A Visit to Mara Island Heritage Farm

Sometimes we take for granted the most lovely things that are on our own doorstep and we don’t take time to visit them so today I decided to be a tourist and walk the Gleann Loop and then visit Fiona Mac Lachlann’s Mara Island Heritage Farm. I was very much in luck because Fiona was just about to go about feeding the animals.  First we went off to see the pigs Mela and Madhu, with their family of very cute and well fed banbhs (piglets).

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Cape Clear Creators

Cape Clear Island is one of those places that is so lovely that it seems to inspire creativity and Marianne Ross  is one of a vibrant community of creators residing on Cape. Marianne’s work is informed by the striking beauty of the wild Atlantic sea-scape that is ever changing.  Marianne creates handcrafted items for children and adults that really are Made in Cape Clear.

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“.. there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats'

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing' he went on dreamily: 'messing -- in -- boats; messing”

― Kenneth Grahame


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Bring in the green on the May Day

Bringing in the green on May Day was a common yet lovely tradition around here, the idea was that by bringing greenery and the blue flowers of the periwinkle or Vinca Major you would also be bringing in good luck to the house. The tradition is ancient and even the Romans celebrated the Roman  goddess of flowers and vegetation, Flora from April 28th to May 3rd! Other piseogs incuded the fanciful notion that washing one's face in the dew on May Day morning would result in astounding beauty, no need for plastic or serums then! 

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