Anois Teacht an Earraigh… Snowdrops.

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Snowdrops blooming in Harolds Cross

See below for English translation…

Seo grianghraf ar thóg mé des na Plúiríní Sneachta sa ghairdín le déanaí. Mar a tharlaíonn, tógaim grianghraf des na Plúiríní céanna go minic, ní bhíonn neart agam air de réir mar a shleamhnaíonn na blianta thart. Nuair a fheicim an ghrian gheimhridh ag lonrú orthu, meallann said mé lena h-áille bheag bhídeach. Nach gcuirfeadh siad brí agus beatha ionat!

Meabhraíonn siad domsa go bhfuil an saol ag tosnú aríst agus go bhfuil seans eile againn  – agus go mb’fhéidir go n-éireoidh níos fearr linn an babhta seo. Agus léiríonn siad dúinn go bhfuil cumhacht iontach san nádúr, cumhacht neamhshaolta, nach féidir a shéanadh. Cuireann an nádúr fhéin leigheas ar fáil dúinn don dochair milteanach atá déanta againn den domhain álainn seo.

oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Blackbird

Plúiríní Sneachta – that’s the Irish word for Snowdrops. Yes, perhaps it’s still a bit dark and miserable these days but, in the middle of all that darkness, there’s one thing that always gives me a boost – and that’s our Snowdrops.

Every year, they force their way out of the cold ground to greet the new year. They pop up outside our back door, on the way down to my studio and they nod their little heads in the wind and rain. They’d bring a smile to the grouchiest of people – the first sign of Spring, the first sign of hope.

The other thing that gives me a lift is birdsong, and in particular, the song of the Blackbird.  You mightn’t have noticed but my favicon is a tiny version of my Blackbird painting above. I know you know but for those who don’t know, a fav-icon is the little picture that sits to the left of most website addresses.

And Finally, the heading today: Anois teacht an Earraigh is from a poem by Antaine Ó Raifteirí (born 1779) and it translates as: Now that the Spring is here.  Always love to hear your comments, talk soon, eoin

Poem by Raifteirí

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