Monday, November 27, 2017
Thanks for supporting small businesses, artists, & craftsmen such as Emerald Post in you search for that special something. In thanks I'm running a few promotions in the Emerald Post Shop:
Now until Christmas
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Stop over at the Emerald Post Shop to learn more about the Wishing Well Candle - a small votive candle containing a lucky Irish or British coin inspired by the age old tradition of pilgrimage in the Celtic Isles to Sacred Springs and Holy Wells. Lots of other new goodies on the Shop Shelves now too.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
The Ancient Valley - Cemetery at Glendalough, Ireland
5x7 Print Postcard available HERE
Hop over to Emerald Post Blog this week to trace the roots of Halloween back to Ireland and the Celtic Isles. Many of our Halloween traditions lead back to the old ways. Also - New creations are lining the shelves at Emerald Post Shop just in time for the holiday season.
|Just a handful of new creations.. more where these came from and many more to be listed in the coming days.|
Monday, October 23, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
"A world reveals itself in a tree's bark. Lean in close to bark, and you will find a landscape which you might enter, through whose ravines and ridges you might make day-long journeys." - John Constable
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Reading Ray Bradbury and dreaming of Autumn, which seems to have arrived early on raven wings.
“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .” - Ray Bradbury
Monday, September 11, 2017
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The beginning of August marks the old Irish Gaelic festival day of Lúnasa, halfway between summer solstice & autumn equinox, marking the beginning of harvest time and the turn from summer to winter. (In Irish, the word for August is Lúnasa.) It is a time to honor the sun, for Lúnasa (or Lughnasadh) is named for Lugh, the old Irish god of the Sun. It's a time to gather the first harvests, to light a bonfire in thanks for your blessings, bake a pie with freshly gathered blueberries, for matchmaking and hand-fasting, for pilgrimages to holy wells and sacred trees. Here Lúnasa arrived on a cool front, one I was aching for, a blessed foreshadowing of Autumn and all her finery. Happy Harvest to come.
You can read more about Lúnasa and Irish customs at:
Monday, July 31, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
The large and deep fault line carves itself across the Scottish Highlands, from Inverness on the east to Fort William in the west. They call this The Great Glen and in the valleys lie many lakes including the infamous Loch Ness, as well as Loch Lochy and Loch Linnhe. Mountains rise above both sides. Needless to say, this is a stunning landscape and scenic drive. The A82 stretches from Inverness to Fort William, following the glen as you drive along nearly each lake.
About a half hour from Fort William sits this architectural wonder: the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Atop of these arches, travels the West Highland Railway (or perhaps you've seen it carrying the Hogwarts Express). This is an easy site to get to with parking just off the A830 and short walk through a bit of woods and along a stream (or a "burn" in Scots). It is massive, impressive and built over 100 years ago (1897). Definitely worth a stop if you are in the vicinity. You can travel the West Highland Railway which surely journeys through some spectacular scenery. Perhaps one day I'll venture back and hop aboard. (FYI Highly recommend Clan Macduff Hotel in Ft. William, situated across the loch - splurge for a loch view balcony).
From Fort William we continued southwest on the A82 through Glencoe and past several evocative Mountains including Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain. It was moody and overcast, with intermittent rain and fog along this most scenic of drives but it didn't spoil the scenery. Being in a rainy mountainous area, there were waterfalls aplenty - some very near the road or a short hill walk away, dozens of white water ribbons adorned the mountainsides. Quite breathtaking, sublime and humbling. Don't miss Glencoe if you are Scotland.