At the spring equinox this year the sky was adorned by the full Moon – the Super Worm Moon. It was so bright that I wondered if the earth worms could actually see the light and wriggle to the surface to gaze up into the sky. This little Wren would love it 😉
If a wren is building a nest it means that the spring is in a full swing. Indeed, according to the ancient Celtic tradition, spring starts at the beginning of February, and by now, spring is half over. Here I share some pictures of what I have been up to for the first weeks of spring.
I went to the Mount Congreve Gardens to take part in the Walk For Life event hosted by Waterford Sports Partnership. The walk was well organized, and we also had a cup of tea afterwards. I joined at the table a small group of quiet ladies. There were many young and old people with disabilities, so I immediately realized what that quietness was about. I sat down and kept smiling. There was little I could do. All of a sudden one of the ladies reached for jam and butter, passed them to me without making any eye contact, and sat still again. My eyes brimmed with tears and my heart flooded with compassion. A skill to serve others lingers on even when many other skills have faded.
The walk was very exciting. The first thing we saw was a red squirrel. Walnut trees in the garden attract squirrels, and this one probably had a stash made last autumn.
The squirrel climbed magnolia tree, and jumped when I pressed the shutter.
Hundreds of magnolia trees were in bloom with gorgeous flowers of different colors, sizes and shapes.
This ‘rope’ is wisteria.
Many other trees began to flower, including rhododendrons.
Hundreds, or may be thousands of different camellias with their evergreen dark and glossy leaves were abundantly covered with the most exquisite flowers.
I went to the gardens once more, and walked there alone for five hours taking pictures of birds and flowers. Storm Gareth that came through a week later must have ruined all the beauty.
Another event I went to was the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There was no Patrick though, which was confusing and somewhat disappointing.
The parade was led by Grand Marshalls Des and Mona Manahan riding in the back of a vintage car.
A few brass and pipe bands marched, and they did a great job as always.
Our Marines, as well as River Rescue volunteers and firefighters are the most loved and respected heroes.
I also looked forward to seeing the bikers roll through town again. That young girl riding the bike with her father every year is so grown up and beautiful. Time flies, yet the ginger beard and the hat have never changed 🙂
They said that this particular parade would celebrate ‘color, culture and community’. Well, I didn’t notice any difference from the previous parades, except for the absence of St. Patrick, and presence of some characters that hardly belonged to this day at all 🙂
As always, there were different schools, clubs, societies, commercial and community groups presented, and it was great to see familiar faces.
Ukrainian community is one of my favorites. I love the colors of their flag. There were many flags in the parade, including an Anarchist black&red…
Spraoi band didn’t come alone. They brought a bug with them 🙂
John Hayes, the artist who has carved the Dragon Slayer sword, brought a beautiful carved dragon.
There are always vintage cars driving in the parade.
Now, things are getting a little tricky. There were several zombies in the parade, some very cute, but I had my doubts about posting their pictures, so I went through the pictures posted by the official photographer and found out that he also had his doubts 😉 So, this is the only zombie I dare to expose 🙂
Disney characters and Mary Poppins closed the parade. They are all charming, but I would rather prefer a Leprechaun…
Thank you for visiting Waterford with me!
Have a beautiful spring!