Lughnasa

P1011764.JPG

According to Celtic Mythology the God of Lugh of the Tuatha Dé Dannan established the festival of Lughnasa. Traditionally it marks the beginning of the harvest season - The day the first meal of the new crops were eaten. 

It is also known as Domhnach Chrom Dubh and Garland Sunday and is often celebrated in rural Ireland on the closest Sunday to the 31st July / 1st August. 

I missed last month's Garden Post, so today is the perfect day to share some of our garden fare.

This evening we will eat from the garden and give praise to the bounty she offers up to us each season - 

Happy Harvest Season.

imgres.jpg
P1011752.JPG
P1011772.JPG
P1011738.JPG
P1011742.JPG
P1011777_instant.jpg

Naduir Garden & Herb Day

America Village Apothecary - Naduir

Last Saturday I had the great fortune to spend my afternoon at Naduir. I usually visit Ciara and Josef's magical space they call home and work every Monday morning for my ritual yoga class with Ciara - THE BEST way to start my week!

Naduir is one of those places that you go to and are never really sure if you truly want to leave. It has an energy that seems to call you by name, welcome you and mould itself around your space whilst allowing you to become one with it's own - Naduir is this Irish word for nature, most appropriate - A more natural, holistic space, you would be hard pressed to find. 

The focus for Saturday's events was a 'Garden & Herb Day'. The few of us who were there from the beginning chatted over the table of herbs, whilst preparing and experimenting with herb salts, stock's, paste's, butters, cure's and cordial's. We had tea and cake (a delicious buckwheat and berry delight that Ciara had made). We made impromptu remedies to stem the bleeding from Josef's cut finger. People came and went. We spent time in the garden, harvesting more herbs, weeding and generally soaking up the sun and playing with the earth! 

Magic - Intoxicating scents, beautiful surroundings and great company - If only every Saturday afternoon could be like this... 

You will find some of the recipe's that we experimented with on the Naduir website. 

P1011130.JPG
P1011119.JPG
P1011178.JPG
P1011165.JPG
P1011197.JPG
P1011137.JPG
Chive & Marigold FlowerButter

Chive & Marigold FlowerButter

P1011181.JPG
Preparing the chive and marigold flower butter

Preparing the chive and marigold flower butter

P1011165.JPG
P1011143.JPG
P1011132.JPG
P1011227.JPG
P1011223.JPG
P1011310.JPG
P1011225.JPG
P1011300.JPG
P1011294.JPG
P1011342.JPG
P1011365.JPG
P1011362.JPG
P1011364.JPG
P1011361.JPG
P1011349.JPG
P1011352.JPG
P1011363.JPG
Buckwheat Fermentation

Buckwheat Fermentation

Ciara's Cake

Ciara's Cake

P1011271.JPG
Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

P1011210.JPG
P1011308.JPG
P1011246.JPG
P1011265.JPG
P1011244.JPG
Herb Paste

Herb Paste

P1011278.JPG
The culprit 'World's Sharpest Knife'!

The culprit 'World's Sharpest Knife'!

Josef's cut finger

Josef's cut finger

Yarrow cure to stop bleeding.

Yarrow cure to stop bleeding.

Yarrow

Yarrow

P1011207.JPG
P1011170.JPG
P1011180.JPG
P1011195.JPG
P1011233.JPG
P1011179.JPG
P1011171.JPG
P1011166.JPG
P1011187.JPG
P1011162.JPG
P1011161.JPG
P1011158.JPG
P1011150.JPG
P1011148.JPG
P1011175.JPG
P1011152.JPG
P1011135.JPG
P1011131.JPG
P1011124.JPG
P1011126.JPG
P1011360.JPG
P1011338.JPG
P1011355.JPG
P1011360.JPG
Hiding in the Potato's

Hiding in the Potato's

P1011368.JPG
IMG_4052.JPG

The May Garden

P1011088.JPG

At the beginning of the year I made a kind of Garden Plan, or guideline as I opted to call it, I can now honestly say as we enter the month of June, I probably haven't stuck to it at all!

It is just so hard to to stick to a plan when it comes to the garden - Am I wrong? I find that I see different things up there all the time and want new things planted all the time. 

I have now realised that you can't really plan for your garden, in the same way that you can't really plan for a party - You never know who is going to show up, when they might arrive, what they will do when they have made an appearance and how they will behave! 

No -

I now realise gardening is a lot like partying, it's best to just go with the flow, have a loose plan and manage it the best way you can whilst keeping everybody (including yourself) well fed, watered and happy --- Another dance to nature's rhythm.

