Despite political differences over the years, the Irish and English have more in common, than differences. One difference is the wildlife – there are many differences in species due to the climate, and you won’t find any native snakes on the Emerald Isle. Like Cornwall, there is a strong tradition of folk music and art, and you won’t find a more friendly bunch to tell you stories long into the night! You can sail to Ireland from Holyhead in North Wales (although the trip is known to be fairly treacherous, with ‘waves flying past the windows!) It’s a longer trip, but some prefer the 8-hour journey from Liverpool. Here are some resources you may find interesting.
An Irish Nature Year is a daily meditation on the world around the author’s Irish home, exploring the small mysteries of the seasons as they unfold. Who’s cutting perfect circles in the roses? Which birds wear feathery trousers? This illustrated day book is filled with plants, animals, birds and creepy-crawlies, with one short entry for each day of the year. Jane Powers serves up 5 minutes worth of wondermen, from ‘weeds’ in the pavement cracks and surprising inhabitants of vacant lots, to unusual finds along our shoreline and hedgerows. Relish the little things, that mark the passins of the seasons, across the ever-changing Irish landscape.
A Natural Year (Irish Nature Though the Seasons) will open your eyes and hearts to a greater understanding of the world around us. Michael Fewer’s infectious passion for his subject simply inspires, and suggests how careful study of the natural world, can be an antidote to the stresses of modern life.
Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and other words for Irish Nature is a book by Manchán Magan who brings his infectious wonder and enthusiasm for the Irish language to a younger audience, with delightful translations and explanations of animals, birds, fish, insects and nature words. From many words for rain to words to communicate with animals, or evocative words for plants, colour, twilight and different amounts of light in the sky.
Make Your Own Irish Soda Bread
Sláinte to a Vegan Baileys!
A few years ago, Baileys created a ‘vegan version’, then informed that vegans don’t drink beeswax (one ingredient). So they reformulated and now Baileys Almande (found in all shops) is just as popular. You can find it in shops or buy online. Made with sweet almond oil and almond essence (from pure crushed almonds), this also contains a touch of real vanilla. Best stored in the fridge. Serve over ice, or make into your favourite cocktails.
Iced Coffee with Baileys Almande (Eat This) is a German recipe, right-click to translate. The almond Baileys is added to the milk, and you can serve with ice, or use the drink for ice-cream and cakes and bakes.
Coconut Milk Irish Cream (Resplendent Kitchen) is a mesmerising mix of coconut milk, Irish whisky, cocoa and coffee with vanilla.