MAGICAL WINTER WALK January 7, 2021January 7, 2021 | gaiainaction First I would like to wish all my friends and followers a beautiful new year ~ Let 2021 be a year filled with hope, many blessings, happiness and good health. That is my wish for everyone of you. My walk took me around our little town on the ring road, this road is relatively new and is flanked with interesting shrubs. It also gives lovely views towards the town and behind it some the hills that surround us. At some stage the road crosses the river Ilen. The view is always spectacular, the river is tidal, today the tide was high which saw the sun sparkling in the water. Red twig Dogwood in leafRed twig Dogwood during winterOne of the lovely shrubs along this road is the Red twig Dogwood, it is vibrant and adds bright colour to the otherwise bare branches all around. I have added this shrub to my garden plan for this coming planting season, I read that one of the varieties needs lots of moisture and it may well help to solve some of our waterlogged problems. It would also add great interest. Type of fir Budding soon Beautiful blue skyFrost still where shadow livesWe have been enjoying sunshine and very cold weather which is a bit unusual for West Cork area but is so lovely and healthy too. The sky was so blue the day I took these photos, a delight to the eye. Fir treeWillow catkinsCrystals shimmering in the rockAnd then to my surprise I found some willow catkins, nature sure is slowly waking up. On the way back to the car I noticed the sun was lighting up the crystals in the stones of the wall I passed, these quartz crystals are seen regularly in our stone walls and I’m always delighted to see them. They are a little camera shy though, I can never seem to take a good photo of them, nothing that does them justice as they are so beautiful. I am hoping that you all stay healthy and happy during these frequent lockdowns. Sending you all much love. Let 2021 be a year full of hope and happiness.