Lunar Eclipse

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Lucky for those of you in North and South America, you will be able to bear witness to the lunar eclipse tonight. However for us here on the west coast of Ireland, a glorious day brought forth a beautiful, nearly full moon rising (tomorrow is full moon day folks, prepare yourselves' for all manner of magnetic and strange forces).

Here you see the view from the front of our house of Mount Gable and the majestic moon rising from behind it. 

I like to think of Mount Gable as a special place, it is well known in Irish mythology as the place where the Fir Bolg gathered before their battle with the Tuatha Dé Dannan, the ancient people who took Ireland from the Fir Bolg at the Battle of Moytura.

I must say, it provides me with great comfort and stability knowing that, that same ancient mountain that supported the Fir Bolg still rises from the ground as strong and as powerful as ever - The realisation that it will also do so when I am long gone, and that my progeny will also bear witness to that same moon rise over that same mountain, is very humbling.

It once again reminds me how awesome nature and our environment are - They are the very things that have supported us in the past, that support us now and that hopefully will do so in the future. 

Slow Food Sunday

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Last Sunday I headed over to Woodville Walled Garden to participate in Slow Food Galway's Autumn Gathering. The weather was ideal, the autumn low light gracing us with it's presence for the afternoon. I was welcomed by a feast for the senses - Smells of hot coals and smoke, clay ovens, fresh bread and coffee, smiles, welcomes, pressed apples! A community of people of all ages, gathered together through a collective appreciation of local and regional quality fair food. 

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The Slow Food Movement was established in 1986 in Italy as a backlash to the multinational Fast Food Industry. The ethos of the Slow Food Movement is to protect and promote local and regional traditional food and to encourage food production which respects and characterises the local eco system. According to Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement, 'Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature'.

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The main focus of the day was the fungi. There were only a few varieties present in the small wood beside Woodville Walled Garden, but Barbara, our dynamic 'shroom' guide for the day made the most of what was to be gathered. I met a neighbour I hadn't realised would be there, which was a nice surprise and became familiar with the art of Juice pressing and Cider making - All in all, I departed the Autumn Gathering four hours after arriving, feeling educated, invigorated, informed and full to the gills - A great way to spend an afternoon!

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Slow Food is everywhere folks, become acquainted with it.

Practice the philosophy at the heart of the movement within your own home, business and life.

Slow Food = The Future of Food. 

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