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!
Here you’ll see where a nice fat bird crossed the path of a passing hare. I wonder if they met and shared an early-morning chat?
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.
Unbeknownst to most people, there’s a whole secret world full of busy, busy people at this time of year. All around the planet, toy makers, card makers, designers and craft workers are beavering away in a land of tinsel, holly, Santa, snowflakes and sparkles.
For the last few weeks, I’ve joined the ranks and turned my creative attention to the forthcoming holiday season… Is it too soon to use the ‘C’ word?!
Admittedly, in Ireland, we don’t get great weather, and the summer season was a write-off, but nevertheless, there’s no sign of winter outside. Yet, inside, I’m dreaming of a Christmas tree, heavy with decorations, glistening near a log fire… of mittens, woolly hats and scarves keeping little children warm while they play outside in the snow… of frosty nights, starry skies, and counting the number of sleeps ’til the Big Man himself pays his visit!
My studio has become a hive of festive activity, even though it’s only September! And, I’m getting into the spirit of it all… here’s a sneak peek at the results so far!
Little fused glass holly decorations, just coming out of the kiln!
If you’d like to get your hands on my little decorations, you can order them on Etsy … Happy Holidays!!