Monday, 30 December 2013

Breathing Space.

So we have slipped past the longest night,
the storms that blew for days have abated, and we find ourselves out tramping the sodden mulchy pathways that criss cross the significant hills of our days. We have gathered together our families, eaten our fill, making merry til the long dark hours are forgotten, pushed aside by the rush of words we swap and share and weave together, for there are months of catching up to be done with those dear to us.

And here we find ourselves again, in the quiet time between the years, the lying low, the resting, mustering ourselves for the New Year to come. 
I find myself reflecting on this past, most eventful year, and looking forward down the path ahead to the exciting one to come. 
For the second year in a row I find myself standing looking into a great big Unknown - and last year did not disappoint. We didn't even know where we would be living by Christmas, this time last year, and now we are here we are amazed, for it is as though we have always been here. 

This year I was ~ packing up ~ losing India ~ leaving the marsh ~ moving house ~ attending weddings  ~  in Cork ~ at Inis Beg Estate ~ meeting friends ~ in Sligo ~ discovering Bray ~ climbing that hill ~ flying to Virginia ~ delving into caves ~ flying home~ swimming in the sea : Sandycove, White Rock, Killiney, Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, Silver Strand, Magheramore, Morriscastle Strand, Clogga Bay, Baginbun, Carnivan, Coral Beach Carraroe, Mullaghmore, Bundoran, ~ at Lough Key Forest Park ~ doing yoga ~ starting work ~ seeing our co-op shoot towards the sky ~ organising pop-ups ~ taking photos ~ making drawings ~ stitching ~ walking ~ cycling ~ reading ~ feeling very grateful and heart-full and excited about the coming year. 

I want to say thank you, to all you folks who have stuck by Milkmoon, despite this most sparse years of all. There is still more to be told here, and I am not done yet. So here's to 2014, and all that it brings.
So, Happy New Year to you all,
may 2014 bring you Enough.
Sending love to you wherever in the world you may be.



Mairéad said...

You've had the most wonderful year indeed. Hope there are more adventures and good things in store for you in 2014. Happy New Year.

ramona said...

Love hearing from you.
Blessings and happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Always good to hear and see the ramblings of the Motherland...all the best to you and yours, Ciara.

CJ Kennedy said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful scenery. Almost like stepping into a fairy world. May 2014 bring you more wonderful adventures

Mimi said...

What a list! You've had a busy year, in a good way.
I love that first photo, the purple colour of the path is really stunning.
Happy 2014 Ciara! I just know it will be a fab one for you and yours!

Anne said...

Happy new year!
Beautiful photos :)
Here's to more wonderful adventures