Mint drying

Mint drying

P1011080.JPG
Porch Herbs

Porch Herbs

More mint hanging to dry

More mint hanging to dry

P1011081.JPG
P1011069.JPG
P1010925.JPG
P1010963.JPG
Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

P1011032.JPG
P1011047.JPG
P1011059.JPG
P1011060.JPG
First Wild Rose Blossoms

First Wild Rose Blossoms

P1011036.JPG
P1011044.JPG
Lupin

Lupin

Foxglove

Foxglove

Chives

Chives

Sage

Sage

P1011005.JPG
P1011011.JPG
Purple Cabbage

Purple Cabbage

P1010987.JPG
P1011004.JPG
P1011051.JPG
Curly Kale

Curly Kale

P1010992.JPG
Leeks

Leeks

P1010999.JPG
P1010990.JPG
Heirloom Strawberry

Heirloom Strawberry

Coriander

Coriander

Nettle fertiliser brew!

Nettle fertiliser brew!

Courgette

Courgette

P1011095.JPG
P1011100.JPG
P1010952.JPG
Lavender

Lavender

P1010971.JPG
Rocket Flowers

Rocket Flowers

May was a pretty miserable month weather wise for us, so I wasn't outdoors as often as I had hoped, but am beginning to catch up with things now. I have been planting a few herbs - Sage, coriander, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, thyme, chives, as well as hanging some out to dry for the Apothecary. 

The courgettes that I planted out were all eaten by slugs (enemy no.1 at present) I am in the process of trying a number of solutions to deter them, namely, egg shells, coffee grinds and now salt! The courgette in the greenhouse are doing well though.

I have sewn 3 varieties of beetroot, some peas, purple cabbage, carrots, onions, leeks, curly kale, peppers, chili's, more salad herbs and leaves and squash (my own seeds I saved so am looking forward to seeing if they sprout at all).

The fruit bushes are doing as they should, we should have a good few blueberries, blackcurrants and raspberries and are already enjoying the wild strawberries. I spotted the first wild rose this week and am already getting exciting at the thoughts of a bumper rosehip harvest.

- Here's to happy gardening and happy dancing!

Salad Herbs

Salad Herbs

Squash & Beetrrot

Squash & Beetrrot

Garlic

Garlic

P1011108_instant.jpg
P1011111_instant.jpg
P1011114_instant.jpg

In June I hope to:

  • Make borders for the beds
  • Get wood bark to put down between the beds
  • Construct a new seat for myself
  • Weed and hoe and thin where required
  • Check for slugs every evening and morning and keep an eye out for other pests!
  • Sew pumpkins 
  • Sew rainbow chard
  • Have a pool party barbeque!
  • ...And accept whatever nature has to offer...
P1010932.JPG
Chamomile

Chamomile

The April Garden

Pear blossom / America Vilage

April has been a busy month in the garden. The weather has really helped to motivate me, there have been some gorgeous days out there recently - I'm talking sun cream and hammock kind of days. 

We have been eating plenty of garden produce already, in fact I have pretty much been living off homemade coleslaw, pesto and lettuce, rocket, dandelion and wild garlic salad's. You just can't beat that feeling of wandering around the garden, picking fresh food and having it for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes supper!

I have also been enjoying the odd mint Julep on these bright evenings. Mint is one of my most favourite herbs, I would gladly throw it into everything prepared in the kitchen, so I was delighted to see the mint re-appear this month. I allow it to grow wild around our little wooded area - It would actually please me greatly if I had a lawn of mint!

Mint
IMG_3560.JPG
Antebellum Mint Julep

Antebellum Mint Julep

P1010520.JPG
Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic

Coriander

Coriander

P1010551.JPG
Cucumber

Cucumber

The greenhouse that Micheál built last autumn is proving to be such a wonderful asset. I sewed all the seedling's in there and they have all sprouted well. 

So far we have started off: Courgette's; Cucumbers; Onions; Wild Strawberries; Coriander; Chives; Lettuce leaves; Rocket and additional blueberries and blackcurrants'.

With these few plants and the left over winter crop of sprouting broccoli and cabbage, along with the wild foods growing around us, such as the sorrel, dandelion and wild garlic, I have found that we have a plentiful addition to the nutritional needs of a family of five - In fact, it is hard to use the broccoli and cabbage fast enough, I have let some go to seed as the bees are feasting on the flowers. 

