The Year of The Pig

It would be just another new year if we didn’t have Chinese Zodiac calendar 🙂

The year of The Dog is fading away as the year of The Pig starts in February and marks the end of the Twelve years Cycle.

Was 2018 “a good dog” for you? What were some of the highlights?

Here I share some pictures taken in 2018. It was (and still is) a very challenging year, but I cannot tell it has been unlucky for me.

The year started with a lazy snowfall that continued into the end of February. Then a mighty storm hit the island – you can see all the pictures in my previous blog post.

The snow melted in the first few days in March.

I didn’t see much of St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, but I liked this actor and took some pictures.

Spraoi monsters looked completely out of place at the St. Patrick’s Parade. I don’t think it was a great idea to include them. Yet, I posted this picture for a reason since I want to tell you a few words about monsters.

I discovered  Jean Lee’s World  blog in 2015. After reading one article, I went back through the archives and read almost everything. I was stunned. A quick check on Amazon showed no books. No books?! Later I learned that Jean Lee did work on a novel, but there were many obstacles she had to overcome – you can read her story as she tells it herself in her blog. 

In June this year, Jean Lee published the first book of the short fiction series Tales Of the River Vine. The other five books followed, introducing the characters of her first YA fantasy novel Fallen Princeborn: Stolen, Book 1, parts 1 – 2, available on Amazon. An intelligent, captivating, very well written book will take you and the courageous, strong-willed teenage heroine to the fae world of darkness, and, hopefully, back. I look forward to reading Book 2 in March 2019. I am so very happy for you, Friend! You did it! Your books are as wonderful and unique as everything else you do. 

Please visit Jean Lee’s amazing blog, and read her books. 


The days went by. In the end of May I got my life back, but in a complicated form. The world is still beautiful, though.

A Chaffinch still sings his little heart out…

… and his cute lady looks pleased.

Puffin here is just being gorgeous.

In the end of July I returned to blogging, and visited a few more places.

I went to the Cunnigar. I didn’t do the crossing, just walked to the end and back, watched the birds and insects. Usually I see one heron at a time, but there were seven. They took off when I came closer.

This scared fledgling was sitting in the middle of the boggy area on the Anne River trail. Hope his parents came to his rescue before a predator got there first.

I also went to the Comeraghs. Taking pictures of sheep never seems boring.

Then I came across a lone black pig. I later learned that this is her daily walking route.

Finally, there was a long flight, and many different birds and animals.

I guess my life was spared once again. We landed in Dublin in the eye of the storm Ali to learn that some 80 flights have already been cancelled or diverted, and a RyanAir plane had been forced to abort landing. Only two hero crews – Philadelphia and our JFK – landed their planes that morning. The landing was a nightmare, but it was performed splendidly regardless of violent swaying. The plane was still rocking and shaking in the gusts when we finally approached the terminal, and the passengers were instructed to watch their foot when stepping onto the jet bridge, as it might get detached. Two days later, a delivery man handed me my luggage and said ‘You guys are lucky to be alive’.

And then came the Autumn. It went through the different stages, until it was safe to call it Winter.

The young year of The Pig begins with hopes and dreams.

Who can tell what it will grow into?

Just be a good human in the year of The Pig, and everything will work out for your good.

Everything will definitely work out in the end.

 May the New Year be wondrous!


  1. Year of the Dog:
    No complaints, but no great strides, yet. There were things begun, and they could come to fruition in the Year of the Pig, and flourish in the Year of the Rat . Here, I refer mostly to the Art Gowns.
    This year was like a stalemate, but the game was long and glorious.
    Like a dog with a bone, I couldn’t pry the bone away. However, the same is said of me, I held a bone, but it wasn’t for the dog to attain. I suppose that attests to certain stubbornness in my nature.

    💥🐖💥HAPPY NEW YEAR 💥🐖💥

    1. Resa, the year of the Pig has so much to offer. Endless opportunities! The year of the Dog didn’t want to share His bone much, but the Pig doesn’t stash anything. Just take it when you see it 🙂 Happy New Year! xxxxxxxx

  2. When you look back at the severe weather of 2018 you do have to wonder what’s ahead, but there’s no avoiding it. The only way is forward, with as much kindness to each other as we can manage. Happy 2019! 🙂 🙂

  3. Enjoyed you photo timeline, Inese. You came close to death and survived for another day of giving and receiving. May the gods be blessed!

    I didn’t do so well in the Year of the Dog and only time will tell what the Year of the Pig brings my way. I join you in wishing that “[e]verything will definitely work out in the end” for you and for me ❤

    1. Thank you Rosaliene! So you too didn’t do well this year? Lets hope it will stay behind, and only the good things will accompany us to the New Year. Wishing you all the best for 2019! ❤

  4. It wasn’t a bad dog year for me personally but it was traumatic to see what’s happening in my country. Your pictures are always so magical. Thank you for sharing your unique gift. Happy 2019.

  5. Amazing post, Inese, so full of hope and the beauties of the world all around us for those who take the time to see and enjoy it! As always love your beautiful photos of both animals and landscapes for which you both have such an incredible eye. May this be a wonderful and good New Year for all of us! Much love! 😊 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. I always 💖 and treasure your thoughts and gorgeous photographs, Inese. I am stopping by to wish you continued (12th night. . .⭐) happy holidays. Blessings of Christ’s birth and most wonderful good health and peace of mind in 2019. Hugs, Robin 🌲🕊️⭐

  7. What a walk through a year and even more beautiful images for me to look at. Inese, the best to you and may any trouble you have ben one you find your way out of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Thanks for the recap, and for the New Year well wishes. I trust it will be a good year. For sure trips planned to Bangladesh and Italy! Looking forward to your 2019 blog posts.

  9. A year described in well-chosen pictures, far more interesting than the BBC New’s take on 2018 I found myself watching a short time ago. Ireland seems to beg to be photographed and you are correct, Inese we really should take that ship out of Fishguard across the Irish Sea. Have the lovliest 2019.

    1. Mike just found your comment, unanswered. Thank you so much, and check out them boats from Fishguard. Visiting Ireland would be a fine reply to Brexit 🙂 Happy New Year.

      1. My thanks, Inese. I am in despair at the quirks of WP. Since my return half the comments ‘thing’ right hand of screen aren’t showing up, plus at least 60% of the blogs I follow are not appearing on my reader. What a todo! Never mind, at least I found this one when scrolling through my own posts. Happy New Year, young lady.

  10. I like to read the year end summary. I used to receive a card from a long time and long distance friend that always have brief summary of his life for the past year. It was wonderful. On the other hand, I am not good at writing to tell what went on last year. It seems the past dog year has some fangs here and there. I guess, it would be a wolf kind of year.

    1. Oh I have to agree with you. It was not a ‘good dog’ for me either – with the exception that we safely landed and didn’t perish on that flight 🙂 Otherwise, the year was quite challenging. Hope the year of the pig doesn’t have fangs and looks rather like that little happy piglet 🙂 Have a happy New year!

  11. Great photographs. The birds in flight great example. Pigs are 7th in the intelligent list of all animals. I only recently discovered that fact? ~George

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