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The Conservatory.

28 Mar

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Early morning sun casts dappled shade in a corner of the conservatory. conservatory 004

Olive, Fig and Lemon…newly repotted.

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Ganesh…remover of obstacles looks to the East.

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Buddha brings serenity.

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Tomato plants are looking good.

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Seating area sorted.

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Yes! We’ve finally got the conservatory sorted out. Up to now this has been a sort of dumping  area. Recycling stuff, tins of paint, building materials, all ended up here. Over the last few days we have had a big sort out. All the aforementioned are now in the newly tidied shed and the conservatory is at last how we want it. A useful,  usable space. A nice place to take a break or chill out in the Summer heat…hopefully!

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That’s me faffing about at the end…under Lettie’s watchful eye…as always. As you can see we’ve even found a place for the desk here.

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It’s the only place we could fit our big old American fridge. Not a modern reproduction but the real thing made in the US in 1957. We bought it in a second store when we first came back to Ireland in 1996. Someone loved it enough to bring it to Ireland with them.  I wonder if it was a returning emigrant or an American coming to live here? We shall never know but I often wonder.   Still works perfectly and a lot roomier than the new fridges.

Well it seems thats the house finished now! Time to get out there and get that garden sorted.

 

Sunny garden days.

5 Apr

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The first of the Blackcurrants have been dug up and rehomed today. I am thankful for the late Spring which allows these to be transplanted so late in the season. These will be planted quickly and hopefully will take off straight away. I like Blackcurrants as much as anyone but I think the previous inhabitants of this place must have had an obsession with them. Any gaps were filled with a Blackcurrant. Under trees, among the shrubs and flowers, Blackcurrants everywhere. I counted over 50 plants… far too many.

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This bed will be emptied too. A big clump of Rubus tricolor and a Golden Ivy, nothing else. Not for me! Lots of plants from this to swop for new garden treasures. I guess if we all liked the same things the world would be a pretty boring place.

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Have spent most of the last few days in the garden. Pruning, planning and digging out stuff. The weather has been lovely… not stop sunshine. Half the conifers at the boundary line have been cut, the rest will go next week. When we bought the house it was with the understanding that these trees which were shading the bottom part of the garden would be cut. We get to have the timber too. It will need seasoning before being used in the stoves over Winter.

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Lettie kept herself occupied for hours today watching some little creature which was in the undergrowth…

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whilst Freddie slept in a sunny spot in the conservatory.

The new place.

7 Mar

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Back in blogland again with a new blog from our new place. We moved in on February 1st, St. Bridget’s Day.  Today, March 7th, marks six months since we moved out of old place in Arigna. It took us some time to find a new house. It was’nt for want of looking I can tell you. We must have looked at every house in Roscommon that was in our price range. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but we looked at a lot of places.

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We both liked this place straight away and put in an offer within days. Thankfully it was accepted and this is now our new home. One of the things we both liked was the south-facing conservatory built by the previous owners. I look forward to many happy hours spent pottering here.

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On our third day here it snowed making the garden look wonderfully magical.

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Welcome to my new blog. I hope many of you who followed my ArignaGardener blog will follow here as we start our new adventure.

Bye for now,

Bridget x.

P.S: If you look closely at the header pic you can just see the white chimney of the cottage.

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