P1010633.JPG
Courgette

Courgette

Rocket

Rocket

P1010543.JPG
Last Year's Onions

Last Year's Onions

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

P1010635.JPG
IMG_3557.JPG
P1010624.JPG
Lettuce Leaves

Lettuce Leaves

P1010557.JPG
Rhubarb

Rhubarb

P1010601.JPG
Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root

Dandelion Spritzer

Dandelion Spritzer

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

P1010496.JPG
P1010508.JPG

I am re-discovering that it is such a lovely time in the garden at the moment, there is so much appearing, new things seem to pop up each day. The blossoms are now on the pear and apple trees and the wild rose bushes are full of life again. 

So much happening in the space of a month, I can't wait until May - One of my most favourite months of the year!

America Village Garden
Blueberry

Blueberry

Chamomile

Chamomile

Courgette

Courgette

IMG_3510.JPG
IMG_3507.JPG
IMG_3508.JPG
Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom

P1010518.JPG
IMG_3520.JPG
P1010609.JPG
P1010565.JPG
P1010604.JPG
P1010606.JPG
Blueberry

Blueberry

IMG_3562.JPG
P1010531.JPG
Beach Combing finds!

Beach Combing finds!

P1010611.JPG

We had a problem with some white and green fly on the strawberry plants in the greenhouse. I was told to boil garlic and spray the plants with the water. I have done so and it actually seems to work, so far so good - Fingers crossed, the last thing I want is green fly in the green house all year. Any other suggestions are welcomed.

Green Fly Solution

Green Fly Solution

P1010602.JPG
Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper

P1010540.JPG
P1010538.JPG
P1010561.JPG
P1010509.JPG

In May I hope to:

  • Sow - Beetroot; Carrots; Peppers; Chard; Radish.
  • Plant a few flowers.
  • Keep an eye on the new plants and keep the beds raked and fertilized.
  • Construct a structure to protect the soft fruits.
  • Enjoy the garden!
P1010528.JPG
P1010527.JPG

The March Garden

P1010202.JPG

Spring has sprung in Baile Mheiriceá - Sap is rising, lambs are bleeting, birds are waking me from my slumber at six every morning, buds are emerging, dandelions, nettles and wild garlic are in my sights - The clocks spring forward an hour this weekend - Oh what a difference a month can make!

P1010195_instant.jpg
P1010185_instant.jpg
P1010201.JPG

What is it about Spring that just has that ability to lift our spirits - The renewed light after the darkness of winter, the new life in everything nature beholds?

What I really like about spring most of all, is that it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, if you work indoors all day and have no interest in gardening or nature - It still manages to grab you. Just one of the many ways nature has to remind us we are actually a part of it and not always in control of it!

P1010177_instant.jpg
P1010209_instant.jpg
P1010207.JPG

This past month, there has been lots of new growth in the garden, mainly in the 'wild' form. The wild garlic is making a much welcome appearance, next week I will post a few wild Garlic recipes.  The spearmint is also sprouting again, I love walking through our little wooded area first thing in the morning, with the scent of wild garlic and mint wafting on the air. 

The dandelions are also making a much welcome return - I have great plans for these 'weeds'. 

Nettle soup will also be part of the diet in this house from next week on, It is Micheál's specialty and will be on the menu once a week for the month of April, I also have great plans for this 'weed' this year too! 

We tapped a few silver birch last weekend for sap, it was quite slow coming though, We have about a pint so far, I'm not sure what I plan to do with it yet, but will certainly let you know when I figure it out. 

P1010163_instant.jpg
P1010194_instant.jpg
photo.JPG
P1010191.JPG
P1010206_instant.jpg
P1010183_instant.jpg
P1010184_instant.jpg
P1010175.JPG
P1010174.JPG

The rocket, lettuce and coriander seeds that I planted a couple of weeks ago in the greenhouse are beginning to emerge, there is still no sight of the courgette and cucumber yet though.

This weekend and the week ahead are promised quite warm and fine, so I am expecting a lot more growth and action out in the garden. We plan to sow more seeds and spread all the donkey manure Micheál has collected and get the wild strawberry plants and blackberry bushes in the ground.

We have a busy garden / yard tidy and organise weekend planned, we have to make space for a new addition - I'll keep you posted!

