Bar the essentials – and yes, that includes chocolate and a red jumpsuit that was marked down to half-price – I’ve not had the urge to buy much since COVID-19 crash-walloped into our lives back in March. But one thing that I have decided to treat myself to is a collection of poetry by Mary Oliver. Oliver, who passed away in 2019, was a Pulitzer-prize winning writer whose work was greatly inspired by the natural world, and the life lessons therein. If you have a little time, I’d encourage you to Google her poem The Summer Day, which ends with the rallying cry of: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” If you didn’t think a poem that is ostensibly about a grasshopper could stir something in your soul, you might think again.
I’ve had the chance to visit every county in Ireland, so I thought I had every nook and cranny of the country conquered at this stage