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I got up just before Sunrise- to light the equinox black & white candles- we kept them going all day and night- right through to the following dawn.

I stood in the outdoor circle that my partner created for me a few years back, barefoot in the dew and watched and listened. As the Sun was slowly rising and the birds merrily singing- I could here the newly arrived lambs bleeting in the nearby field and the water rushing over the weir at the Canal further in the distance.

Blackbirds, Thrushes, Robins, Wrens, Crows, Magpies, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Green Finch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Linnets, Starlings, Sparrows and Gold Crests- could be seen and heard- what a wonderful Dawn Chorus they made.

A wonderful beginning to the Vernal Equinox- only marred by the fact I had to work- but returned home before Sunset to carry on with the celebrations. Hope you all enjoyed the Equinox. XxX Brightest Blessings.

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Well, what joy- my first 2 days of 2010 were initialy spent at work and nature decided to show its wondrous self to me. So today Sunday3rd as the family and I went for an afternoon stroll in the bright sunlit frosty air- a young adult fox appeared on the grassy path in front of us- stopped to take a sniff- then ambled off into the undergrowth. Further along on the canal siding- suddenly a Heron flew up from the bank a mere 10 feet in front of us. Very slow purposeful flight off to another less disturbed part of the canal- to carry on fishing.

I realise that we are lucky to live in this quiet rural area and should take more time to stop look and appreciate the joys of nature all around me. So much time is spent rushing from A to B- Workday/eve spent in an airconditioned stale air environment- getting stressed over trivial matters. What really matters is just being happy. My family make me happy- nature makes me happy- friends make me happy. We all need to make time to be happy.

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On my journey to work just as the day was dawning- a Brindle Goat trotted along the verge- stopping every now and then to munch on the frosty grass- The God in disguise. These past 2 days have indeed been magical as nature and all its wonders are revealed. Happy Happy New year- keep looking for the magic.

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Taken as a wonderful omen for the New Year- The Goddess showed herself to me this morning, just after sunrise. As I arrived into work- just looked out of the floor to ceiling reception window and about 3 feet in front of me was a gorgeous Hare. She looked around- stared at me for a while- twitched her nose, then hopped off across the grass- then ran at top speed back to the oak forest on the estate. It was a wonderful sight- magical indeed.

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Who needs a Chimney Sweep.

We seem to have our own natural chimney sweep- it’s called Starlings?  We have blocked the 2 fireplaces at the front of the house- only as a temporary measure as we will use them again in the winter. So they each have a huge piece of polystyrene in the main hole- which I then covered with a matching the room decor sheet of wrapping paper. So now the starlings have decided to get themselves stuck in the chimney breast and beat madly on the polystyrene to be let out. It has happened in both rooms now- so I am going to have to wait until they have finished rearing their second family and hope the teach them where not to go- before I reseal the chimney’s. I really can’t understand why a dark dank smelly and deep hole holds such fascination to them? Still so far no casualties- they have survived to tell the tale. Brightest Blessings.

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We had another fine day in the garden today. Plenty of planting and tending. The Honeysuckle is out and smells devine. My Iris’s are nearly there and the bee’s they are a buzzing. The Starlings on the other hand are completely bonkers- if they are not trying to break their necks flying into the windows they are flying down the blocked chimneys- which then have to be unblocked to reveal very sooty birds. Oh the fun we have. Brightest Blessings.

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One of the things that amaze me in Ireland are the way dogs behave. They are mainly outdoor dogs over here-very few people have house dogs. They guard their home & gardens very well- but they also chase cars. The first time we holidayed over here- I was scared we would run them over- but no – they seemed to have a nack at chasing without getting hurt. You don’t see many people walk their dogs- because they all seem to walk- run- chase for themselves. We have decided not to have one of our own- as we would have to leave it at home alone when we are at work and because we have always had dogs as part of the family- indoors with us- we would probably be seen as mad or eccentric. Brightest Blessings.

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