P1010189_instant.jpg
P1010173_instant.jpg
P1010172_instant.jpg
P1010168.JPG
P1010180_instant.jpg
P1010162_instant.jpg
P1010163.JPG
P1010159.JPG

Considering this post is coming so late in March, here is my April to do list :

  • Sow more seeds indoors
  • Ready the beds for planting in May
  • Plant onion sets
  • Dig Ridges
  • Tidy Garden area after winter storms
  • Sow edible and companion flowers
  • Plant wild strawberry beds
  • Check out solutions for white fly on strawberries
  • Tap more Birch trees
  • Make lots of Wild garlic pesto for the months ahead!
P1010156.JPG

The February Garden

P1019483.JPG

Yesterday was a perfect day to be in the garden, after all the storms that we have been having it actually felt like a Spring day, it was dry, fresh and bright - So I wasted no time and headed out. First on my list was the greenhouse, it is in need of a good tidy and organise. I managed to complete about a third of what I had hoped to do, but I suppose that it outdoor living for you - There are just way too many distractions! 

P1019500_instant.jpg
P1019539.JPG
P1019541.JPG
P1019537.JPG
P1019529_instant.jpg
P1019490_instant.jpg
P1019489_instant.jpg

So, the garden list/plan has been somewhat of a success. I have found that it is quite hard to try and tie yourself to a plan regarding something that it constantly emerging and growing. I guess that I am a wild garden kind of a gal'.

Now having said that I am consulting my plan, however I am allowing this plan to be more of an organic process! Guidelines are probably more of an accurate description. 

P1019511.JPG
P1019517.JPG
P1019516_instant.jpg
P1019510.JPG

'Guidelines' for the Garden 2014:

Seeds (buy Irish where possible):

  • Carrots
  • Potato's
  • Onions
  • Chard
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Beetroot
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Pumpkins / Squash
  • Peas
  • Broad Beans
  • Spinach

I think that these should do us for starters along with what we already have, cabbage, broccolli, strawberries and all that grows wild around us, such as blackberries and mushrooms.

Herbs will be covered in the Apothecary Page at a later stage (thats a whole other 'plan').

As regards flowers, I don't have much of a flower garden, the flowers around us are mainly wild flowers. Last year I did decide that the front of the house needed brightening up a little so developed two beds, I also grew cornflowers from seed for the past 2 years.

We have a side porch area, that is south facing off of the kitchen, I like to have containers with shots of vibrant colour and scents here. 

We estimate the costs so far for our 'Garden Guidelines' to be in or around €150.

P1019502_instant.jpg
P1019501_instant.jpg

The days are that little bit longer, so weather permitting, for the remainder of the month I hope to be outdoors more, implementing my guidelines - Organising the greenhouse, sowing some seeds, preparing some beds and the best part of all, digging and burying my hands deep in the soil whenever possible.

P1019536.JPG

The January Garden

P1015730_instant.jpg

Ok, I know I skipped the December garden focus, so here is a brief summary of what you missed:

IMG_2346.JPG
IMG_2354.JPG
IMG_2357.JPG

But anyway - back to now, January, a new year - A new garden. Sometimes I find the garden can be overwhelming as there is ALWAYS something that can be done. As a relatively newcomer to the whole area of gardening and growing food to eat, I find that it can be hard to know, just where to begin -

So, I have decided, after consulting many books and online resources that January will be our garden 'Plan Month'.  The time to make a plan of the garden for the next year, how it will look, what we will plant and where and when we will plant it, what we want to grow from seed and how much money we will need to do all of the above - we are on a tight budget, however, I do intend to save money in the shops on groceries later by investing in the garden now.

P1019077_instant.jpg
P1016502_instant.jpg

So here is our Garden To Do List for January:

  • Make a Garden Plan (tune in next month for details & costing estimate)
  • Prune the wild rose bushes - I want a bumper crop of rose hips next year for syrup.
  • Prune the apple and pear trees
  • Plant fruit trees
  • Feed the birds
  • Collect Seaweed.
P1015727_instant.jpg

A note on SEEDS

I do firmly believe that part of our future and our legacy will be SEEDS - What do I mean by this?

Seeds are part of the cyclical life of plants - flowers - pollination - seed. By germinating a seed we can produce food, seeds provide most of the nutrition and dietary requirements which we humans need. 

The key to the future of a sustainable food chain is, in my opinion, the use of local seeds wherever possible. Plants and the products born of these local seed are recently referred to as 'Heirloom'. i.e: Heirloom tomato's. Personally I have an aversion to this kind of branding of foods, we all know some of the other terms: Organic, artisan etc, the reason I'm not such a huge fan of these terms is because I believe that they can exclude people. 

