Sunshine and Celebration ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 229

This marks the 400th post here on Social Bridge and I’m delighted to be able to celebrate with both accepting and passing on The Sunshine Award. I was thrilled to be honoured with the Award by Roberta McDonnell.

RULE 1: Link back to your nominator. 

Well, I have the greatest pleasure in linking to Roberta Mc Donnell’s  brilliant blog

It seems so right to be nominated by someone called Roberta because my absolute favourite book as a child was one in which the heroine was called Roberta, and Bobbyfor short. I spent endless hours mouthing the name Roberta and wishing that I could have that name so that I could be like the one and only girl called Bobby that I’ve ever come across.

Rule 2: Display the Sunshine Award image as you see below:

image of yellow sunflower representing sunshine blogger award

Rule 3: List Ten Random Things about Yourself

I love Roberta’s approach to this ‘not so easy’ task which was to let her mind wander to the links to sunshine that came to her.  So here are mine:

1.  I love swimming in the sea at both sunrise and sunset. There is an added dimsension of a golden path across across the water that lends warmth, inspiration and hope, no matter what the time of year.

Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford at Sunrise

2.  I would go as far as to say that poetry is a form of  ‘sunshine’ to me. I started a poetry thread on Linkedin almost two years ago now and it is a place where I always find sunshine among my fellow poetry lovers. Here’s a piece I wrote about it after the first 9 months.

3. There are lots of songs about the sun, but Seasons in the Sun, sung by Terry Jacks, is the one that wraps itself around my heart:

4. My favourite lines of poetry that relate to the sun come from W.B. Yeats’ The Song of Wandering Aengus:

Though I am old with wandering

Through hollow lands and hilly lands,

I will find out where she has gone,

And kiss her lips and take her hands;

And walk among long dappled grass,

And pluck till time and times are done

The silver apples of the moon,

The golden apples of the sun.

5. As a Medical Sociologist, I feel that there are many rays of sunlight about health issues in ‘blogland’ and these will be reflected in some of my nominations for the Sunshine Award.

6. Yellow is the colour that I most associate with sunshine and, for me, primroses are the epitome of that colour of hope, Springtime and my late mother who had such a passion for these beautiful flowers.


7.  The place where I think sunshine is most evident  is in smiling eyes.

8. A long standing joke in our family related to an evening my parents were out for a walk, when my sister was two. Father said to Mother:  A little sun won’t cost us anything,’ as he crossed to the sunny side of the street. My beloved brother was born about a year later!

9. My own little ray of sunshine is now 18 but I still love this photo, taken when he was about two.


10. Sunshine is all about inspiration, colour and creativity. I really have no excuses, having been given this handmade ‘sunflower’  pen by a dear friend.

Sunflower Pen
Sunflower Pen

My nominees for the Sunshine Award are as follows ~ they are blogs which impress me greatly and which are from across a wide spectrum in terms of geography and subject matter. I truly hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

14 thoughts on “Sunshine and Celebration ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 229”

  1. Hi Jean ……was reading through your post , loving the pictures (especially the one of your little boy) and poetry!! I was surprised to see that you nominated my blog. Thank you so much, you are so kind. Looking forward to participating. Have a great day………Marie x

  2. Congratulations and nice sunshine observations Jean – love the Yeats snippet. Thank you so much for the nomination though I’ll be more interested in checking out your other nominees’ blogs.

    1. Thanks Roy! But …. I’d love to see what someone living in Jersey whose heart is in Ireland would have to say about themselves, sunshine and what blogs you’d nominate. Give it a blast!!!

  3. Thank you once again Jean! I am so honoured!

    Another fantastic blog post and pictures, just want to keep on watching and reading it!

  4. My goodness – I am humbled to be is such illustrious company – thank you so very much for nominating my scribbles. Hope to have time in the next few days to be able to go through all that is required. Thank you SO much

    1. Hi SV, you may call them ‘sribbles’ but that’s not how they are perceived and I know for sure that I’m not alone in that!!!
      The ‘all’ that’s required is a fun. I suggest waiting for a rainy day and then you’ll feel the sunshine blazing all round you. That suggestion reminds me of a very posh red umbrella with a lovely wooden handle that I got one year for my birthday in October. I was all excited about using it and divil a drop of rain for months!
      Enjoy it, whenever you go about it.

  5. Congratulations, Jean, and your post is very lovely, with your poetry and reading about you and of course, your little boy. That photo is sunshine in itself. Thanks for sharing…Lauren

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