Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Green, but not with envy. By S.

The word green is closely related to the old English verb growna, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants, the ocean, the countryside… Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others it is associated with inexperience, sickness or envy. The most common associations, however, are found in its ties with nature symbolizing regeneration, fertility and rebirth.

Green for me is the Irish countryside. My parents used to own a house in the countryside in Ireland where we spent our summers. So, when I think of green I think of soft sloping hills, fields full of cows, lush grass and country lanes. 

These are pictures of our holiday home in Ireland. It used to be a post office a couple of centuries ago hence its name The Old Post and it's in a tiny village in Co. Wicklow called Knockanarrigan (the name is for real, I promise).

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