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Counting our blessings.

22 Jan

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January has brought us mostly very mild Winter weather. Some gorgeous red sky mornings. Hopefully we will slide easily into Spring without any dramatic weather occurences. Last year we had that east wind that went on for most of March. That really delayed the start of the gardening year.

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There’s also been a fair bit of  so welcome Winter sunshine…

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still low enough in the sky to light up the usually shady forest floor. We walk here in this forest behind the house every day with the pooches. They love it…darting about here and there with noses to the ground. Lots of evidence of Foxes and Badgers about so it’s doggie heaven I guess. Sometimes Lettie will roll in Fox or Badger poo. She thinks it’s Chanel No 5 but I’m afraid we disagree. This behaviour is always rewarded by a bath before she’s allowed indoors again. Then it’s dirty looks for the evening. Freddie never does this. Is it something that only female Dogs do? Do your Dogs do it…males or females?

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Andy has been taking advantage of the good weather by keeping the wood shed full and crown lifting some of the trees. The one he is working on here is an Ash. Crown lifting lets in a lot more light beneath the trees allowing more planting beneath and circulation of air. Of course Ash can be burned green so limbs cut from these trees are cut into logs straight away for the stoves.

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I have been mostly working indoors as I had a chest infection earlier in the month. With the help of a homoepathic remedy and some herbal medicine I am now feeling better. All the marmalade is now made…bedrooms are decorated. I am so looking forward to working on the garden this coming year. Last year we did some gardening but it was mainly renovating the house that took our energy. With the house now almost finished this will be…hopefully…a year of making this garden our own.

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Of course all work and no play is no fun. Not good for the soul. We need to take time to stop and observe the beauty of the stark Winter landscape. Just as beautiful as the green of Summer to me.

This is the beautiful Fin Lough near Knockvicar where I stopped a few days ago on the way to visit friends. A beautiful still blue sky day. The sort of day that makes you feel so lucky to be alive…on this beautiful Planet. A day to breathe in the crisp air and count our blessings.

A Fox, Clouds and garden progress.

24 May

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Some very strange clouds 2 days ago…unlike any I can ever recall seeing. Hopefully they are the good weather clouds.

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Yesterday evening Andy took the dogs for their daily walk in the woods behind our house. Half an hour later he was back with this wee Fox in his arms. Just a baby….the dogs had attacked her in the forest and would have killed her had Andy not intervened. Once we got the dogs indoors Andy took the Fox baby to where he found her.  Not a great pic but had to share it.

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Garden work continues…a few days ago we gave the pond a good clean out. Everything was overgrown and the Bulrushes still had last year’s dead stems.  Looking a lot better now. In the clean up we found 2 Water Lilies that were completely covered. Hopefully they might flower this year.

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In the front garden the Apple trees are covered in blossoms. Lots of Bumble Bees about so they should be pollinated.

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Everything has really come on the last couple of weeks even though the nights are still quite chilly. The farmers are complaining because the grass is not growing and all the fodder has been eaten. Hay is now being bought in from England and France. Even that is rationed.  If there isn’t some real Summer weather soon the animal welfare problem will seriously escalate. Already many farmers are said to have lost animals due to malnutrition and hunger.

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On the lane everything is looking very lush and green. But as usual the Ash still haven’t leaved out fully yet. They are always last.

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Rhododendron is also about to bloom. These are usually in bloom in the first week of May…so late this year…like so much else.

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I just love the new leaves on the Beech. So fresh and soft when just unfurled. At this stage they can be eaten in a salad. Not particularly flavoursome but wouldn’t  that beautiful green tempt anyone’s palate. It is said that green is the colour of the heart chakra…these beautiful leaves really make my heart feel full of joy.

 

 

A Walk and picnic in Union Woods.

13 May

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Yesterday, as we often do, we went for a walk in a woodland. Yesterday’s destination was Union Wood in nearby County Sligo. There was only 4 of us this time but there were lots of people in the woods, which was lovely to see. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and dog walkers were all out in good numbers. It gave a nice lively feel to the forest. Not that a forest would ever feel dead but the people about gave an extra energy.

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Very big rocks here amongst the trees…

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actually some of the trees look like they are growing out of the rock cliffs.

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This part of the forest is made up mainly of Ash, Beech, Hazel and Oaks. Its amazing to see so many Oaks in one forest. A local man who stopped for a chat said he had counted the trees and his Oak count was roughly 4,5oo trees. Fab!

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To think that Ireland was once covered by forests like this.

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Our pace is nice and slow. Time to chat as we walk…and all the while absorbing the relaxing, healing vibration of nature.

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Aren’t these unfurling Ferns just beautiful?

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John on his iPad trying to identify an unknown tree. Turns out it was a Wild Cherry. Check out John’s Bards in the Woods t-shirt.

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Happy days! Happy people! On we go to the prize at the end of the walk…

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a picnic beside the river…and reluctantly we leave the forest… and head for home.

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