Today is La Feile Brigid – Brigid’s Day, a day that always feel special and exciting to me as it is also Imbolc, the first day of Spring. There is a sense of anticipation in the air which is exciting because it feels like a renewal, a fresh start, a change. I was at my horticulture class today and when I returned home the sun was out and I was inspired to walk around my garden and have a check on it. I had left the garden alone since the end of autumn, apart from a little winter pruning here and there, because I had learned that it is better to leave old plants in place as insects and other creatures use them for shelter. Consequently, my garden looks a bit neglected and a bit bedraggled.
As you can see here, there is not a lot growing and the storms have knocked down the fence.
All the trees and bushes are bare but there is some colour from the Dogwood
It is difficult to see with all the bushes being bare, but this is a corner of my dedicated Brigid’s Garden.
And here is one of the first Dandelions, not yet in flower.
Dandelion is a flower associated with Brigid so it was lovely to see it today on my little meander. Thinking about Nature, you come to the conclusion that it is something immense and complicated and really we, humanity, have no idea how it all works. Then, just by quietly observing, you realise that is all quite simple really. Just allow Mother Nature to do her work and help out whenever you can. Do simple things like leaving plant material for the hibernating insects, leaving dandelions alone so that the bees can feed when they awake after winter hibernation. The goddess Brigid is renowned for bringing magical bees from her orchard in the Other Realm so that we would have sweetness in this realm. Perhaps that is why she is so fond of the Dandelion.
Imbolc – the beginning of Spring, that sense of anticipation in the air, a sense of good things coming and Brigid is, in popular folklore, regarded as being the bringer of plenty, helping things to grow and overseeing new beginnings and fresh starts. Every spring we make a fresh start in the garden, helping things to grow. We “spring clean” our homes ready for all the good things that are coming; these are simple and age old activities that enable us to feel renewed. Spring greens such as Cleavers are appearing and they can be cleansing and nutritional after the heavy winter fare.
Cleavers can be included in a simple green juice or eaten fresh like spinach. It spring cleans the system.
For me it is important to trust that All Is Well – I use the phrase as a mantra sometimes. I hadn’t been in the poly tunnel for ages and when I went in today I got something of a surprise.. .
Lots of lemons on the lemon tree! Despite a miserable and grey winter! I had been worried about the tree but it was fine. What a gift on such a day. Just simplicity at work.
Life can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it. Why not make it simple and avoid the stress? Life is too short, as a friend of mine recently found out, so simplify things. We can only find space in the house for so many things, so stop worrying about wanting to buy more. We can only wear so many clothes at one time. We can only be in one place at a time. Our children are only here and then they’ve grown and gone. As Springtime begins, we have a great opportunity to make a fresh, and hopefully, simple start to the rest of the year. Be happy and enjoy all the blessings of Brigid on this special day. Use the comments box below to let me know how you celebrate La Feile Brid.