Category Archives: 2012 – Staying on course

Nov 2012 – Humpback whales off Baltimore

There’s great excitement on the water with several sightings of humpback whales. First the schools of herring arrive, then the dolphins and finally the humpback whales, which have been observed bubble feeding. The whales work as a team with different … Continue reading

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September 2012 – Pigs in Clover

Sep has been a wonderful month, the sun shone and finally I built the pigs’ new pen. They say ‘nothing as happy as pigs in mud’, but that just wasn’t true for my two. In fact on muddy days Blackberry … Continue reading

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August 2012 – Fattening the Pigs

The pigs are now enormous. When the farmer gave them to me he said, ‘They just eat a hand-full of barley a day.’ Now 3 months later they’re going through a 25kg bag of pig pellets and the same of … Continue reading

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July 2012 – Training our Collie Puppy

We’ve been thinking about getting a dog for a while, but our needs were quite specific. It had to be good with cats, pigs, and chickens and not too noisy. I decided on a collie, as I have fond memories … Continue reading

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June 2012 – The pigs have arrived

The vet has been and we passed! The pigs have arrived. They’re so cute. We got them from a neighbour who breeds rare breed Saddleback pigs and he happened to mention that he had two pigs that had never grown … Continue reading

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May 2012 – Preparing for Pigs

With the veg beds moved, now we’ve been able to sort out the pig pen. Stock wire and stout posts were hammered in and two new gates reinforced with galvanised wire. We couldn’t get a pig arc locally so the … Continue reading

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April 2012 – Slug Attack

I long for the day when my garden reaches a state of equilibrium and all I will need to do is to maintain it. Every year I think, ‘Next year, I’ll be there’. It must be something to do with … Continue reading

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Mar 2012 – Espalier Apple Trees

Trees are my one indulgence and this month once again I’ve been seduced by fruit trees. There’s the blossom in the spring, canopy of leaves in summer and in autumn a glorious harvest. We planted our main orchard five years … Continue reading

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Feb 2012 – The first day of Spring in West Cork

The winter in Europe this year has been extreme with temperatures as low as -20 degrees C in Northern Italy and the Danube freezing over. And after our short experience of snow last year, it is unimaginable what people must … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day 2012 – Walk to the top of Lough Hyne Forest (Knockomagh Wood Nature Reserve)

On New Year’s Day, after relaxing by the fire all week, too many chocolates and lots of tasty treats, we decided that we would start the year as we meant to go on and walk to the top of Lough … Continue reading

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