New Year ahead…old year remembered.

1 Jan

lurgan 050


As we celebrate the arrival of 2014 I’m in the mood to have a look back at 2013.

The high point for Andy and I was moving into our new house last February.

lurgan 017


A few days after we got there there was a snowfall. The netted area was where the previous owners had their chicken run…this is now where the polytunnel and raised beds are.




March saw my Mother here for the first visit to the new house. She prefers it to our old place in Arigna as there are no hills making it easier for walking. She will be 78 in June and still grows nearly all her own veg.



Freddie looking cute!



Lumberjacks and blue skies in April.



May saw the start of our lovely Summer weather.  We also made our first Hugelkultur beds…very successful they have been too.



On what was to be one of the hottest days of the year our polytunnel arrived and was erected in three hours. It was about 27c that day. Beautiful!



Water Lily.



Beautiful Summer Butterflies and flowers.



Berried Guelder Rose by the pond in August.



A lovely visit to Sue and the  donkeys at the sanctuary in Castlebaldwin.



Mid September we visited the wonderful Terra Nova garden in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. We intend to return there in Summer 2014 to see the garden in it’s full glory.



By October most of the renovations were done and the finishing touches could be added. So nice to finally get all our stuff out of the boxes again.



Beautiful Autumn colours…

Hazelwood 050


and Sunday afternoons walking in woodlands with good friends made the shortening days so pleasant.



A beautiful December sunrise.

We are so looking forward to the coming year here. Lots of work to be done on the garden and who knows what else the year will hold for us. All good things I hope.

As I bid you adieu for now it only remains to wish each and every one of you a peaceful…happy and prosperous year ahead. Thank you much for your ongoing support.

Happy New Year!





22 Responses to “New Year ahead…old year remembered.”

  1. cindyricksgers January 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Happy New Year to you, too, Bridget, and thanks for this lovely wander through the past year!

  2. Susie Dixon January 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Happy new year and all good wishes for 2014.
    love Susiex

  3. june January 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    You and Andy have had one brilliant year, Bridget. Beginning with the house you’ve so beautifully turned into a home and homestead, and all the journeys along the way through the seasons. Thank you for taking us along with you through your photos and your words. I look forward to seeing more of you and Andy this year – be it at the market or socially over at your lovely place. I wish you a very happy new year, my friend.

  4. gardendaze January 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    What a lovely look back. Thank you so much for sharing. Much health and happiness in 2014.


  5. Kevin January 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Bridget, what a beautiful year it was — and I hope that 2014 provides you with beautiful blooms and a bountiful harvest. Happy New Year!

  6. cathsveggies1 January 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Lovely pics to look back at and looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year 🙂 Happy New year, Bridget.

  7. Sarah January 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    Happy new year Bridget – hope it brings much happiness,

  8. Mominthegarden January 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    What a wonderful year you have had! Happy New Year to you too Bridget! Dana

  9. GFwinecountryliving January 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Lovely look back at 2013! Enjoyed it!

  10. KerryCan January 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    I love your retrospective–it really seems to capture a great year! Your photos are lush and beautiful!

  11. Anne Wilson January 2, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Happy New Year to you both. I’m impressed that you have all your boxes unpacked, nearly three years on for us and we still have things in boxes. Loved the photo of Freddie, he’s such a poser.

  12. PlantPostings January 2, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    Happy New Year! The new place looks lovely, inside and out. All the best to you and yours in the months ahead!

  13. Small House Under a Big Sky January 2, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Happy new year from the Small House Under a Big Sky, SW Michigan USA!

  14. Marla aka Crazy Mom January 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm #


  15. wildsherkin January 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Happy New Year, Bridget. A lovely reminder of the year, Patsy

  16. sweffling January 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    All the very best to you and yours for 2014:)

  17. wellywoman January 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Happy New Year, Bridget. I enjoyed looking back over your first year in your new home. Hope 2014 is a happy one for you and your family. x

  18. Christina January 3, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    Thank you for sharing your first year at the new house, Bridget. I hope 2014 will be kind to all gardeners.

  19. Eliza Waters January 4, 2014 at 2:15 am #

    A lovely walk through your year – thank you for sharing so much beauty with us. May 2014 surpass your greatest hopes and dreams!

    • bridget January 5, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Thank you Eliza. May you too have a wonderful 2014.

  20. Donna@Gardens Eye View January 5, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    Bridget what a lovely look back…and here is to an even better New Year!!

    • bridget January 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

      and to you too Donna.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: