‘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