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Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches

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Irish - Environmental Researcher - Biodiversity Hypeman - Feminist - Poet - Treehugger - Activist - Writes stories about Witches

Moving My Own Goal Posts

Tis the season for good intentions, for setting goals and challenging yourself to be better. But I've been known to give quite a lot of side-eye to the whole idea of New Years Resolutions because I think that for the... Continue Reading →

Internalising Writing Advice – Portraits & Dreams

There are lots of things that make the transition between writing sometimes and being a quote-unquote "writer" but at least some of them are psychological. For years you consume "Top 10 Tips on Plotting Your Novel" and listen to TEDTalks... Continue Reading →

December

When the darkest days come we come together, We may never know why happiness sets up apart but tragedy stretches out a hand and lips to kiss it better.

Bee Watching – Science for Sunny Days

I'm sitting in my garden on a sunny day last summer, soaking in some much needed vitamin D and photographing bumblebees in a lavender bush. It's not a bad way to relax. This is one of the photographs that I... Continue Reading →

Go Tell it to the Bees

Tell the bees that I have died, They used to say that if the hives weren’t told of a birth or death in the family they would leave the keeper, So there is no need to lie. Tell the bees... Continue Reading →

Gardening in the City: Eats or Ecology?

Urban gardens have had a new resurgence in fashion, adding to the list the many things that have become "millennial aesthetics" that are actually age-old reactions of populations to economic downturn and social change. In particular community gardens in Dublin... Continue Reading →

Me and the Great Yellow Bumblebee

Some of you may have gotten the impression that I have some opinions about bee conservation. So now I'm putting my money where my mouth is and getting a tattoo of Ireland's most endangered bumblebee to raise funds for the... Continue Reading →

People for Bees

The Irish Wildlife Trust runs lectures and workshops in local libraries and community centres around Ireland, teaching people about bees and what they can do to help them in their areas and in their own gardens. Tidy Towns committees have... Continue Reading →

Save the Bees : Rallying Cry or Meme?

'Save the Bees' - an ideal Instagram caption for wildflowers you've spotted by the side of the road. The phrase has taken on meme-like status over the last few years, both in the idealistic aesthetic sense and in more absurdist... Continue Reading →

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