Today was the official start of spring here in Ireland. This is a fact that took a bit of getting used to for me because it’s observed a full seven weeks earlier here than it is in the States. But I have conformed, and now happily greet the islanders on this day with a ‘Happy Spring’ or ‘Happy St. Brigid’s Day’ and, of course, a smile :). Here’s a link that has as many layers as an onion (actually only 7) on the history and culture of this celebrated day. It is well researched and written, and quite vivid and thorough, all this while being fairly concise.
It was an exceptionally sunny, calm, and warm-ish wintery spring day so I went swimming for only the second time in the last two months. There must be no wind and the sun must be shining, preferably between the hours of noon and two p.m. or it’s just too dangerous or cold. So there’s just a wee window of opportunity and today was perfect. The family tagged along and Johnny got a few snaps of my first swim of spring.