Hope Springs Eternal

I just tossed everything aside today and went out to greet Spring or should I say that she came to greet me?

First stop was what I’ve christened the ‘Primrose Road’ where the view of the fields was greener than green:

Green Green Grass of Home
Green Green Grass of Home

and there they were:

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Sweet Scented Primroses

Out by Fenor Bog, one word on a magnificent woodcarving in the graveyard of Fenor Church caught my eye:

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Hope is something we all need in life and I guess that each and every one of us has a duty to spread as much hope, in even the tiniest ways, to try and ease the way for those who are caught in a quagmire of hopelessness. That quagmire can seize any of us in the blink of an eye.

Nature was certainly playing her part in singing hope for me today. Is any sight more uplifting than clusters of snowdrops …

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and what about the loving scent of hyacinths:

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Ferns ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 57

One of the sights of spring in Ireland  that gives me the greatest joy is that of ferns unfurling.  Ferns always seem to be so humble and to be used as mere ‘greenery.’ But it is in the woodland that they shine and reveal their intricate design, especially when light and dewdrops are playing with them.

So often, they remind me of people ~ people whom we may tend to take for granted but whose contribution to the quality of life is incalculable. I can certainly think of many, many people who thrive in the shade, never seeking the limelight, but who are at the very heart of what brings hope and happiness  into the world.  Somehow the sight of unfurling ferns makes me appreciate them all the more!

Ferns at Newtwon Wood, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Ferns at Newtwon Wood, Tramore, Co. Waterford