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Celtic winter

Posted March 11, 2009

Before the season slips away I wanted to share with you some wintry photographs from a friend far away. Kira Isacoff (also known as Kira Patefield-Smith) lives in Wales on a farm that was once a Roman fort. Kira is a wonderful photographer and a brilliant writer. Her children’s book Squash and Rowan is a delightful story about Halloween and the power of light conquering darkness.

I first mentioned Kira on this blog in November after she wrote me a letter saying her seven year old son Chap goes to sleep each night listening to my Peaceful Journey album. Kira and Chap both fall within the spectrum of autism. And while they share many struggles they also share many artistic talents and joys. Kira educates Chap at home and they are constantly exploring fascinating stories, crafts, paintings and music. I have thoroughly enjoyed exchanging photographs and emails with Kira over the last five months.

Kira’s creative eye comes out in these three lovely images I have chosen to call Celtic Winter. If you would like to learn more about Kira you can check out her website including blog and book information at

Kira has a cousin who lives in North Carolina. She goes to Warren Wilson College at Swannanoa. I thought it would be nice to have our Carolina Conversations blogging friends send a warm North Carolina greeting to Kira across the sea. Please leave your comments below. Let us cheer a couple of kind and gentle hearts in Wales.


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  • fishnett5977 Mar 11, 2009

    What a lovely name - Kira!! From Meadow NC to Wales - thank you for the beautiful pictures!!! And thanks to Bill for sharing! My ancestors were from Scotland and Wales - the Stewart clan - I have a dream of going to visit my "other" homeland! I have a email/chat friend who lives about 2 hours south of Edinburgh(sorry about the spelling). His name is Ernie and his wife is Lorie. Please ask Kira to please keep sending you stuff, Bill! I have no artistic talents - unless you coundt cooking!lol But I love to learn and love anything Celtic and mystical! And to Kira and Chap, blessings to you both! :)

  • tangerine Mar 11, 2009

    What beautiful photographs!

  • blytle Mar 11, 2009

    To Kira: I think you have chosen one of the most beautiful places on earth to live. I have visited Wales (many, many years ago) and thought it was just lovely. I enjoyed your website and will visit it often.

  • uncpir8 Mar 11, 2009

    I read through some of Kira's blog posts and checked out the website...she is very talented. She should be very proud of all that she has accomplished with her son. I wish I had a fraction of Kira's (or Chap's) talents!

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