Heart and Soul ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 311

Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection
Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection

As the Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection here on Social Bridge enters its final week, I am becoming more and more amazed by the way in which blogging has the capacity to create bonds right across the world.

Thanks to Anne-Marie, who is an American woman with Irish ancestry, I have been introduced to the work of her  highly talented photographer friend, Rod Figaro, http://www.figaroimages.com and brought to bridges in Central Park, New York ~ a place I would dearly love to visit.

Central Park, New York.
Photo: Rod Figaro

I particularly like the way Anne-Marie talks about photography and her words resonate very deeply, especially when I think of  my late father’s vast collection:

As we know, it is the heart and soul of the photographer that shines through in the photographs that move us and connect us.

Cental Park, New York.
Photo: Rod Figaro 

Should you wish to participate in this Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection, please send me prose, poetry, artwork … anything that brings warmth and colour to your November life wherever you are. Please email me at jeantubridy@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


John F. Kennedy Arboretum ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 284

The John F. Kennedy Arboretum in Co. Wexford is one of the absolute gems of the South-East of Ireland and is a place that I have been visiting a few times a year since the early 1980s.  It is dedicated to the memory of J.F. Kennedy, President of the United States, whose ancestors came from nearby Dunganstown.

The Arboretum is a nature-lover’s paradise with its luscious 623 acres and over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from temperate regions around the world.


It’s a place I associate with a whole range of happy occasions, especially our son’s birthday parties, in late May, when he was a youngster with a gang of friends who loved the wild freedom, travelling around on a horse drawn carriage, the well-equipped playground, miniature railway, quaint cafe and souvenir shop …..

I’ve paid a few visits to the Arboretum in recent weeks to take in the Autumn tints and have also been very impressed with the J.F. Kennedy Exhibition which was launched there earlier in the year.

Here’s a glimpse of a place that offers beauty throughout the year and carves a special place in the heart.

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