This Week

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Each Friday (or therabouts)! I will endeavor to post things of interest that have grabbed my attention throughout the previous seven days. Things to inspire, fascinate, educate and generally get you buzzing.

I have been thinking a lot these days about mindfulness and about the daily trails of trying to juggle several projects (including family) at once. I have never been in the position before of working for myself or of trying to do this from home - Sometimes I find it all quite challenging.

Trying to feel a sense of achievement in your professional life, whilst undertaking it all in the midsts of your personal life and space It is not always easy.

The key of course is BALANCE - The task is how to develop ways and methods to balance parallel or multiple tasks - So far I have discovered:

  • All are inextricably linked - trying to pretend they are not leaves your head in a muddle!
  • Organise - So that you are able to distinguish between practices.
  • Plan - In order to get started and carry out your creative cravings with some semblance of order.
  • Passion - You have to believe in what you are doing and have confidence in your ideas. DO IT, don't wait around for everything to fit into place by itself! 
  • Focus - Or you won't be able to do anything!
  • Set Goals - Weekly, monthly, annual and even 5 year goals, create a vision of where you want to go, this certainly helps me.
  • Learn to say no - Be aware that you can NOT do everything. 
  • Practice mindfulness and reflect  - For me - Yoga.

Balance = Harmony.

*This is a work in progress

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This Week

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Each Friday (or therabouts)! I will endeavor to post things of interest that have grabbed my attention throughout the previous seven days. Things to inspire, fascinate, educate and generally get you buzzing.

There is a 'Super Moon' tomorrow, I sense that I can feel its draw already.

Earlier this year, we had a water diviner out here, so that we could establish the best spot for a well - We live between two lakes, so water is fairly abundant around these parts. It didn't hugely surprise me when the diviner informed us that the house is practically sitting on and is surrounded by water.

This knowledge explained the unknown energy source that I sometimes feel or sense from the house, an un-settled energy at times. Needless to say that between tomorrow's super full moon and all the rain that has been falling recently - things around here are stirring. 

I find pastry and baking is always a good remedy, so envisage the kitchen may be hot this weekend. I made this galette a couple of days ago - Garden rhubarb and berry - enjoyed at dusk, on the porch with homemade meadowsweet ice cream and a strong cup of tea -  It helps! 

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Naduir Garden & Herb Day

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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. 

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Chive & Marigold FlowerButter

Chive & Marigold FlowerButter

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Preparing the chive and marigold flower butter

Preparing the chive and marigold flower butter

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Buckwheat Fermentation

Buckwheat Fermentation

Ciara's Cake

Ciara's Cake

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Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

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Herb Paste

Herb Paste

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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

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Hiding in the Potato's

Hiding in the Potato's

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This Week

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Each Friday, I will endeavor to post things of interest that have grabbed my attention throughout the previous seven days. Things to inspire, fascinate, educate and generally get you buzzing.

Well, the weather is still miserable in America Village, I love the light in May and really haven't seen much of it this year. I have been trying to make the most of spending longer days indoors by experimenting and doing lots of research into all things Apothecary and by buying an item or two to wear.

For the past year or so I have made it my personal policy to buy only second hand clothes or if new, only ethically made items from small producers, Irish wherever possible. So I was delighted when I came across a few second hand vintage beauties in a local shop this past week. I bagged myself a fab Tori Richard wide legged trouser suit to brighten my days, inspiring me to believe that I am wandering around an exquisite Honolulu hotel, sun rays beaming through the open windows, as opposed to mi casa on the wet, windy west coast of Ireland -

Oh escapism - I'm off to cut up a pineapple, prepare a Pina Colada, put on my new outfit and watch South Pacific! 

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The February Garden

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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! 

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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. 

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'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.

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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.

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