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Bright and dark

Even on Inis Meáin… !

A very remarkable phenomenon here on the island is the light. The impact of its brightness and transparency on a  clear day, like it is today, is intense! So much the more it is hard to believe that during the past few days there was sheer darkness. For days there was not a single beam of the sun to be seen! It was not just dull weather, no, there was nothing else than darkness during day time.

darkness on Inis Meáin

Of course this time of year the solar arc is flattening quickly and the hours of day light are scarce but still… It can be charming though when it is getting dark soon. It means a long evening. A lot of time lying ahead of you. Time you always dream about during the season of summer: doing things you always wanted to do but…


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breaking waves on aran islands

stone walls on aran island

Summer actually, has another quality than winter has; the energy we are so filled up with during the months of summer, make us feel there is a shortage of time for taking up all the things we like to do.  At the time we intent just to postpone until the season of winter… From our point of view in  summer we reckon there will be loads of time during winter. (so there is, but…) The quality of winter nevertheless is directly opposite: our energy is limited now in actually doing things and what we have in stock, we merely put into reflection. We like to live with our memories now, on what was, on what already lies behind us. It is because of the dorchadas (darkness) I suppose, we use our energy differently. As it is during night time now that we, during this time of year go into ourselves and come into contact more easily with our beloved ones, who already passed away.

Today it was a bright day again and someone on Inis Meáin said to me: an Samhradh ag teacht! (Summer is coming)

picture of donkey on aran islands

The donkey agrees that Summer’s on the way

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin

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