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February 1, 2015

Snowdrops and Twisted Hazel. c. Karen McDonnell

Snowdrops and Twisted Hazel. c. Karen McDonnell

The first day of our Irish Spring, and it’s a broad smile of a day here in Ballyvaughan. There is a whisper of warmth in the sun, and that’s good enough for me.

So out I went in the jammies this morning to photograph the catkins on the twisted hazel, and the snowdrops bedded in underneath.

An old friend died a couple of weeks ago. At his funeral, his brother spoke of his love of poetry. So today I chose to read Paula Meehan’s  ‘Snowdrops’, from her collection, Painting Rain, published by Carcanet. I can’t reprint the poem here, obviously, but I’d urge you to seek it out.

Anois teacht an Earraigh.

Let the Spring in. Or, at least, leave the door ajar …

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