Happy Celtic Spring! St. Brigid’s Day, February 1

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.

swim collage 21

I went out and did a few minutes of freestyle swimming; can’t risk being out too long in the cold water. I was too far out for our camera to capture well, besides it’s really not so interesting seeing a head bobbing in the water. I was out and it was fabutastic!!


  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    You beat me to the St Brigits day post! And there is no way I will be able to beat you going swimming! How brave you are to tackle the atlantic this time of year.

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    • Possibly ;). Growing up on the coast in Maine, never ever did the thought cross my mind to get in the ocean in February, or anytime other than 70+°F air temperatures. But, I am quite in love with the swim and the cold feels great to me.

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    • Ha, ha, no doubt!! I miss the snow, but don’t envy you with so much, so late in the year. You understand my reluctance at accepting Feb 1st as the start of spring. But, in the absence of snow, daffodils are already peaking their heads out here. Hang in there! Xx


    • It is rather cold, but that fact really hits you more when you exit the water, not while you are in it I just run right in and swim. No lollygagging about. I never ever have regretted the decision to go in, so it’s really mind over matter. Xx

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