Enjoying the Journey
Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey.
Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone.
However, I decided I was going to enjoy the journey regardless, as it would take me past some spectacular scenery -through the village of Dunlewey, The Poison Glen, and the foot of Errigal Mountain, then on through Glenveagh National Park where I once tended The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle.
The village of Dunlewey
The Poison Glen
Glenveagh National Park
I stopped off for a while in the city of Letterkenny, voted Ireland’s tidiest town in 2015. The spring flower beds looked amazing.
In early afternoon, I attended a simple yet beautiful funeral service for a kind, gentle soul. The sun shone brightly, and he was buried under a sea of golden daffodils and spring flowers from his garden.
I felt thankful that I had taken the time to pay my respects.
On the return journey, I was compelled to stop around five miles from home, for a much needed break. It was a perfect photo opportunity.
Swans were fishing in the river, and Errigal Mountain looked magnificent in the late afternoon light.
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.