A Day of Gathering
It was perfectly calm on both Inis Mor and across the bay in Connemara today. With storms dropping nearly 3 1/4″ of rainfall this month, the cloudless sky and calm seas were most welcome. I thought about recording the morning bird song but decided to just relax and enjoy.
Johnny and I went clamming around midday but had no luck. The gentle breeze was pushing the water towards the shore just enough that the tide line was never quite low enough. Instead, I gathered shells to make a mosaic and he harvested mussels for dinner, a nice substitute for the razor clams.
A few years ago Johnny and the children made mosaics and one of their pieces of art has since dwelled in our garden. Yesterday I noticed it’s even more beautiful because of moss growing in the furrows and that’s what inspired me to make another. I also have a bucket of tile and sea glass to create mosaic with that we’ve all collected over many years.
Afterwards, I cut willow to make something artistic for the outside front wall of the house. Remember our autumn bird feeder wreath and the Christmas wreath? They were both made from the same willow base which is now stored in the shed until next autumn. I’m hoping to make a St. Brigid’s cross for the spring. I say hoping because the willow may not be pliable enough to completely fold onto itself without snapping. We’ll see. If that doesn’t work, I have a plan B. I’ll know more this week when I give it a try and will tell how it goes. Here are some pictures of the St. Brigid’s cross I made for inside our house a week and half ago aside the fresh cut willow, and a chicken.
Of all the things we gathered today, we are feeling fortunate that rain was not one of them. It was a much needed day of complete sunshine, the first we’ve had in months. It really lifted our spirits to spend the entire day outside.
I hope wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, your day is going (or went) just wonderfully.
Good night and sweet dreams my friends!