ABOUT ME

Welcome to my World…

Step inside a feast of good living to a world of creative richness and expression, writing, art, free thinking, family, food, decadence, glamour & more…

In need of encouragement and inspiration for your own life and creativity? Find it here along with thoughts. insights and tips on everything from writing process to how to live in the world. Expect honesty, humour, passion and no apologies. We’re on fire here.

Since starting this blog in 2012 I’ve been on an intensive creative and spiritual journey. I started painting and I’ve written a novel, I even learned to drive.

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Jane Gilheaney Barry is my name, I live in Co Leitrim, North West Ireland, very rural, wild and green, with my husband and our children Shaylyn, Saoirse & Sadhbh.

We grow some of our own food and have just started permaculture. This year we planted 60 native trees in our front garden…

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Passionate about nature and sustainable living we love good food, wine, cooking and throwing parties at home for no reason.

I’m not into waiting, I’m for living and being true to yourself. I wear the ‘good’ clothes and use the ‘good’ china, crystal for picnics and candlesticks for pizza. I like to do things my own way and have a deep dislike of rules, conservatism and ‘supposed to’s.’

It’s true living in the country and getting older can be death, just not the way I do it.

I’m interested in peoples happiness and being a good human. I’m interested in consciousness, mindfulness and how we make the world a better place. I believe we are all one. I appreciate the little things but like big thinkers, doers and dreamers. I believe we’re all creative with unlimited potential. I believe it’s our duty to grow, change and be always learning, to love ourselves so we can love and put more love in the world. I want to be part of that conversation. 

‘Start your own revolution, cut out the middle man.’ Billy Bragg

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Here in Leitrim we designed and built our happy home, a romantic tall flowers, red windows and two chimneys dream.

The house is a muse, it inspires me. I love decorating, vignetting, photographing and sketching it. I spend a LOT of time here so it’s a good thing that I love it…

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I spend lots of time outdoors too… We’ve a one acre garden and small farm on the Sliabh an Iarainn mountain.

‘But always to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.’ Edna Ferber

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For a while, after I had my children, I lost myself, there are so many ways to lose yourself, this and related ill-health was mine.

I was always a writer, an artist in my soul. I knew it but I wasn’t really doing anything conscious with it like ‘actual’ writing. I’d been writing for work, my background is Public Relations, Community Development, Peace & Reconciliation & Arts Management, but not ‘creatively’ since my school days.

So what changed? What enabled me to make the move to conscious creation, to ‘actual’ writing every day, to blogging and painting, to writing a novel? All within two years?

Creativity saved me. At 41 I can say these past few years since starting the blog at age 39, have been the happiest, strongest and most fulfilled of my life. 

‘Beware; I am fearless and therefore powerful.’ Mary Shelley

Now I’m a writer because a writer writes and can’t help it, can’t stop, that’s what I do. One day soon I’ll be an author and that’s going to be wonderful but what I know is being the writer’s the important part. I know that because I would do it regardless. I would give it all my hours. I dream of that. What do you dream of? 

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I started this blog to explore my creativity, because I was ready for healing and change in my life. I wanted an adventure and to see where it would lead me.  I hoped it might lead me to writing that novel I knew I had in me.

Best – decision – ever!!!

That’s a snapshot of me and my big juicy life here in Leitrim. I hope these pages will help you embrace your own passions or keep you company as you travel your own path.

xo Jane, Writer & Inspirer.

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Some of Your Letters…

Hi Jane,
Met you briefly at the organic centre a few months ago and have been following your blog ever since. I love your random dips into fashion, culture, food, education and society- its benefits and ills. Some days you make me laugh, others I smile or even cry. Anyway, I saw the following piece elsewhere yesterday and thought of you. It’s what I love most about your blog – your CREATIVITY – Hope you like it. Thanks for the elements of grace and beauty you bring to everyday life… it reminds me to LIVE life. Marian x

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Just had to drop you a line. I have been following you for a bit now and the images, quotes, poems, etc you post never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thank you for sending out kindness and beauty. It’s appreciated. Elizabeth

 

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Dear Jane, Keep up the fab work.Without wanting to sound like a fruit cake you have inspired me. I have taken out my old box of watercolours, and promised the kids we will paint this evening. I used to be creative but bar cooking have forgotten that side if me. Aisling.

