Novel environmental package to bolster Aran's farming heritage
IT IS now mid-June and the colours of the fields, hedgerows and wider countryside are simply wonderful. This is the unique beauty of our changing seasons and while at times we might yearn to live on a warm Greek island, those who do never experience the lush greens, the explosions of blossom and rampant growth of spring and early summer we enjoy in Ireland.
Looking out my office window, I am constantly distracted by the huge numbers of songbirds dashing back and forth as they gather food for their young.
Come late July, most of this activity will cease as the birds go silent and retire to shelter and moult.
By then, the myriad greens of the trees and hedges will have blended to a darker and more uniform shade and the blossom of the hawthorn, rowan and elder will have become berries, providing food for wildlife for the coming winter.
As the seasons slowly and subtly alter the landscape, each change brings a fresh delight.
Ireland has so much to offer if we only pause and enjoy it. The rich green midlands, the stark limestone pavements and flowers of the Burren, the boreens of Wexford and the wonderful scenery of Kerry, West Cork, Galway and Mayo.
In summer, despite all the beauties of the Meath countryside, I find I become drawn towards the seaside and there are no better holidays than a few days spent visiting our fabulous coast and beaches.