I have spent the last year studying for a MSc in Organic Horticulture. It was a great experience but it took over my life and my blog has been seriously neglected. The course literally dropped from the sky on to my doorstep – it was held on the Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen and run by University College Cork. The first its kind in Europe. I made such great friends and learnt so much and it wasn’t just listening to lectures we visited organic farms and horticulture businesses across West Cork, all so welcoming and keen to pass on their knowledge. Many thanks to all the lecturers Prof. Peter Jones, Klaus Laitenberger and Eoin Lettice who were so generous with their time.