hymns

This is the month for all things ghostly and Ed Mooney is having his Spooktacular  challenge for Samhain and Hallow’s Eve.  I will be searching my archives or taking a John Adams Ghost Tour through Victoria in the hopes of coming up with more sites and events suitable. In the meantime I’m gearing up with…

Beaches of County Kerry

Not back to form yet! However, here are some sublime places to visit. If you don’t like the weather in Ireland just wait five minutes –  similar to the West Coast where I live! I have come home to rain and more rain and no lovely break in the clouds such as we experienced in…

Two Amazing Places

Along with the weather, so is the internet- Iffy!!! I am often disconnected when trying to post or comment in the evenings so will keep this short. I have so many more I will post including Dublin and Kerry. the first was for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-24

Monochrome Madness

My entry for Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness 31   and as Hallow’s Eve will be coming soon!!

Muckross Abbey

Killarney and County Kerry are beyond beautiful!! An area of high mountain peaks, glass lakes, a huge national park, dramatic coast and rolling hills it truly is like stumbling upon a magical Oz. When I return home I will organize my photos but for now I remain very taken with the wonderful and historic site of Muckross  Abbey…