Feeling Free on the First!

01 Dec

Hello, my dear friends. First of December – where has this year gone? It seemed more like a couple of hundred seconds than a couple of hundred days…

I’ve experienced so many ups and downs and so many changes. But none as significant as the last three months. The move to rural Ireland has not been the smoothest – and I moved quite a bit in my life (since I met my husband we’ve lived – not visited, but lived and worked – in eight countries so far) – and I can honestly say Ireland is the most magical place I’ve seen. Maybe it’s the leprechauns. Maybe it’s the numerous rainbows, or the gorgeous sunsets. Maybe it’s just me, or the people here – always happy to chat, and never in a hurry.

Look what I see out of my picture window. How could you not LOVE that?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALife is good, even when the world conspires against me. All I have to do is look out the window, or take a walk across the fields, and I’m okay with it all.

Talking about the fields… I always expected my fitness would improve once I start working, as in proper working, the land. So… it may be only bramble clearing for now, but it is hard word, and I feel it. Come spring, I’ll hardly spend a couple of hours indoors anymore.

An unexpected benefit of having so much space is that my creativity knows no bounds. It’s free. I’m free. And it’s the best feeling in the world.

Here are a few snapshots of my field:


Grass weave – ok, I know I won’t win many prizes here – around my newly planted living willow hedge – all done by me


Excess logs for the fire, which don’t fit under cover – all dead wood from around the field plus old fencing – courtesy of my husband, who isn’t letting me touch the saw


It’s the first of December, but this snapdragon doesn’t know it.


And finally, while clearing brambles for a secluded spot for a poly tunnel, I discovered a colony of wrens living in the far wall separating my field from the neighbours’. They told me off for disturbing the peace, but they happily accepted the food offering.


I imagined this yogurt pot would do them for a few days. They almost emptied it in less than 24 hours.

For all of the above, I’m grateful every day! I feel blessed and lucky. Happy Thanksgiving!


Posted by on December 1, 2013 in News, Sunday Feature


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15 responses to “Feeling Free on the First!

  1. Kristie Haigwood (@Kshaigwood)

    December 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  2. Carrie Rubin

    December 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Hard not to be inspired with that window view. Gorgeous!

    • ellamedler

      December 2, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Gorgeous and ever-changing! 🙂

  3. Lisa Orchard

    December 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I’m so excited for you! Living in Ireland! How awesome is that? Love the pic too!

    • ellamedler

      December 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Thank you, Lisa. It’s really peaceful here. 🙂

  4. sherry fundin

    December 2, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Nice place to live. I love that view!!!

    • ellamedler

      December 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Hi, Sherry. Well, you can come over and experience it for a few days. 🙂

      • sherry fundin

        December 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

        I would love to. ^_^

        • ellamedler

          December 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

          Getting the inflatable mattress out and stocking up on chocolate. 🙂

  5. Emma

    December 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Your view is just gorgeous.

    • ellamedler

      December 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I love the outdoors! If only I could fix the house a bit… LOL 😉

  6. Ronald Dahle

    December 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Great to see things are working well for you. Hopefully, in the next year you will be able to spend enough time inside to edit my next offering. 😉 Best wished to you and yours, happy to hear you’re happy.

    • ellamedler

      December 3, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Thank you, Ron. Just say the word. 🙂

  7. carmen

    December 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

    May you find the well deserved peace of mind and power to overcome any obstacle that life throws in your path!

    • ellamedler

      December 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Thank you, Carmen! Hugs and the best wishes to you, too. 🙂


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