Rainy January days.

6 Jan

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Today is the last day of Christmas…Women’s Christmas or the feast of the Epiphany as it’s also known. The day when the 3 Wise Men brought their gifts to the baby Jesus. I didn’t have any women getting together event so I just went into town and had a peruse of the shops…bought myself a couple of sweatshirts. So much tat the shops get in for the sales…the Earth’s resources being wasted on useless unnecessary stuff.

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We try to avoid buying anything we don’t have a use for…as the great designer William Morris said “Do not have anything in your home which you do not find to be useful or beautiful”…or something like that.

I find it hard to get back into work mode after Christmas. The weather does’nt help. Since mid December storms have been raging out in the Atlantic. They have been coming ashore with great force.  England and Ireland have suffered badly from high winds and flooding. Thankfully we have had no damage here. The land is sodden though so no work can be done in the garden. It’s not advisable to work on the soil if the mud sticks to your boots…you would just be causing compaction.

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Water barrels are full to overflowing but I fear we won’t be watering for some time! In Mid and Eastern America I know temperatures are set to plummet. Lots of heavy snowfalls too. I guess all this extra precipitation is down to global warming. Not a lot we can do about it now as the Planet is well beyond the tipping point. We must endure this climate we have all created by our own greed and consumerism…and still it continues. Very hard to change the lifestyle we have all become accustomed to I suppose.

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The days right now are grey and the air is moisture laden. The rain we get has changed somewhat from the soft rain Ireland is so famous for. Monsoon type showers are what we get now…really heavy rain. I’ve noticed this change for a few years now. It’s like the clouds have a lot more moisture to get rid of. We have’nt had any frost to speak of yet so when it dries I can get back to mulching the beds.

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Despite spending a lot of time indoors right now there is still lots to do. We have been painting our bedroom and the Seville Oranges are waiting to be turned into marmalade. These fruits are organic from the Farmer’s Market in Boyle. Our friends Anne and Simon picked them up for us on Saturday. At €2.50 a kilo I thought they were a bargain. I will process them a kilo at a time. That should give us about 28 pounds of Marmalade. Lots for us for the year and maybe a few for friends too.

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To finish on an amusing note I give you this pic of Andy and the dogs. He bent down to get Lettie a little tummy rub…the bould Freddie…never one to miss an opportunity…jumped off the trunk and onto Andy’s back. Cheeky monkey!

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11 Responses to “Rainy January days.”

  1. Charlie January 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Bridget, Great blog!
    Your stove looks like solid fuel version of mine, (though I have concrete piers instead of curly legs!). Must look inside yours, because after my present oil is spent, I’m going to convert it to mixed fuel. C x

    • bridget January 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

      Good Idea! Then at least you can buy your fuel by the week instead of forking out a big sum at once. We are lucky in having lots of timber here. xx

      • Charlie January 7, 2014 at 1:00 am #

        And if ye’re separating the Shasta Daisies……<3 x

  2. june January 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Thanks for bringing a smile to my face on such a wet and blustery day (much better than yesterday’s weather, though – I got caught in it while driving to Sligo, and the rain was so torrential that I had to pull over and wait it out, as the visibility, even in early afternoon, was very iffy) with that adorable and funny photo of Andy, Lettie and Freddie. Freddie reminds me of our cat Phillo – he pulls similar cheeky stunts like that, too. 🙂

    Ahhh…the wonderful organic fruit and veg from Micheal and Siobhan. How I miss getting our turmeric from there. I miss that. Those Seville oranges look absolutely bursting with delicious juicy-ness. And Richard and Gerry’s amazing lemon lime pastries – yujm!

    • bridget January 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

      Hopefully this horrible weather will ease soon. Really bad in New York too. Great produce at Boyle market that’s for sure.

  3. japawomo January 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Snow and cold…snow and cold…that’s it for us. The dogs are adorable..Freddie must be part cat to pull that trick!
    Stay dry.
    Jane x

    • bridget January 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

      I think he is sometimes. He often sounds like a cat too especially when he’s annoyed about something. Likes his own way our Fred!

  4. Anne Wilson January 7, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    I always said Freddie is a poser! Went to the Sligo coast yesterday, it was calm! Not at all what we had been expecting.

  5. Christina January 7, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    I so agree about all the tat in the sales; worse still are all the useless Christmas presents one recieves; it is the thought tht counts but that does mean some thought should be put into the purchase (doesn’t have to cost much). Morris said ” have in your home only those things that you know to be useful and think to be beautiful” I try to!

  6. Sarah January 7, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    I’ve been avoiding the shops because of the sales, but your post has reminded me that it’s time to venture out and buy some oranges for marmalade. Lovely last photo – those dogs know how to get your attention!

  7. PlantPostings January 8, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    Sounds like Freddie is quite the character! Cute pups. Sorry to hear about all the crazy wind and rain. It seems like the only places having normal weather are the tropics and the deserts–and they’ve had their fair share of strangeness, too. Nice to be warmer than usual, though, rather than colder. Brrr…

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