Dear Jane adore your blog, the poetry and images the food and shopping lists can so relate.. Think you create a very special presence and the whole tone and depth of your postings is so very beautiful and meaningful..and utterly smart and not at all flimsey, fluffy or wish washy. I applaud what you do your courage and intellect. From another sensitive, witchy fearsome do absolutely her own thing always soul. Just wanted to show you support and urge you on, for you to know what you do is very special wonderful work, with kindest regards Maria..

 

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    • A Memory July 3, 2015
      It took quite a bit of searching to find this painting. It’s by an artist called Stepanie Fryer. I fell in love with it about eight years ago at a joint exhibition she was having with well known local artist and friend Sandra Vernon. At the time I was running a traditional performing arts company […]
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    • My Morning Routine July 3, 2015
      Dear friends, it’s Friday, I’m sitting in my new favourite place in the garden, behind the delphiniums. It’s a beautiful morning, my favourite kind, blustery. Here’s a snapshot of my day so far, as you can see it’s heavy on ‪#‎creativity‬… Goodbye Adrian Coffee Closed the gates Fed and dressed children and me Wrote in […]
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    • The Owl & The End of Fear July 2, 2015
      Dear friends, if you come here often you know I’m always talking about creativity and how embracing my creativity has changed my life. I’m happier, more fulfilled, more mindful, more open, the list is infinite, results divine. Creative work is a way to know and become yourself but it is also a way out of […]
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    • 5 Ways to Make Your Sunday Special June 28, 2015
      1. Have a Family Coffee Morning This is basically a way for parents of small children to buy time in bed that would otherwise never happen. It’s most likely too early to even think about breakfast yet so we’re talking everyone in our bed, a tray with the essential coffee for us, drinks and snacks […]
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    • ‘The Artist’s Way’ – Book Review June 24, 2015
      I’m about a third of the way through reading a book I’ve been meaning to read a few years now, ‘The Artist’s Way’ A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Soul, by Julia Cameron. My thoughts on this can be summed up in three words, ‘buy it immediately,’ or in many, as follows… This […]
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    • Soundtrack To My Morning June 23, 2015
      With small children and busy modern life it can be hard to find moments of quiet and with school holidays starting this week I thought I should capture a moment. So I sat here for an hour with tea and delphiniums, alliums, books, notebooks and roses, just listening. To share in this moment of mindfulness […]
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    • Summer Solstice – Time To Come Alive June 21, 2015
      Dear friends, I’m sharing this post with a heart full of love for the wonderful community here at That Curious Love of Green. Those who have trusted me with their creativity, their fears and dreams and those who have reached out to support and encourage me on my own creative journey. I am ever humbled, […]
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    • Even More Books… June 19, 2015
      Hello dear friends, ‘who all’s there?’ (a very Irish question) Thank you so much everyone who de-lurked and brightened my yesterday. As promised I will get back to you over the weekend. This is just a quick post in the pulse of the moment. A better day, the med’s may be helping. So every Friday […]
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    • Easy Onion Soup & Annual De-Lurking Day… June 18, 2015
      Dear friends. Seeing as how I’m under the weather and all I thought this would be the perfect time to declare a blog de-lurking day. Surely you wouldn’t deny me? In short if you read this blog and in particular if you seldom/never comment then I’m asking you to come out of the bushes and […]
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    • Pneumonia June 17, 2015
      Seems I have pneumonia. Not confirmed but my doctor says he’s pretty certain. I’ve been in the wars for a while and let it go on too long. I just didn’t take it seriously until I had to. So a long running cold turned into a chest infection, compounded by the return of my middle […]
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