Monday, May 7, 2012

Irish Garden House . . .

May 2012
I began my blog one year ago..
My first entry is below.
The garden house in the photo inspired me to name my blog
Irish Garden House

imagine a gardening shed
complete with gardening tools
rocky concrete floor on a slant
ladders watering cans and such
picture narrow steps
leading to a tiny loft
a bed with a small table
a window looking out over a bay
which would be Bantry Bay in 
County Cork Bantry Ireland

on our first trip
we slept in the garden house
we went to the mainhouse
for shower food visits friends

it was
over the moon
dark as dark inside
until the moon lightened the sky
and the stars shown with brilliance
 ring in my ears

This is what I wrote in my first entry.
~ ~ ~
This vintage Irish garden house belongs to
friends of ours and is located near the main house
which overlooks Bantry Bay Ireland. 

The vistas of rich green Irish landscape,
the view of the bay and Atlantic Ocean in the distance,
plus the beauty of the orange Crocosmia is awe inspiring.

This is one life chapter of "where it all began . . . "
and I look forward to sharing more photos and inspirations
with you in my recently created May 2011 blog.

~ ~ ~
The year has been more than I ever dreamed it could be. 

I have met such wonderful people in each of you who follow me.
There are many, many who don't follow, yet I lurk in, sign on to follow,
read, comment and learn about your life and feel I have met you too.
There is something authentic and real about blogging.
I find I can pour out my soul, say what is on my mind.
Sometimes I post a few days in a row.
Sometimes I go days without doing so.
Blogging has given me a chance to create,
to write, to say what I feel, to be honest.
To include what I want, to share my family,
to talk about my life, to include pictures too.

I can remember months ago before my blog,I would often say,
I was searching for community. 
Recently listening to a video that friends of Sara, Gitzen Girl
posted on her site, summed up thoughts of community for me.
By the way, click on Sara and go there and listen. 
If you didn't know her, you will catch a glimpse of her essence through the video. 
Sara was a gift beyond gift.
This social media we are part of is another form of community. 
We talk with one another and share our life and interests.
We support each other when things aren't going smoothly.
We share photos, videos and a bit of our history.
We laugh, we sometimes cry together.
We discuss our views and agree and disagree.
we are community

thank you my friends
for being part of my life and
 allowing me to be a part of yours
what a wonderful world


TexWisGirl said...

congratulation, lynne, on your one year blogiversary! and thank you for becoming part of my neighborhood. it is a wonderfully small world we live in. :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Way to go Lynn! Blogging for a year is super, congratulations!! Oh my goodness, that garden house and that view is beyond incredible! I could sit right there and just day dream for hours on end~
I love that we are part of this fun blogging world!

Rural Revival said...

And I for one, am so grateful that you did for it certainly changed my world. : )


Jill said...

Congratulations and thank YOU for enriching MY life!

Kerin said...


I'm just getting to know you a bit, and really enjoyed reading about your inspiration for your blog.

Blogging is such fun.
Really a 'heart-felt' hobby :)

MarmePurl said...

Happy Bloggiversary Lynne!
Prose well written.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Lynne..that is just so moving...I almost feel as if I was being a voyeur when reading about your deep feelings! I have only been blogging a few weeks and someone said to me that it was almost like having a diary that I could go back and read at a later date. I know I have never really kept a diary...especially one with pictures, but blogging seems much more than that as there is a deep feeling of friendship and commitment to each other. I would love to follow you and join in with this part of your journey?? Joan

Aunt Barb said...

Happy anniversary. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am so thrilled for you that blogging has enriched your life so. It's been fun to see you on this journey and witness you come alive again!

love you Lynne!

Amy said...

Hey Lynne, I think we humans have a need to express ourselves. Some do it through dance...some through song...some through acting and some through writing..and others through photography and so on and so on. In blog land we are able to express ourselves, share our lives, motivate, inspire, learn, educate, build friendships, share interests, so many things. Why everyone isn´t blogging is beyond me but I am glad you are and I´m glad you found your way over to my part of cyberworld and stopped in and said hi! Holding my coffee cup high and wishing you another enjoyable year of blogging ahead of you! Hugs from Amy@Eventyrhus in Norway <3

Nancy said...

Congrats on your first year, Lynne! We haven't known each other via blogging that long, but I've found you are an easy person to connect with. xoxo

Nancy said...

Congrats on your first year, Lynne! We haven't known each other via blogging that long, but I've found you are an easy person to connect with. xoxo

LANA said...

Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary. I started one year ago last January for a similar reason. It is such a nice way for people with many things in common to connect. It's so wonderful to meet people from all over the world and become blog friends! From one of yours - Lana

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Lynne,

I have missed you.

Am sorry for not being around as of late but am constantly chasing my tail!

Will try and catch up a bit today
and hopefully keep in contact with you more.

Love the little house!

x Fiona

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a lovely photo! Ireland, land of my Grandfather. This is going down as one of my all time favorite posts! I feel exactly the same as you. It has brought our world closer. It's too bad more men don't blog..perhaps ..just perhaps it could help to change our world.
Lovely! Just a lovely post!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

p.s. ...and congratulations on your one year of blogging! :) That's wonderful!

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Lynne, Happy Anniversary dear one. You have made so many friends, being one yourself. There's a quote that I love, "Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of...", and that you have. Irish Garden House is a place to feel loved and welcomed. Thanks for letting us be a part of it! Love, Penny

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lynne, good for you and your blog and love the photo and first entry. Ireland is someplace that's on my 'to go' list...Beloved Sistah and I are thinking next year. Dave and I stopped over in Dublin Airport once but that doesn't count, not really. I want to put my feet on Irish soil!
Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm; your friendship is cherished.

Pamela Gordon said...

Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary of blogging Lynne. I am so glad to have met you a few months ago. I really enjoy meeting and getting to know fellow bloggers. I love the sweet cottage on Bantry Bay. A sweet memory for you and a name for your blog. Best wishes to you for many more blogposts. Hugs and blessings, Pamela

Pondside said...

Happy 1st Blogging Anniversary! I believe you've said it all - the blogging community is a real community.

Retired Knitter said...

Doesn't the time fly by so fast. One year!! Happy Anniversary.

This July I am coming up on my second year anniversary. I started blogging during a difficult time in my life. It helped me in so many ways to work through difficult ideas and to recognize the wonderful life I had - the good and the bad.

And I have discovered some wonderful blogger!!

Like you.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Lynne! And congratulations to you on your first year of blogging. I enjoy my visits here and am happy to have met you! Beautiful photo! Go Irish!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Gosh..has it really been one year since we first met? Wow! Time flies.
Thank you for being so giving of your friendship to me! This little neighborhood I skip down the sidewalk on is richer for having you live in it!
xo, misha

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Congratulations Lynne! What a wonderful way to experience a charming garden shed over looking the water. That would be my dream come true! Bloggers are a wonderful community of friends who open up whole new worlds for all of us. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Maura :)

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Elaine said...

Hello Lynne, from your newest friend. You have beautifully expressed how I, too, feel about blogging, and the friends I have made...perhaps the icing on the cake is the affection you have for Bantry Bay - I have visited that area many times over the last three years - it is so beautiful, the people so warm.

Thanks for calling by my blog, I am delighted to meet you, and look forward to getting to know you better.