Light and Shade ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 188

Today has to be the hottest day of the year ~ and perhaps for many years ~ here in Tramore.  I was fortunate enough be able to go for a walk in shady Newtown Wood this morning and to follow that with a luxurious swim at sun-kissed Garrarus Beach.The contrast between the two settings made me think of the evocative inscription on a family memorial in Mount Congreve Gardens.

Mount Congreve Gardens, Co. Waterford

While  the words  Light and shade by turn but love always  are  perfect words for a passionate plantsman like Ambrose Congreve,  they also have a depth that emphasises the absolute importance of ‘love’ in human existence.

I wonder is anything more fundamental than love?