The joy of ducks

The joy of ducks

As I am writing, it is truly a day for ducks: the rain is drumming down on the roof of my little caravan; my current home. These days I am working in exchange for room and board at a little community associated with the Findhorn Foundation on the edge of the town of Forres in the North East of Scotland. We are currently a household […]

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A different perspective

A different perspective

…on my flight to Scotland yesterday I decided to film the propellers on the plane….they were whirring so fast that I couldn’t see them, just a blur of grey…but the camera captured them magically: they seem to move more slowly, with more blades and they seem to be curving as they rotate. What a difference a change of lenses makes. You can see the little […]

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Leaving Cloughjordan

Leaving Cloughjordan

When I was leaving Cloughjordan by train on the little two carriage ‘clickety-clack’ (as I fondly like to call it) to Ballybrophy I sat looking out the window thinking over my time in Cloughjordan then these wonderful wind turbines backlight by the setting sun came into view.  I loved seeing the blades of the large turbines move in lazy circular motion and with the slow […]

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Digging with hens

Digging with hens

I grew up on a fairly regular half-acre site in Wexford on our grandfather’s farm. We were lucky in so many ways to grow up in the countryside,  one being that Dad was a great gardener – he grew all sorts of veg that we harvested and froze or ate through out the seasons. And Mam was amazing (and still is) at coming up with […]

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Forest Futures

Forest Futures

One of the most moving elements of the eco-village in Cloughjordan and one which has provoked the greatest emotion in me from my visit so far is the new forest that was planted here in 2011. More than 17,000 native Irish species that include oak, ash, alder, sweet chestnut, birch, rowan and wild cherry were planted, and it is now developing into the most magical […]

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Leaping for eco-living

Leaping for eco-living

As I left all my belongings in storage, letting go of the contents of my art studio and my creative practice as I’ve known it, grief and excitement were the responses. These actions were the first big steps on a new journey: for the coming year I intend to explore eco-communities, learning from the people who have created and sustained them, offering my creativity, skills […]

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Parting Pallas

Parting Pallas

So my journey has begun – the image attached is one of the last photos taken from my former studio at Pallas Projects/Studio’s before I packed up all my art materials, tools, pieces of art and put them all into storage, along with most of my possessions. Over the days that I packed and moved (and was supported in most extraordinarily generous ways) the reality […]

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