Meteorologists tell us that last night was the coldest night of our winter so far, with temperatures plummeting to -7. There is no increase in temperatures in sight.
Most of the country has recovered from recent snowfalls, but up here in Mullyash, we seem to enjoy a micro-climate all our own. Rarely is the weather the same at home, as it is just ten minutes’ drive away in my nearest town of Castleblayney. While the snow down in town is long gone, with daytime temperatures not rising much above zero, ours is still stretched out in a virgin sea of white.
I am always saying how lucky I feel to have found my old derelict forge some ten years ago, and how inspiring it is, to have views from the highest point in Co Monaghan over the whole county, as well as over Co Cavan and beyond.
This morning, when I went out to feed my hens, and bring them fresh water as their dish had frozen solid, I smiled to see the evidence of some other residents!
The sun was shining so brightly that I could have used a pair of sunglasses. The colours and the long shadows were fabulous. I can’t help but share the views I was treated to. This is the beauty of my Ireland on a cold, winter’s day.