The thing I love about Spring in Ireland is that it bursts forth in a flurry of romantic, spring-time cliches. Misty, soft, rain? Check. Rainbows? Check. Frolicking lambs? Check. Flowers? But of course….
Throw in a pheasant crowing at the crack of dawn and you know that Spring has definitely sprung!
Over the last several days I’ve been awakened by a mysterious sound. The noise was like a cross between a chicken clucking and a rooster changing his mind halfway between a crow and a chortle. An early morning glance out of a misty window revealed a beautiful male pheasant happily nibbling away at the grassy seed heads by the fence. In some mythologies the pheasant is a solar animal and a harbinger of spring. It was my hope that our friendly alarm clock was announcing some sunny weather to come.
Sure enough, the sun shone brightly and the misty storm clouds rolled away over the distant hills. The land is gently greening but I know that, with a few more days of sun, the hills will be lush with emerald grass and flowering golden gorse.
One thing I learned about taking photographs in Ireland is that you always want to keep your camera at the ready. A moment after taking a photo of the storm clouds rolling away under the advancing sun, a rainbow suddenly appeared in the view finder. (Given that the rainbow appeared right in our front yard, in hindsight I wonder if I should have put the camera down and gone seeking for that elusive pot of gold…?)
One of the most delightful things about this time of year is the arrival of the lambs. If you ever need to de-stress I honestly urge you to find a field of ewes and their babies on a sunny day and enjoy the view. There is something so uplifting about watching the little ones sleeping and playing in the grass, such a scene can’t help but put a smile on your face.
“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
Happy Springtime Everyone!