So let's just keep the focus on local and affordable - In order to produce, grow or get your local and affordable plant based food, you need to support your local seed savers and growers - Buy a few seeds and watch them grow, even if you only start on your windowsill with a couple of pots, give it a go!

Let us allow future generations to actually know what an Irish Potato or Apple really tastes and looks like - Support your LOCAL seed savers and buy indigenous seeds.

P1015734_instant.jpg

The November Garden

IMG_0090.JPG

What a difference a month can make. We have had our first frost, the weather is certainly getting cooler and the garden is looking a little bit deserted. 

We had a mammoth Gourd haul, 76 in total. At the beginning of the year, I focussed my attention on the garden, I set myself a goal - to grow pumpkins. I am now enjoying the fruits of my labour most days in the kitchen.

What I love about working in the garden, is that you are constantly learning about nature, within nature, whilst creating nature. 

Now I know why people have a ‘pumpkin patch’, they take over so much room! We are lucky as our garden is situated on a hill, so the pumpkins had free reign to 'flow,' however, next year I will definitely cultivate a 'patch'.

P1017324.JPG
P1017021_instant.jpg
P1017034_instant.jpg
P1017334.JPG
P1017327.JPG
P1017622.JPG

The garden is in need of a good tidy in preparation for next season. The Garlic has been planted in one of the raised beds. The Cabbage and Purple Sprouting Broccoli, whilst slow to grow, appear to be coming on well, the slugs and snails are enjoying them too! The Brussels Sprouts I am not so confident about - time will tell. I am not sure what has happened to the poor rhubarb, it was only planted this year and I know that they take a few years to establish themselves, but she is not looking good since mid October - Any suggestions?

P1017676.JPG
P1017678.JPG
P1017683.JPG
P1017679.JPG
P1017675.JPG
P1017690.JPG
P1017691.JPG

We have also been busy transplanting some of the Alder trees that seem to pop up everywhere around here. They make great firewood as well as providing shelter for roosting birds.  There is something very soulful about transplanting trees in Autumn.

P1017625.JPG
P1017627.JPG
P1017628.JPG
P1017629.JPG
P1017668.JPG

As well as providing a sheltered home for the Squash, Lettuce, Onions and Wild Strawberry, I am also utilising the greenhouse space for seed saving and in preparation for Christmas home decorations!

P1017639.JPG
P1017655.JPG
P1017645.JPG
P1017651.JPG
P1017653.JPG
P1017654.JPG
P1017657.JPG
P1017665.JPG
P1017666.JPG
P1017661.JPG

I was so cold when I came in from the garden recently, my first instinct was to take a picture to illustrate just how cold I felt! …

…Oh yes, that is Clint in the background!

P1017694.JPG
P1017698.JPG

My November Garden To Do List: 

  • Complete two of the jobs I was to do in October!
  1.  Tidy the garden and put some of the beds to rest for the winter
  2. Order Fruit trees. 
  • Seed Saving - Pumpkin/Squash and Sweet Pea's.
  • Read, research and plan for next Spring!

Please feel free to share your Garden exploits and tips.

The October Garden

P1016604.JPG
P1016610.JPG
P1016457_instant.jpg
P1016453_instant.jpg
P1016452_instant.jpg
P1016458_instant.jpg
P1016461_instant.jpg
P1016462_instant.jpg

As I write this, the porch doors are swung wide open and the fresh air of the day gently breezes through the house. It is hard to believe that it is October. It was 19º yesterday, This mild weather that we have become accustomed to could easily change though, it wouldn't be unusual to drop by 10º if the direction of that breeze switches from south to north!  

In preparation for this shift in the weather, October is the month we'll put most of the garden to bed for the winter and begin the retreat indoors to enjoy the comforts and joys of our fireside.   

P1016473.JPG
P1016503.JPG
P1016517_instant.jpg
P1016518.JPG

The long spell of mild weather and the 'Indian summer' that September provided, has resulted in the garden still being alive with growth, colour and the buzzing of bees.

The Squash have taken over much of the garden, whilst the winter cabbage are establishing their ground. The greenhouse that Micháel built, is proving to be a very welcome addition, the lettuce is looking and tasting great and the Wild Strawberry plants that I picked up this month through Galway Plant Swap appear to be enjoying their new surroundings.

Mushroom's keep popping up everywhere in our little wooded area. The Chamomile and Mint offer various wild and wonderful options of concocting beverages',  the Cornflowers are drying, in preparation of becoming eye compress sachet's - I can sense a busy time ahead concocting in the kitchen and crafting by the fireside -  Oh the pleasures of wintering!

