My Ireland

I have been really bad at keeping my blogging going this last while. It’s not that there’s anything getting in the way of it. Rather, I feel a bit inhibited because I am acutely aware that everyone is being affected very differently by Covid19 right across the world and many are suffering terribly.

My Ireland is doing okay but we’re treading very carefully as there was a horrible rise in the infection number yesterday after what seemed like a very good outlook.

This morning, as July comes to a close, I am looking out at thick fog and heavy rain. I totally accept Irish weather because it’s what gives us our greenery and as life moves on I feel that sunshine is a state of mind and heart and not just weather-related.

The sun shines for me when life is calm and those I love are healthy and happy. What good is a bright sunny day when one’s heart is heavy.

So, wherever you are, I hope there is sunshine in your heart and, if not, I hope you can see that storms do pass eventually.

Take care,


The Anne Valley, Co. Waterford

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.

20 thoughts on “My Ireland”

  1. Thank you for acknowledging what we do not always say. Empathy is one of the most important traits I think. Be well. The photograph of the Anne Valley is like therapy, leading to calm.

    1. Hi Suz,
      Yes empathy is key.
      I’m glad the photo brought calm. It’s my go-to place when I simply have to be with nature. If I turned the other way, there’s the most glorious beach that the river runs into. Bliss!

  2. A lovely post, Jean. Do not feel bad about not blogging. It is a personal choice, anyway (as you know how I feel). And sending your sunshine to our hearts is plenty wonderful. I send you mine.
    That picture is outstanding (as per!)
    Let us all hope this virus situation comes to an end sooner rather than later.

    1. Dale,
      Thanks for your kind words. Yes I know blogging is a personal choice but still it deserves more than just the odd nod. So hard to get the balance.
      There certainly seems to be huge efforts to get a vaccine so fingers crossed for better times ahead.

      1. To think you used to blog daily! I didn’t know how you did it then 😉
        I think if all you have in you is the odd nod at this point, then that’s good enough.
        Yes, let us hope everyone bands together to get the vaccine up and running and tested.

  3. We need your words of joy, comfort and normalcy. All is well in my part of Houston, TX, but not for everyone here. Thanks for continuing to share the peace.

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Good to hear your part of Texas isn’t too bad. The US is getting a lot of coverage over here and it’s difficult to know about very specific places so we worry about everyone.
      Take care.

  4. So lovely to see your blog as we say goodbye to July. Glad all is good in your Ireland, our new Ireland, perhaps. After months of cocooning, just back from a wild holiday in Donegal wilderness, far from crowds just breathing fresh air. Some days were very wet, but the sun shone in hearts that were safe and free! Wondering where I can find such safe freedom again and some one told me that a certain place that you love is full of empty space, so may wander over in the next few weeks. Stay safe! A

  5. Hi SV, delighted to hear you had such a great escape to your beloved Donegal.

    Yes, that lovely Waterford haven is open. Let’s try to go there late August or early September when the place will be more like itself crowd-wise.

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