March Many Weathers

In like a lion, out like a lamb!

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That’s what my mother used to say, and its certainly true this year. We have had some very wet and windy weather with more on the cards. But there is always some brightness. Make the most of the breaks in the cloud cover and make a start on your garden. In my garden the daffodils are flowering. Such a cheerful flower, a purveyor of hope that winter is over and spring is on its way.

Today as I look out my window I can see some brightness through the clouds and I hope that is an omen for the month ahead. For the last few days coronavirus is the only topic of conversation. On the radio, on the TV, we are in a new era of lots of information but no clue about how this new virus is going to affect us. All we can do is follow the advice given to us. Wash your hands. Simple really. Stay safe everyone.

 

 

 

Here comes the sun! I hope!

The weather forecasters tell us that the sun is on its way.  Please, please, let them be right.  As a nation, I don’t think we can cope with much more of the cold and the rain.  It has been a long, cold winter and a long, wet, spring.   You can see the difference in people on a sunny day.  The sun brings everyone out in their droves to walk or run or cycle.  Himself always says we would be the fittest nation on the planet if our weather was a little better.  The sun lifts our spirits.  People smile and nod at each other.  Life just seems easier, more manageable, happier.  Or is that just me?

This morning on the TV they are talking about anxiety.  It seems, as a race, we have an unusually high number of people suffering from anxiety.  I always thought it was tied into our weather.  When you mention Ireland, sunshine is not the first thing that comes to mind.  No, it is dark and cold for much of the year.  Not freezing cold, where you have the beauty of snow to brighten the dark winter nights and the tools to allow life to continue as normal during that type of weather.  The snow this year demobilised the country for weeks.  If we had it every year we would be prepared and could deal with it in our stride.  It was the fact that it’s so rare that cripples us.  The cold in Ireland is of the damp variety.  It creeps into your bones and stays there, weighing down body and mind.

sunshineThis year, the seasons are behind.  The farmers are crying out for fodder for their animals.  The long winter and cold spring have hampered growing conditions and animals that should be out grazing in the fields are still in barns.  You can see it in your own garden.  It’s mid-April and very little growth.  And the general mood of the country is low.  We have had enough of the cold, enough of the rain.  We need the sun.  We need some light and some sun.

For when the sun shines, there is no other country in the world as beautiful as Ireland.

It would be a great little country if you could put a roof on it!

Easter 2018

IMG_2947 (1)As you scurry around buying your spring lamb and new potatoes for Easter Sunday dinner and your chocolate Easter eggs for dessert, spare a thought for those less fortunate.  The current homeless figures were released yesterday.  Nearly 10,000 people in this little republic are homeless and that’s just the ones we know about.   That figure includes 3,755 children.   Our Taoiseach @campaignforleo has finally realised that it is indeed a national emergency.  About time!

What is he going to do about it?

How will our government solve this ongoing emergency to prevent it becoming a catastrophe?

Are they going to take the advice of those who specialise in this area, such as Fr. Peter McVerry?

Are they going to build social and affordable housing?

Or are they going to continue to throw money into the black hole that has become the ‘homeless sector’?

An entire industry has sprung up providing accommodation to the homeless, an extremely profitable industry.  On 25th January my blog ‘Clueless about profiteering from the homeless’ asked when and why our government had abdicated their responsibility to the citizens of this state.  I emailed numerous TD’s and DCC/DRHE with four straightforward questions.  No replies.  No reply from our Housing Minister, no reply from our Taoiseach, no reply from Dublin City Council.   Nearly 10,000 homeless and our government are facilitating the use of private companies to cater for them.  To make profits out of the misery of others.

3,755 children without a home, in a country that is ranked the 14th richest country in the world.  It is disgraceful and immoral.

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On Easter Monday we commemorate 102 years since the proclamation was read out on the steps of the GPO.  The proclamation promised ‘religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens’ and promised ‘cherishing all the children of the nation equally’.

Nearly 10,000 homeless people in Ireland including 3,755 children.

Is this the Ireland they envisaged when they wrote the proclamation?

Happy Easter everyone.