A postcard from Ireland
“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods
We are spending a few days in Ireland. Now that the cottage is more or less finished, it’s lovely to be able to stay here in comfort and take time to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.
And many shades of blue.
This is the view across to Hare Island, site of a monastic settlement recorded in the Annals of Clonmacnoise. More recently, Sean MacBride, recipient of the Nobel and Lenin Peace Prizes, used to spend summer holidays on the island and the German writer Heinrich Böll, also stayed there while compiling his Irisches Tagesbuch (Irish Journal).
So beautiful on a late summer evening
I suspect it’s going to be a wrench to leave.