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Be prepared

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At the beginning of the week

After a couple of hours of reasonable peace it is back again…


During the swell


During the swell


The setting of the scene has become more or less familiar by now. And I think I can say I am even getting used to the voice which has been at the background now for quite a bit of time. Sometimes there is a tiny break in between. But as soon as I become aware of the interval of peace though, the voice comes back with renewed energy…


During the swell

Although more often a bit of a breeze is felt, most of the time there is that very special atmosphere of síocháin agus suaimhneas (peace and tranquility) in the air of Inis Meáin. A haven of tranquility, one could call the island.



This is probably the reason why this kind of weather with the unrest it brings along, surprises one in a certain way, every time it happens re-again. For it is not only the unrest  but it also  generates agitation within one self.


During the swell

With extreme weather conditions like we have to deal with at this moment I become even more aware of the very specific circumstances of living on an island like Inis Meáin. A pinprick amidst  the Atlantic Ocean but due to its geographical location, with a huge impact on everyday life. Because of  the swell (big and long waves) there has not been a boat service for example during quite a few days now and only sometimes  a plane is heard. This means no post or newspaper. And no groceries either…

There is a lovely saying on the island: go with the flow. Take life how it reveals itself and be prepared…


Take life how it reveals itself

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin

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Being busy is a hot topic since  quite a long time already. “Busy, busy, busy” is the slogan nowadays. Walking on the streets of Dublin or even in a town like Galway I am surprised seeing people, in their office clothing clear enough, running from A to B, their home work under one arm, a mug out of carton taking hold of in the free hand. Is there anything in it at all I ask myself. The funny thing is that I never see someone taking a tug while on the way. . May be it is just an act  I wonder, people perform, as an expression out of fashion or perhaps there is just no time  for taking a quick zip at all because people are so busy  on the run …

Síochan agus Suaimhneas (peace and tranquillity),  the first words I usually get back from people visiting Inis Meáin. Here there is just silence. And if  there is  any sound at all it is the blowing of the wind or the breaking of the waves against the rocks….Sometimes, coming for the first time, people feel lost as well…may be due to the unexpectedness of the local situation (very few people on the road) and because of the peacefulness in general, one is not aware of beforehand. Always lovely to hear when visitors stay overnight. Then there is ample of time to unwind and get in the rhythm of life on Inis Meáin…

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Love and peace

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Mother and child

Such as experiencing the breaking of the day into the night is a very special one.

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Breaking of the day

The birds trying to find their specific place on the wire. The cat patiently sitting on a stone wall waiting for a lovely bite to catch for the night. The cows satisfyingly  lying down  in the little field reflecting on a lovely day with juicy grass.

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Patient but on the alert

And so is, but differently of course, the sun dawn….just before the  sun actually rises spreading its’ bleak pink colour in the sky  the rooster is crowing , awakening the people for another lovely day to live….

Instead of rushing from it is living in the moment what makes life on Inis Meáin so worthwhile!

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin.

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