Today was the last spring day in Ireland, tomorrow the first of May Summer is starting! It was a glorious day, as we sat outside eating lunch I noticed all of a sudden that there was a beautiful halo around the sun, I’d never seen this before, plenty of time around the moon but never around the sun, so grabbed my camera and took some pictures.
And as is the tradition in the land of Flanders, tomorrow is the day when husbands and lovers give a bunch of ‘meiklokjes’ or Lily of the Valley, to their sweethearts. Mine are just about opening up in the garden, I adore their scent, and they do look beautiful too.
So wishing everyone a great May Day. I know that it is celebrated here in Ireland too, and it is a bank holiday. May it be a lovely weekend for everyone.


‘Lily of the Valley’, or in Flemish ‘Meiklokje’


      1. In Germany summer only starts around 21st of June, Agnes. We still have to wait a little. It is still a little cold here, but at least sunny. I wish you a wonderful summer, too, regards Mitza

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      2. Mitza, we have had heavy rains and wind the last few days, quite chilly too. My partner and I were away to a very remote peninsula called the Beara peninsula where he has an old house, we are doing up the barn, it was wicked in the rain, and very exposed to the Atlantic Ocean! Very invigorating! The rain has brought out all the green, now it’s so lush and fresh in the country 🙂


      3. That sounds wonderful to be at such a place and having an old house, Agnes. Here it was very warm today, 25 degrees C. But some minutes ago we had such a tempest that I thought the world would go down. Really frightening. I’m taking walks through the garden every day and after the rain everything is lush and fresh here, too. 🙂

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    1. Yes it is like Beltaine in Britain. While I am not sure as to the exact meaning, I am interested enough to try and find out. Most people used to put May leaves on the windowsills and at the doors for the first of May, but other than that I see no celebrations, I must dig deeper 🙂

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