“For over a century, the village of Ardara was at the forefront of the production of handwoven Donegal Tweeds. A building known as “The Mart” was the central marketplace with all the local tweed produced, inspected, stored and sold inside its walls. Photograph courtesy of Triona Design However, in the sixties, the arrival of modern machinery decimated the indigenous industry. […]
Errigal Mountain, Co. Donegal, Ireland Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness. She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
James Galway Roses May is always a delight in the garden, with a myriad of new flowers coming into bloom. Let’s start with the Roses. Roses “James Galway” is already overflowing with glorious pink perfume, that I sniff on a regular basis. The bees love it too! “Pilgrim,” is now in full flower, but in this photograph, she is just […]
Greenpeace “defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing responsible solutions for our fragile environment.” Book Synopsis In over 30 years as a senior captain for Greenpeace International, Peter Willcox has been in the vanguard of the international environmentalist movement. He has led crews into battle for the good of the planet […]
The Pleasure Gardens In the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2008, I was very blessed to work in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle, set amidst Donegal’s Derryveagh Mountains. The gardens and castle are part of Glenveagh National Park, the second largest national park in Ireland. I like to return at least once a year, to reacquaint myself with The […]
Mullaghderg Mountain after the Wildfires On Easter Monday, a series of wildfires caused widespread destruction to homes, land and wildlife around The Rosses area of Donegal. Destruction and Devastation Sadly, these were not the first of the year. In the previous days and weeks, several wildfires had ravaged local villages, and destroyed one home, damaged many others, and devastated wildlife […]
April and early May have been full of glorious growth in the garden. However, many of the early blooms are now gone, including these Tulips: Bluebells Bluebells and albino Bluebells have flowered and are now sleeping until next year: Personal Favourites Among my favourite spring flowers is Bleeding Heart, with its little pendants which hold a special place in my […]
I am taking a blogging and social media break until 8 May, to rest and restore. Wishing you a very Happy Easter.
Carrickfin Beach with Arranmore Island in the distance “Walking is a man’s best medicine.” Hippocrates Watching the Daisies Virtual Walking Festival I feel blessed to live in Donegal, an area of outstanding natural beauty on The Wild Atlantic […]
Dunlewey Village “Walking is a man’s best medicine.” Hippocrates Watching the Daisies Virtual Walking Festival I feel blessed to live in Donegal, an area of outstanding natural beauty on The Wild Atlantic Way. http://www.wildatlanticway.com “Watching the Daisies Virtual […]