Foxford River Fest

It was not bad, weather wise this weekend so we went along to the River Fest alongside the River Moy in Foxford Co Mayo. We had a lovely time. I really enjoy wandering around looking at crafts stalls where I can watch and see wonderful crafts and produce that some gifted people can achieve and at Foxfords River Fest I was not disappointed.

edible food

Beside the river leading to the River Fest craft village there were some talented young buskers and a number of pots containing edible food showing what can be grown in containers and that you do not need acres of land or even a garden to grow fruit and vegetables.

bush craft

A stall offering day courses in the experience of bush craft, I like the wood spirits.

blacksmith

A Blacksmith firing up the forge.

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Lovely pottery work – lovely blue colour.

hand craft wood

This work was one of my favourite, beautiful handcraft wood, many were made from sycamore trees. I fell in love with the candle wall mount.

Birds

The local falconer brought along some magnificent birds

little beauty

this was a friendly photo poser little chap with bells on his toes and he will have music where ever he goes.

owl eyes

is not?-  the wise owl eyes  a magnificent orange colour.

honey bees

And where there are birds there are bees, I bought a jar of honey the bee keeper said it was a bad year for the bees they were unable to produce much – if honey is not precious enough.

spun wool

A lovely lady named Rebecca brought her spinning wheel and her wonderful wool to the craft village. She does not sell her wool by number code but by the sheep’s name, it’s that lovely, I bought wool from “Pretty Girl.” so thank you sheep Pretty Girl, I must set too and knit a scarf and hat for the winter.

brass band

The brass band played while I strolled along and I ate a tasty local sourced beef-burger, delicious.

wicker salmon

there was much to see and enjoy also there was art work along the riverside – a wonderful wickerwork salmon, which the River Moy is known worldwide for its salmon.

 

Dandelion Clock. Monday Moment

Dandelion clock

“Like the dandelion clocks, all blown and dispersed on the wind, my life has evaporated into the emptiness of a dream; for which I blame my betrayer, that dubious stranger wearing the mask of a once-loved face.” – Anna Kavan

The dandelion seed head is an excellent barometer. In fine weather the seed ball extends to fluffy and feathery full. When rain approaches, it shuts like an umbrella, only opening when the danger from the rain is past. Looks like dry and fine weather for this Monday.

Lonely Bridge

windy gap bridge

I came across this beautiful bridge on the way to the Windy Gap set off about five hundred metres from the main road from Castlebar. It spans a river on an old roadway that is now less travelled, if at all. If the bridge could talk, I wonder what it could tell us of the people and their journey from long ago.

The wisdom of bridges is that they knew both sides.

 People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

Midsummer’s Day

cotton wool clouds

Midsummer’s Day, the longest day of the year with cotton wool clouds slowly crossing the sky this morning at Haremoon cottage.

strawberry flowers

Strawberries are only yet in flower much slower in developing into delicious fruit this year, I will just have to be patient and wait.

robin sunning

This little robin is sunning herself on my compost heap.

bonnie daisies

While, Bonnie seeks out bees among the daisies.

baby robin

This baby robin watches very closely the ground for bugs while I am weeding.

rainbow clouds

The sun moves higher in the sky casting rainbow colours amongst the clouds.

lazy summer days

Have a great midsummer and many more slow and lazy summer days.

The Cuckoo is still calling in Co Mayo

blue sky jet

Brilliant blue sky today in County Mayo, weather is good and it is promised to continue all week the folks in the jet are going to miss it.

golden buttercup

A dazzling golden Buttercup turns its face to the early morning sun.

herb robin

As does, Herb Robin.

 

speedwell

And Speedwell peeps through the grass.

purple orchid

So to this beautiful Purple Orchid and as I walk around the garden this morning the cuckoo is still calling her tune.

“The Cuckoo comes in April
She sings her song all May
in June she changes her tune
And July she flies away”

busy bee

And all around there is bird song and humming of busy bees.

salad days

Here’s hoping there are plenty of salad days to come.

 

 

Blackbirds Nesting.

blackbird city

Still quite misty today in County Mayo as we say “it’s a soft day” There are a number of different birds nesting in the garden and sheds at Haremoon Cottage.  This year we have two Swallow nests in the garage so that’s a no go area at the moment and three Blackbirds nests in far side of the turf shed.

The photo is not great but I do not like to go too near as it may disturb them.

“The blackbird closely sits upon her nest to hide her young brood from the rainy day.” John Clare.

mama bringing it home

Mum Blackbird is kept busy feeding her young she has a good catch of insects for her brood.

Blue Monday Moment

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Heavy Showers this morning at Haremoon Cottage and it is quite cool for the month of May here in Mayo.

IMG_9345the yellow flowers have given way to all blue flowers at present.

IMG_9344though the flowers are blue and the weather is cold wet and windy

IMG_9334I am not feeling blue.

Harry Clarke Colour and Light

H Clark Newport

It is wet and windy here in County Mayo this weekend. To save ourselves from suffering cabin fever we decided to go and do something that I had meant to do for years. Isn’t it funny how you leave off going to see or do something that is on your own doorstep?

So for the first time, we finally went to St Patrick’s Church, Newport, Co Mayo to see Harry Clarkes (1889-1931) stained glass window called the “The Last Judgement” or as often called “The Three Sisters” as it is in fact made up of three equal sized windows in the east wall above the alter.

The first light depicts a seated Mary surrounded by six saints and cherubs with more saints and angels on their way to heaven depicted in the lover part of the window. In the centre light it shows Christ in judgement of the souls of the dead. The right light depicts St Patrick in green robes surrounded by saints while lower in the panel depicts the unworthy souls cast down to hell.

H Clark faces

The Newport church “The Last Judgement” stained glass window was commissioned by Canon McDonald and was paid for by the priests own life insurance policy of £800.  This was the last work conceived and designed by Harry Clarke and executed by his studio under his close supervision.

H Clark faces male

Apart from numerous church stained glass commissions Harry Clarke was also a well known book illustrator. Clarke produced illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Goethe’s Faust, two editions of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination and an anthology of poetry, The Year’s at the Spring, and two sets of book illustrations for whiskey distillers Jameson’s of Dublin.

 

Harry Clarke ran foul of the very catholic and conservative values of the new Irish state in 1925 with his depiction of “The Geneva Window.” The Irish Government commissioned Harry Clarke to create a window for the International Labour Court in Geneva. The window depicted scenes from the literature of many of Ireland’s influential writers of the twentieth century, Yeats, Joyce and O’Casey. However Harry Clarke also included depictions of scantily clothed women who oozed eroticism and sexuality. The window was never installed in Geneva and it was locked away in Government Buildings until the late 1980’s. Today it is on permanent exhibition at the Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, USA. What a terrible loss to Ireland.

h clark red

However thank goodness for Canon McDonald in late 1920’s and Newport Church County Mayo for the commissioning and keeping of the magnificent stain glass window depicting all the imaginative genius and superb craftsmanship by Harry Clarke.

harry clark blue

The photographs do not do justice to the wonderful deep rich colours or in showing the delicate figures and faces with deep expressive eyes. I cannot make my mind up, do I like the brilliant jewel like blue colour or the vibrant red… think it might be the blue…

 

H Clark upside down

Point of note… the figure positioned upside down with the unworthy souls cast down to hell it the right light under St Patrick is a self-portrait of Harry Clarke.