Archive for May, 2014

May 26, 2014

The Beach House

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It’s been a while since we have been to any of the beaches in East Cork.  The house above is in a wonderful location not too far from Garryvoe, a place that we often used to make a trip to when we lived nearby.  It’s a quiet, isolated location and would make a wonderful place to retreat to, a perfect weekend or holiday home.  Although it is up for sale, by the looks of things it would need a lot of work.  It would be lovely to think of somebody buying it who has the time and resources not only to repair it but to enjoy it as well…

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May 9, 2014

Mizen head cliffs

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Back in mid March we took a trip down to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most south-westerly extremity.  It was a lovely clear day but quite cold and very windy (our youngest son lost his hat over the edge of the cliff during a particularly strong gust!).

The above view was well worth the climb to get there.  The transatlantic route lies just south of here and this is the last view of Ireland for the seafarer heading west.  It is not difficult to imagine the emotion that many must have felt as they stood on deck, making their way to a new life in a new world, excited by the new beginnings that lay ahead but sad at all that they were leaving behind…

May 3, 2014

Joy

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They are just some Tulips in a kitchen window, but I marvelled at how beautiful they were. One word came into my mind as I looked at them: “Joy”.

They seem to be radiating light and beautiful colour; perhaps it is not going too far to see them as an act of worship, pointing the viewer to the landscape beyond and ultimately to the Hand that made it all…

C. S. Lewis described nature as “a medium of the real joy”*, in other words a way in which God conveys to us all the wonder that is found in Him. His beauty is reflected in His work; the great Artist longing for us to love not only his nature, but Him…

*”Surprised by Joy”, Fount paperback edition (1977), p.66