Summer Solstice– A Time for Gratitude

let us be happy

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  And while longest doesn’t mean the sunniest, it’s the day that the sun is at its northern most point in the sky and we receive the greatest amount of daylight hours of the year.  It was a rather dreary weather day here on the island but I didn’t mind. There was much to look forward to. 20150615_133231

This also being International Day of Yoga, my day started early with a free yoga class. What a blessing that the island has not one, not two, but three brilliantly talented and gorgeous yoga instructors.  Before leaving the house I chose an angel card.

Celebration Card–

The angels want you to know this is a light-filled time in your life…This is the time for you to fill your heart with a warm feeling of gratitude.

You are like a gardener who plants seeds and nurtures them because she has faith that her labors will yield new growth.”


Afterwards, I was led to look up a Sanskrit word, something that would follow the gratitude theme that was leading my day so far.  Hṛ́dya (herd-ya) means “being in the heart”— and also “inward, innermost, beloved, cherished, grateful”.  Perfect isn’t it?


Here in Ireland, and a bunch of other countries all around the world, it’s also Father’s Day.  We tend to not go over the top with holidays in our house, but still, it’s nice to show extra appreciation on occasions like this.  The children made cards and baked and gave Johnny extra cuddles and hugs.  He was only woken once by the children as he dozed in front of the television this early evening, and that was to give him a hug.


I was very touched by the facebook posts of friends and family.  My heart ached dearly for those who were missing their own dads, grateful for the time they had shared.  Still others knowing how fortunate they were to be near them on this day.  I celebrated both my dads, one who has passed and one still here on earth.


The flower photos are some of what is blooming in my garden now, taken earlier in the week.  I hope you enjoy their happy, sunny colourfulness, and that you also found joy and much to be grateful for in this day.  As it’s about to come to an end, so is this brief but heartfelt post.  Once again I close with these parting words–

Slán agus oiche mhaith, goodbye and good night. Melissa Xx


    • Yes, I am on fb under my blog name and pinterest too. Pinterest I may be under Melissa Clarke Gillan–don’t do enough there really. It would be lovely to meet up there though! So looking forward to reading your writings about Ireland. Talk soon Deirdre.


    • Hi Stan and thanks. We are all well here. This is the last week of school and then we enter into summer camp crazies. Always thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. How is the garden and your summer going?

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      • Just when it sounded like things couldn’t get busier for you…..summer camp is added to the list. 🙂 the kids must be excited about their summer break.
        Becky and I are doing great. The garden is coming in but we had a few unseasonably cold nights in May which I hope will not affect the seedlings too much. We lost a few items from it….but their is always more to drop in it’s place 🙂
        Sounds like Johnny has a nice fathers day!
        It’s been a while since I posted anything. Becky has been gently prodding me to write something. Our 27 year anniversary is coming up on the 24th…..maybe that will be a good topic.
        How are things coming along with your veggies and your job at the restaurant?
        Enjoy your day…say hello to Johnny!

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        • Happy Anniversary!!!! ❤

          All is well here. So much to do, so little time. We are trying to finish off a few things before we start anything new. But the list is growing… Hoping to find more that the children can be of help with.

          The garden is doing well, despite the weather being cool. It is a warm and sunny day today and I am weeding, which I enjoy very much. Work is good too. Very busy, though I am told I ain't seen nothing yet. Bring it on!

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    • Happy Solstice to you also Karina. Will you be celebrating bonfire night tomorrow eve? I think many parts of Ireland do. It is big here on the island. I hope to do a post on it– this weeks photo challenge word is ‘hot’ so it would work well. Just going with the flow though. Such a well deserved and beautiful day it is today. Surely you are out making the best of it. Enjoy!

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  1. Hello Melissa! I absolutely love your blog and I realized that it’s because of the way I feel after reading one of your posts. Your attitude toward nature, family, people in general, and life is fantastic and you have a way of making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The quote at the beginning is fantastic and the pictures are too. You’re surrounded by lovely colorful flowers––that’s awesome! 😀 xx

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  2. Aileen says:

    Hi Melissa. Wow! I have just discovered your blog thanks to Conor! Amazing! Your stories are written so beautifully! I recognise your face from the bunscoil. I was there with my daughter for the month of June. I’m interested in your summer sewing classes for my daughter. We are planning to return for a holiday in August. Maybe she could link up with one of your courses… Am I right in guessing you are MM’s mum?


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    • Hello Aileen. What a lovely surprise 🙂
      I am most definitely having sewing summer camp during August and am just working on the last details. Margaret Maeve over the moon about seeing your daughter again!
      As soon as I have the calendar posted with the info I will get it to you, in the next few days for sure.
      I hope you are enjoying your summer thus far. Today is just stellar 🙂
      Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind compliment. Talk to you soon then, Melissa


    • I have been trying to email you for days but my yahoo mail is inaccessible for some very frustrating reason! Just realized I could contact you here thankfully. I have posted the sewing camp days and hope they suit you. Could not do it any earlier because of football camp. I hope Muireann can make it to one. Margaret Maeve is really looking forward to seeing her either way–she is sitting aside me and says to pass along her hello 🙂
      Let me know if dates suit you and I will reserve her spot.
      Thanks and take care, Melissa



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