Music To Our Ears

For the first time in months, there’s finally been enough rainfall to generate more than a wee trickle from the natural well that feeds our duck pond. Now that there’s a bit of water to spare, we can refill bins for watering the rest of the garden also. Yesterday’s rain was perfect. It started out light enough that the crumbly topsoil could well absorb it. This allowed the following hours of downpouring rain to infiltrate the soil deeply rather than just running off the earth’s surface, down to the sea.

Parts of Ireland have been experiencing a drought for the past few months. Here on the Aran Islands, we rely on rainfall to fill the tanks which provide household water. Since it hasn’t been raining and the supplies are so low, the water has been shut off in the evenings for a few weeks now. The thinking behind this decision is to ration water and also to stop any water waste that may be occurring from possible leaks in the lines.

When I walked out my front door last evening, it was both gratifying and magical to hear the rushing water added to the symphony of birdsong and rustling leaves played by nature.

Cheers, Melissa Xx


 “Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.”     Mary Webb


  1. E. Lisa Daly says:

    I love the music of Mother Nature’s band! Thank you once again for putting words to the thoughts and feelings in your heart.


  2. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, such a lovely sound, especially when it is very much needed. May the rains continue, may your wells and tanks be filled. And, of course, may the sun shine, too, for all that is green and growing.


  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    We haven’t experienced the drought you have. We did have 4 dry weeks in May but have had no shortage this month. Funny thing this weather! Glad your stores are restored 🙂


  4. Denis1950 says:

    A wonderful story but wow if we need to look for evidence of Global warming/Climate change then a drought on the West coast of Ireland has to be high. I picture rain most of the year from the books I have on your islands by Tim Robinson.


  5. BellyBytes says:

    I never imagined a drought in Ireland. And here I told my friend who’s visiting your country next week that it rains all the time and she’d better be prepared for wet wet and wet.


  6. Mujerárbol says:

    Oh, I was forgetting there was “some” draught in Ireland for the last months. Sorry for that, but… you know the cursing on “sunny” Spain. Draught is beginning to be a problem and we have got raised temperatures for weeks (past weeks more than 40º here). Now its sunny. No rain and fresh wind. Enjoy and kiss your rains, and the slight drumming of water in the ponds.


  7. Brenda says:

    I’m happy to hear that you finally got some rain. The sound of water in all its forms–raining, dripping, running, lapping–strikes some deep chord of satisfaction and happiness. Perhaps because it is so necessary to our life. Let’s hope you get your proper share for the rest of the summer.


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