Our wildlife friends
are not shy
about coming close
to ask for food in winter!
However, the short snowfall is past and
we seem headed towards an early Spring.
The garden is awake
with flowering quince already!
The snowdrops are putting
their heads above ground
and sholud be ahead of their
usual diplay date of February 1st!
May the wonder and beauty of Nature
lead us all to Praise and thank
the Lord of all Creation.
The magnificent December skies are hearalding Advent and Christmas
here in the ‘wild’ but lovely West of Ireland.
The light coming into our Chapel in the afternoon is breath-taking.
And God’s little creatures are
up and about at odd times!
We join with nature and ‘wait in hope’
for the Day Star – Jesus, born of Mary,
coming as gently as the Dawn
The dark evenings have creeped up on us
and Winter-Time is here once more.
It brings its own beauty
and the play of light and shadow is astounding.
The birds (small and big!)
need all the help we can give them
in this lean season.
We do our best and are rewarded
by the lovely antics of our feathered friends.
‘And just like that – Summer fell into Fall!’
Spring arrived early this year
and so has Autumn.
August boasted two full moons –
the second one called
‘The Blue Moon’ as it is so rare.
This brought us some thunderous downpours
which got the leaves moving from the trees before time.
Now September looks, (almost), like October!
September 1st. launched the ‘Season of Creation’,
an ecumenical initiative
that aims to increase awareness among Christians
of the need to protect our common home.
It runs from Sept. 1st. to Oct. 4th.
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi,
patron saint of animals and ecology.
We are even more determined to
Let us all Pray and Work to take care of the creation on our doorsteps!
Knock is no stranger to rain in August!
However, nature still delights us no matter the weather!
We have renamed these beautiful flowers
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!
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!
The variety of flowers, wild and ‘tame’ delight us.
and our rabbits are out and about with their young!
March / April 2019