Sometimes Ireland is called ‘the emerald country’, and it is no wonder, it is called this way because of the regular rain, this green is always a most beautiful, fresh and profuse colour. Seen from the sky the landscape does look like an emerald jewel.
So it was no surprise that I found young green foliage today along the side of a country road. Though early in the year, there are signs of a rebirth, and of green in the hedgerows. The Fuchsia hedges have brown branches with here and there young leaves opening up. The ferns are enjoying this particularly wet winter, a delight for the eye, their lacy leaves unfurling with a vigour that would surprise you, though having said that, some of the leaves had fringes of brown.
Nature is waking up slowly, spring can start very early in South West of Ireland. Even the birds songs are changing just lately.
The lesser celandine plants are almost ready to flower.
A look back at a journey taken last September along the roads of West Cork, and the lovely surprise when we came across some forest, some very old trees, lots of beautiful Ferns also lined the road, there was an old gate, and a large ruin, but I am not sure what the history of it was, and now I am not even sure if it was the road between Bandon and Macroom, but I think that it was. It being September, it was autumn still, the road was littered with lovely shades of coloured leaves. It made this journey magical and beautiful.
A walk in the forest looking for Pine cones with my grandson today. During the morning the rain had made the leaves wet and shining. We did find quite a lot of small cones which were enthusiastically collected by Ruben. We also found Lichen, Toadstools, and Ferns, and lots of lovely coloured leaves. It is great to have the forest and beach close by as a walk will really clear the head, something I was in need of today. The fresh air is always an added bonus and much enjoyed. Nature is much appreciated, staying close to nature is so good for the soul.