Sheelagh’s Day

Yesterday, March 17th, was St Patrick’s Day, which honours a Christian saint who amongst other things drove the snakes out of Ireland (more on this later). Today, the 18th of March is Sheelagh’s Day: another Irish celebration though shared by other Celtic and North Eastern Atlantic peoples. Sheelagh’s Day, or the Day of the Hag,…

Pale Bones

The rains have been here, washing everything down. The tops of the trees must be thoroughly clean by now, the branches rinsed of their squirrel scat, the trunks free of any dust they may have accumulated. The ground too is clean – in parts. I traipse through muddy shallows, my skirts soaked above my boots…

Winter reflections

With the darkening nights and the chill in the air, the year is preparing to breathe her last sigh. She’s readying herself to lie down in the cool moist earth, wrap herself over in leaves and reunite with the great mother. Do you feel it too? The desire to slow down, take stock and settle in,…