‘Fine feathers make fine birds’ Renee McCracken💐
Nestled amongst scattered fields and an apple & pear ladened orchard, a red brick water tower overlooks the treetops which line an overgrown train station platform. The beautiful old train station, now my grandmother’s sweet home has hosted her, her family, her business and so many memories. Read more on her up on the blog ☝🏼
Seen not in sunny, tropical Bali (or in any of the South-East Asian countries that this style of sculpture would suggest) but in the lovely gardens of Glenveagh Castle in the cold and windy ( my tropical blood turned to ice!), rugged but stunningly beautiful landscape of Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Isn't this the most deliciously surprising juxtaposition ever! Where else but in a garden, right? Somehow gardens embrace everything and blend and merge till what you see is something that looks like it was always part of the landscape.
A year ago, I had spent some of the most incredible days in Ireland with some of my closest friends from college. The 13 of us (plus 1 who couldn't make it to Ireland) were all from different batches in college from freshmen to seniors, and now live in 5 different countries across the globe. But the fact that we had all lived in the hostel together and suffered through years of unpalatable food and unreasonable curfews and yet still had wonderfully fun times, created a sisterhood that has just grown stronger over the years. No matter what happens, I know they will always have my back, as I will have theirs.
And this is exactly what happens in a garden. Studies and books ( do read 'The hidden life of trees' by Peter Wohlleben. It's a real eye-opener!) have revealed the strong network that that exists among trees where they actually communicate with each other. Fungal networks underground are the couriers of messages from one tree to others in its network, signalling alerts so they can take action. They have each other's back.
Nature is so incredibly cool! .
As the nights draw in, evenings like these become even more precious.
Autumn sunsets feel like a gift. The light seems to linger and laze around the hills. No more ready to leave summer behind than we are.
This particular evening was so still and so warm it seemed like we were breathing the colours. Like they were the magic we need to feed the deep roots of our souls.
Had a couple of beautiful friends (you know who you are 🥰) treat me to this. Here are the known stats and my thoughts. 🌱Strain: Donegal (Chemdawg Variant)
Type: Sativa Dominant Hybrid
THC Content: 17.7%
Two posted reviews I found with contradicting flavor profiles lol with my review to follow.
1.)"The flavors of Donegal are a mix of citrus 🍋and pungent diesel ⛽ notes that give way to the heady effects that are first felt around the crown of your head and provide an uplifted mood and a rush of creativity." 2.) "This THC-dominant sativa has terpenes like myrcene 🍇🍉🍍🍓, caryophyllene and pinene 🌲 to thank for its subtle scents of hops, cloves and pine. "
MY BLIND TEST EXPERIENCE
(Written before reading posted terp profiles for to answer those who have asked) To be honest I didn't have an easy time identifying any terpenes in this strain. I did not find it to be diesely ⛽ or citrusy 🍋 in any way like limonene , nor did I find it lending to those other sought-out popular terpene profiles such as the myrcene 🍇🍍🍉🍓🍎 (fruity smells) , or linalool 🌿🌷🌹( florals such as lavender), or terpineol (lilac).... I could taste a hint of the alpha/beta pinene 🌲🌍 (pine/earthy/woodsy) punching through... But maybe a bit of spice...perhaps beta-caryophyllene (pepper/spice/clove)? 🤯
Imagine going back in time! Lucky to enjoy with my princess!🍀
16 20510 hours ago
Meán Fómhair. Middle of the harvest. Mabon. Autumnal Equinox. The Wheel has turned again in its everlasting whirl. Where I live, ancient, raw power of the land can be savoured in every inch of the soil beneath your feet, and now when the days are getting shorter and darker and the Veil is slowly thinning, the presence of those invisible strings that intrinsically tie you to this land is getting stronger by the day. I'm leaving you with these wise words from Anthony Murphy from Mythical Ireland: "What we should really be asking is what power this island holds over us. We should follow that beam of sunlight that glistens off the Western ocean in the evening, and pursue it to Tír na nÓg. There is something here in the fields and trees and rivers and the mountains, in the very essence of the landscape, of an altogether different world, one uncorrupted by the ceaseless scheming of humans, one in many places yet untainted by the frantic madness of man. It is what this island does to you and how it transforms you after your arrival here, that raw Sídhe power that seeps and emanates from every rock and lonely bush..."
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A school closure today was an opportunity to get out of Belfast and have an office trip to Donegal (while the children stayed with grand-parents 😁). See our previous post for some more architecture! .
Part 2 - MODERN
St. Aengus Church, Burt, Co. Donegal. Designed by Liam McCormick. Built 1964-1967.
The circular shape of the church was inspired by Grianán Ailigh ring fort that overlooks it. The green copper roof curves upwards, ending with a narrow spire that allows light in above the altar inside the church. The roof and stone walls are separated by stained glass windows around the perimeter of the building.