Under Hunter’s Moon.

18 Oct

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As full Moon approaches the weather is still very mild for October and of course the impending full Moon…which in October is called Hunter’s Moon…means that the nights are just fabulously bright. Well they were until last night but today was a wet day so tonight will more than likely be cloudy. Not much chance of seeing the eclipse then!

During the dry days of last week I decided to try out something I’ve been reading about for some time. Vinegar makes an eco-friendly weed killer. Newsflash: it doesn’t work! We wanted to get rid of some of this perennial Geranium as there’s far too much of it. Our usual method would be mulching but that can’t be done here as the area is planted with Spring bulbs. Looks like we’ll have to get digging!!

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Indoors work continues processing the fruit harvested and frozen during the Summer…this is Blackcurrant wine. The sourdough starter which used the grapes to get it going is now active.

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Autumn fruits are so plentiful this year. The hedgerows are dripping with Elderberries…Ireland’s Echinacea…excellent for the prevention and treatment of colds and flus and building up one’s immune system.

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I used some of this lot to make a tincture and the rest…along with Rosehips and Crab Apples to make a Hedgerow Jelly. As I write more are simmering on the stove to make into Elderberry Cordial tomorrow.

The tincture is very easy to make. Just fill a large glass jar two thirds full with berries then cover with good quality vodka. Leave for at least a month then strain off the liquid.

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Store in dark bottles or jars. Ten drops a day is a good preventative medicine…up to 30 drops if you have a cold or flu. If you look closely you can see I got the date a bit wrong on my label here. Ready in 2313! Must change that!

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Lots of garden produce at the moment too. This meal is completely local grown. The Potatoes are Ratte which I grew in pots outdoors. One pot to eat the other to keep for seed if we liked them. Boy do we like them…they are delicious!  The leftovers were used for potato salad next day. Best spuds ever for potato salad. Shall certainly be growing more of these next year. The Kale and Cucumber we grew ourselves while the Red Cabbage was from a friend’s garden. We ate that raw mixed with Apple as a coleslaw.

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Andy has been busy too. Grass is still growing strong…that’s his department. He also makes sure theres lots of logs cut to keep the stove ticking over. In between those and all his other jobs he took advantage of a few spare hours earlier in the week to paint this lovely artwork for the glass in the door leading from the kitchen to the utility room. Surrounded by his trademark brightly coloured flowers…

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with a lovely Sun in the centre…I love it!

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17 Responses to “Under Hunter’s Moon.”

  1. Kevin October 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I love reading and learning about your life. Thanks for sharing — and I also love Andy’s painted glass!

    • bridget October 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      Thanks Kevin! Hope you get to see the equinox where you are.

  2. Anne Wilson October 18, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Andy’s glass painting is beautiful, Oh to have a steady hand. We will also be growing the Ratte we thought they were lovely.

    • bridget October 19, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Did’nt get the Chestnut flavour a lot of people say Ratte potatoes have but we loved them. A definite for next year.

  3. gardendaze October 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Bridget,
    Yum! Your meal looks lovely!

    As for vinegar as a weed killer, here’s what I’ve learned about it. If you can get the stuff folks use for canning–here it’s 10% vinegar; I’m not sure what you would have there–it will work better. The commercial weed killers with vinegar actually use a 20% strength plus herb oils and that’s why they work.

    The vinegar might stand a better chance of working if you did it on a sunny day. The commercial variety I use over here is called “Burn Out” and it will even take out poison Ivy if I use it in the sun.

    Best of luck!

    Karla

    • bridget October 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks Karla! It was a sunny day when I did it although it does’nt seem it in the pic. The vinegar I used just said distilled vinegar. Don’t think you can get those ones you mention over here. I’ve seen the vinegar weed killer though…marketed as 100% organic. The other areas I can mulch it’s just this area where I can’t because of the bulbs. Maybe I’ll mulch around the bulbs when they come up in the Spring.