P1016541.JPG
P1016563_instant.jpg
P1016558_instant.jpg
P1016573.JPG
P1016575_instant.jpg
P1016569.JPG
P1016475.JPG

I now realise that October is the month to stock up the Pantry with garden fare: Pickles, Syrup's, Chutney's, Relishes', Sauce's and Jam's. All the summer tastes, full of goodness, that will keep us motoring through the winter days. 

I already sense a nesting occurring within myself in preparation for the dark evenings ahead, my mind is beginning to wander from the garden and outdoor activities to preparations indoors - Making and crafting and creating a cozy space for us all to re-charge.

P1016488.JPG
P1016535.JPG
P1016534.JPG

My October Garden To Do List looks something like this: 

  • Keep a close eye on the Squash and harvest when ready.
  • Tidy the garden and put some of the beds to rest for the winter.
  • Stake the tall brassica's: Brussels Sprouts and Purple sprouting broccoli.
  • Order Fruit trees. 
  • Sow over-wintering Garlic.
  • Apple Pickin' and Saucin'.
  • Hallowe'en decorating! 

P1016593_instant.jpg

The September Garden

IMG_1056.JPG

The harvest is underway. The days are getting shorter, the colours of the landscape are hues of russet reds and bronze. You can sense and feel the transition of the seasons. The sun sits a little lower in the sky and your breadth appears in front of you when out rambling early in the morning.

All these magical hints to signal that the on-set of Autumn is upon us.

IMG_1057.JPG
IMG_1062.JPG
IMG_1061.JPG
IMG_1060.JPG
IMG_1064.JPG

I usually sit back and observe this seasonal shift with pleasure. This year I am making more of a hands on contribution. To assist me, I have decided to pen monthly garden to-do lists. Please feel free to share these and exchange notes.

I'm sure there will be a lot of trial and error. 

 

IMG_1066.JPG
IMG_1053.JPG
IMG_1015.JPG
IMG_1050.JPG
IMG_1054.JPG
IMG_1052.JPG
IMG_1049.JPG

September List: 

  • Plant more Brussels Sprouts
  • Plant Winter Cabbage & Garlic
  • Cut off and harden the larger Pumpkins & Squash
  • Harvest the beetroot & remaining tomatoes
  • Dig another ridge and sew green manure
  • Mushroom Picking
  • Blackberryin'! 
  • Can & Preserve the Summer! 

 

What am I looking forward to most? Congregating around the table and tasting the treasures that our land has to offer.  

If you have any further tips, please feel free to get in touch here

IMG_1017.JPG

The Garden

IMG_0634_instant.jpg
IMG_0652_instant.jpg

Well Summer has arrived here in Baile Mheiriceá and what a difference it makes. Everything seems just so much more accessible in the fine weather. 

Most of my morning was spent digging and pounding the earth! I must say there is something very satisfying, primal and gratifying about pounding the earth. I reckon that half an hours good digging a day can only be good for you. 

The purpose of my digging was to construct a small makeshift seat up in the garden, on which I plan to spend time sipping fresh brew in the mornings when planning my days exploits and drinking a stronger concoction in the evenings whilst assessing and admiring my endeavors. I'll keep you posted!

 

P1015719_instant.jpg
P1015798_instant.jpg
P1015532_instant.jpg

I suppose now is a good time to give a short introduction to the garden - It's a work in progress.

The last couple of years have been too busy with babies and adjustments to pour too much energy into it and as I am slowly discovering, a garden needs plenty of time and energy. In fact last year my priority was to get into Galway for the month of July to soak up the Arts Festival, Film fleadh, Volvo Ocean Race finale and general fun and festivities that Galway has to offer in July! Not this year though, I'm feeling more grounded and homebound this year, the kind of grounded that involves pounding the earth and getting dirt under your nails. 

 

P1015506.JPG

This is probably connected to my realisation  that if I want to start to make a difference in our own home, then one of the first places for us to start is the garden. Micheál had always had a couple of ridges with a few things growing before we all came along to join him, but as I said, nurturing new additions into our new family kind of took over from the garden as a priority the past couple of years. We are now trying to put more shape on the garden and hoping to get ahead of ourselves for next year…a little bit of planning. 

Just so we get things clear from the out-set, gardening of all varieties is quite new to me. So rest assured whatever I achieve, you too can, with a little help, perseverance and determination…

It will be worth it.   

 

P1015788_instant.jpg