NATURE NOTES - Carmelite Monastery - Knock, Tranquilla
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July 2019

We have renamed these beautiful flowers

‘Living Flames’

after St. John of the Cross’ poem.

They arrive on time for all the great Carmelite feasts in July!

They blend beautifully with the Orange Blossom and Poppies to provide fitting flower arrangments for the Chapel and house.

Our soft fruit provided rich pickings again this year

and the home-made elderflower cordial

has helped quench the thirst

of yet another hot summer!    

June 2019

Spirit of God – drawing forth the beauty of Creation to delight us – may this beauty refresh our hearts and souls!

We are doing our best to keep the bees in our midst!

Although we are unable to look after hives ourselves at present;

in our wild-life friendly grounds, we are providing accommodation for some

bees of the Beekeeper Club of Ballyhaunis, about seven miles down the road.

It is wonderful for us to be able to have bees around again

without the worry of swarms getting ready to flee the hive

just as the bell goes for Evening Prayer of Corpus Christi or the Sacred Heart!

May 2019

The variety of flowers, wild and ‘tame’ delight us.

and our rabbits are out and about with their young!


March / April 2019


January/February 2019

– Alas! some (seemingly) never-ending ‘flu

bugs are still with us

and our Nature Notes are

being unattended to at the moment.

The wind coming from the Atlantic

is wild, loud and ‘mighty’ (as we say in Mayo) 

and our hearts go out to all 

those sufferings from extreme weather of all sorts.

We continue to feed the many birds around the garden and their antics are a constant joy to us. 

October 2018

‘And just like that –  Summer fell into Fall!’

The Autumn leaves are pilgrims

Scurrying after the winds that toss them

Through the sky, and I, a pilgrim

Caught by the Spirit’s breath would fly

Heavenwards in glorious flight –

Poem for the feast of St. Teresa of Jesus by Sr. Teresa of the Trinity, Carmel of Terre Haute


An Autumn sky from our grounds

The beauty of Autumn is all around us and we can see what St. John of the Cross means

when he tells us: ‘God created all things with remarkable ease..

and in them He has left some trance of who he is.’

May we all take time to refresh our spirits 

with the beauty of nature

and may the lord give us eyes

to see the beauty in each other. Amen

September 1st. is World Day of Prayer for all Creation.

It raises our awarness of the fact of humanity’s stewardship of this Earth.

God has provided enough for everybody’s need

but our greed has upset the balance and

the Earth groans with the wounds of our misuse.

” Each creature has its own purpose.

None is superfluous.

The entire material universe speaks of God’s love,

God’s boundless affection for us.

Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were,

a caress of God.” – 

Pope Francis

Some Memories of Summer!

 Our grounds looked lovely as the flowers and trees flourished in the heat


We had bumper crops of raspberries and goosberries – so it was ‘All hands on deck’ – or at lest on the berries!


Our herb garden and Sister herbalist keeps us supplied with herbal teas.

 We really appreciated the thirst-quenching elderflower cordial her enthusiastic apprentices made for us during the heatwave.

        Now, her roses need attention –

              so she prayed for water  –

                        and she got it.

 We hope it is not the end of the sunshine!

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