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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…

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During the swell

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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…

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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.

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Peace

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.

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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…

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Take life how it reveals itself

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin

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