Slowing down to appreciate the beauty and spirit of Mayo

I took these pictures during the heatwave of my first summer back in Ireland, two years ago. Silver Strand beach in County Mayo. For centuries County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland was a victim of its isolation and it’s climate. Its population was devastated by famine and endemic emigration. It’s people have hewn, out of a difficult history, a resilience and a resourcefulness … Continue reading Slowing down to appreciate the beauty and spirit of Mayo

Blue sky and baltic at Seapoint

“The rivers reputation ends where the sea begins.” Russian proverb. The average water temperature in Seapoint in winter reaches 48.2 F which is 9 Celsius. We swam in 6. 2 Celsius yesterday. Brrrrr. We are into the coldest water temps of the year now in Ireland. The warmest average water temperature Baltic Sea in January is 39°F/3.9°C (in Gdansk), and the coldest sea surface temperature … Continue reading Blue sky and baltic at Seapoint

The path to happiness

“Covering up our emotional reality removes the power of Jesus in our lives. The cover up elevates our self-reliance.” Jean-Marie Jobs. Regulating my emotions in another Lockdown feels like a crucible. It hurts. However one of the most important tasks of growth is to understand how I hurt and suffer. Suffering is negative but it’s part of life. I ease mine by being in nature … Continue reading The path to happiness

‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park

Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original flag was owned by sea captain William Driver who flew the flag during his career at sea and then brought it to Nashville, Tennessee (sea) which is the sister city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a city with a massive ship building history. It was flying low today on my morning walk. … Continue reading ‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park