  4. Willowarchway October 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Andy is very artistic. I’ve been wanting to glass paint our porch door but am trying to pluck up confidence !

    • bridget October 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Just go for it. The door will have to be flat though or else the paint will run. Andy took out the glass to do this one.

  5. June October 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Wow! You’ve both been so busy, productive and very creative! Andy’s stained glass piece is beautiful. And look at all those gorgeous and delicious garden produce – I wish I had green fingers like yours and Andy’s. Natural nutricious and delicious goodness in abundance. 🙂

    • bridget October 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      June you too are very creative. Saw your pics at the new market. Where is that? Looks like a lovely range of stalls.

      • June October 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

        Thanks, Bridget. That’s a lovely thing to say and I appreciate it. 🙂 The Ben Bulben Craft Market (and Craft Village) is in Rathcormac, just opposite Drumcliffe Church and pretty much looking across the road to the beautiful, majestic and breathtaking Ben Bulben, and is easy to get to, as it’s just a couple of miles past Sligo town centre, going north, on the N15.

        I’ve only just started selling my plaques, pendants and prints there for the past three or four weeks now, and I’m really happy there. While it’s mostly handmade crafters and artists that sell there, there are also a few stalls that sell baked sweet treats and breads and fruit and veggies too, as well as natural herb and-plant infused oils.

        There’s also the Vintage Lane Cafe, and an antiques shop, and a few separate units that house resident artists and talented craftspeople like Ian Carty and Phillip Brett, to name but two, who have workshops as well as their beautiful pieces for sale there. The cafe and the craft units are all right on the premises and are open pretty much all week long. The craft and farmers’ market is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to a little bit after 2 p.m. And the car park is huge!

        I’m quite happy there – all the artists and craftspeople are all lovely folks. If you’re looking or a handmade, hand-crafted gift (and it is coming up to Christmas, y’know), this is a great place to find wonderful, special and unique gifts and crafts – for friends, for family, or a treat for yourself.

        I’d love to see you (and everyone else who’s in the area) some Saturday, so please come by and say hello to a great new craft market and craft village (and have a cuppa and a sweet treat in the cafe whlie you’re there).

        It’d be lovely too if you went to their Facebook page (Ben Bulben Craft Village) and not only gave them a like and a comment, but also, Val (MagnumLady’s Blog) was there last weekend and took some wonderful photos of the market that day – check out her photos and her blog and give her a like and feel free to leave a comment, too).

        Forgive my epic-length comment here, lol. It’s just that I’m happy there’s a place for both crafters and people who love handmade crafts to come and enjoy themselves.

      • bridget October 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

        Sounds great! Will have to get up there and check it out. It’s nice to be under cover for the Winter. Great to have a good cafe on site too. Good luck with your crafts there. xx

      • June October 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

        It’d be lovely to see you and Andy there, definitely. 🙂 The Saturday market is pretty much and almost completely covered with heavy canvas, so even if it’s raining, you’re pretty much sheltered from the elements that can sometimes put a damper (pun irresistible, lol) on a great day out shopping and cafe-ing.

        Thanks very much much for your good wishes. It’s lovely to have a permanent ‘home’ at this craft market, selling my wares alongside some lovely and talented arists and crafters…and a cafe only a few steps away 🙂 See you there! 🙂

  6. Mominthegarden October 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I love the painted glass! Beautiful! Those potatoes look lovely, too. I’m definitely going to try a different variety next year. We grew Sarpo Mira for two years. Good spud, but time for a change! 😉 Dana

    • bridget October 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Sarpo Mira are great for their blight resistance but it’s nice to try something new alongside them. The Ratte did’nt get any blight.

  7. wellywoman October 22, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I’ve used vinegar on weeds growing in the path which has worked but they aren’t substantial plants like your geranium. I wonder if the acetic acid in weedkillers is stronger than the vinegar we can buy?

    • bridget October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      There’s got to be something different in them. I put the vinegar on fairly heavily in some areas as a trial…still no effect.

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