Category Archives: 2011 – Let’s do it

Christmas Eve 2011

Christmas Eve is my favourite day over the Christmas hols. The family have just arrived home. The fridge is packed with all the festive fare. There are mince pies to make, the Christmas cake to decorate and vegetables to dig … Continue reading

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November 2011 – Willow planting and Christmas wreathes

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I try to plant fifty trees a year, helped by giving guests a young sapling to take home and at the end of the summer any trees I’m left with I plant around our boundary. This year I’ve really beat … Continue reading

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October 2011 – Nature’s Palette

Nature’s masterpiece through my window delights me every season. In autumn there is a simplicity about it, with the trees stripped bare by the storms, standing erect, silhouetted against the golden autumn sky. Sometimes I wish I could paint, but … Continue reading

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September 2011 – Preparing for Winter

As we enter September suddenly there is a chill in the air, reminding us that soon the long summer days will be over and we will be constrained by the shortened hours of daylight. The swallows are gathering and there … Continue reading

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August 2011 – Summer Evenings at Rosscarbery

This summer when the work was done we headed off to the beach. We are creatures of habit and our favourite evening haunt was Rosscarbery.  It was the allure of fish and chips from Rocs, sand and all that won … Continue reading

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July 2011 – Cunning Mr Fox

They say don’t count you chicks until they are hatched and that’s certainly true this month. A fox has come and taken several of our ducks. In one way he did us a favour as he took the three drakes … Continue reading

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June 2011 – We’re expecting ducklings!

Two of our Khaki Campbell ducks are sitting on eggs. To begin with it was just one but then another one joined in. At first we thought they would never keep it up, as ducks are notoriously bad at sitting … Continue reading

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May 2011 – The wild flower garden

Apparently April was one of the driest Aprils on record and despite the lack of rain it has, as the poem says, brought May flowers. So much so that I decided to do a survey of the wild flowers in … Continue reading

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Apr 2011 – Easter walk to Barlogue Pier, Lough Hyne

This Easter we had family to stay in the cottages and the sun shone and shone. We had lots of day trips: Bantry House; the English Market in Cork City; and Schull harbour. But the best day of all was … Continue reading

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Mar 2011 – Inspiration & Preparation

I’m looking for inspiration in the vegetable garden. Last year I dug up the grass paths between the beds, but it was hard to keep them neat in the summer, so we have decided on raised beds. The first seeds … Continue reading

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Feb 2011 – St. Brigid’s Day

1st of February marks the first day of spring in Ireland and throughout the nation’s primary schools the children are singing to St. Brigid. After the hard winter the first signs of life in the garden are most welcome. The bulbs … Continue reading

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Jan 2011 – Out with the old and in with the new

I love the New Year there’s something wonderful about being able to start afresh again and planning the year ahead. Last year I failed miserably in planting my vegetables at regular intervals and we had times of famine and feast! … Continue reading

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