Category Archives: 2010 – Learning lessons

Dec 2010 – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

This is beginning to be a habit – snow at Christmas. The once mild winter climate of West Cork has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Unfortunately, even having had snow last year, we were completely unprepared for it and … Continue reading

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Nov 2010 – Homemade Treats

I’m feeling inspired by ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas’ a Channel 4 TV series. In these times of austerity a homemade Christmas makes sense and is great fun. So far I have the Chutneys made, along with a relish to go with the … Continue reading

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Oct 2010 – Golden Sunsets

During the summer months the sun sets on the northern side of the valley behind the Gallery, but during a single week it moves across to the southern side, setting for a short period on the sea, marking the beginning … Continue reading

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Sep 2010 – Love is in the air!

Lenny the Lonesome duck now has three female companions. I call them ‘Lenny and his Ladies’. The three Khaki Campbell drakes that didn’t get on with Lenny also now have a girl friend each, although with their loud quakes they’re … Continue reading

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Aug 2010 – Beach bags, packed lunches, ferry rides & Sherkin Island

Each year as August rolls on there’s a day when I suddenly realise that summer is almost at an end and from that day onwards we take every opportunity to head off to the beach – Tralispeen if we only … Continue reading

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Jul 2010 – Fruity Compote

They say the sign of a good gardener is that there is neither famine nor feast in a garden. This is something I can’t quite master, all the produce in the veg garden and orchard seems to have ripened at … Continue reading

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Jun 2010 – Killer Whales

This really is one of the driest years I can remember – the duck pond has dried up, we are having to water the garden most nights and have the blinds permanently drawn in the greenhouse to prevent the young … Continue reading

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May 2010 – Seedlings

My success rate in germinating the seeds that I planted in April was actually quite poor in our new unheated greenhouse and this was very disappointing, especially as we made such a big investment in it – it was a … Continue reading

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Apr 2010 – April Showers

On Easter Sunday there certainly were April showers, but between the showers the sun shone and we decided to pack a picnic and head off to Clonakilty, first to Lisselan Gardens for an Easter egg hunt and then on to … Continue reading

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Mar 2010 – Best laid plans

March is traditionally the month for planning the vegetable garden, but as they say ‘The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft astray’ and I hadn’t taken into account the consequences of having free-range chickens and ducks. At the … Continue reading

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Feb 2010 – Animal Antics

This is the first winter that we have been self-sufficient in wood. The trees we planted last year will be many years before they can be harvested, but in the mean time the old ash on the north side of … Continue reading

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Jan 2010 – The Big Freeze

The frosts continued into the New Year, but once again we avoided the heavy snow experienced by the East coast of Ireland and throughout the UK. We did have one day at the end of the ‘Big Freeze’ when it … Continue reading

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