March 2022 on Islay

March 2022 on Islay

I can't believe its March already! February seemed to fly past - we spent most of the month hunkered down indoors whilst our 130 year old stone house stood up to the wild storms that seemed to batter us endlessly. We live in a particularly exposed corner of Islay with no trees - there is nothing between us and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean - the house shifts and flexes in the wind, but knowing it has stood here for over a century gives us comfort as we snuggle in front of roaring fires.

So, when March 1st arrived and it was a calm still day with wall to wall blue skies you can imagine my delight - time for a dip in the sea! I find cold water swimming so invigorating something I'm looking forward to making more time for this year. 

Despite the poor weather, bulbs have been popping up in the garden inspiring my creativity. I've  produced a new linocut of a daffodil, which in my mind has to be 'THE flower' of March. They grow everywhere here, in woodland, road verges and even amongst the abandoned crumbling crofts. It's a perfect wee card for occasions such as Mother's Day and Easter, and will be available next week!

The birds are singing, the ditches are full of frog spawn and new green shoots are popping up everywhere - Spring is definitely in the air.

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