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Pics from the Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

20 Oct

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Wednesday was my friend Charlie’s birthday. We headed up to Dublin on the train to visit the Botanic Gardens.  A wet morning greeted us but as the day went on it cleared up to quite a nice day.

Great pumpkin display as one heads out to the gardens.

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Aren’t these great? Metal flowers on a wall. Part of the Sculpture in Context exhibition.  The exhibition made the gardens even more interesting as the art pieces were placed throughout the grounds.

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Bronze ladies amongst the trees.

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Not sure about this one. It’s called “They’ll be back.”

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Air plant in one of the glass houses. Can’t remember the name but by it’s shape it’s got to be call Stag’s Horn…

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Another air plant.

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Beautiful Bouganvillae.

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Wonderful Palm.

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Couldn’t find a name tag on this wonderfully sculptural specimen.

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The Cactus house.

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Such variety…there’s an amazing amount of Cacti.

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I thought this was a sculpture as it looks like bronze. It is however a real live plant.

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These Tree Snails were amazing…made from fused plastic.

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Did someone polish the bark on this Yew? Beautiful!

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Waterfall.

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The DNA sculpture. This is a permanent fixture here.

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Chicken wire Snowdrops.

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Redbor Kale in the kitchen garden.

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Loved this piece…blown glass bubbles attached to this gnarled old tree.  Very clever!

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Another fave…a wonderful oversized cedar chair. It even smelt nice.

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Part of a wonderful bronze sculpture.

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There is so much more but I will finish with these beautiful vibrant flowers.

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Marching against Monsanto.

26 May

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Yesterday was March Against Monsanto Day all over the world. Andy, myself and our friend Charlie went up to Dublin on the train. On the way we made stickers to distribute on the march.

 

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Charlie drew the cartoon bees and Andy and I coloured them in.

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It made the journey very short to be occupied on the way. On reaching Dublin we went into the centre on the Luas and then on to Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant.  A good meal to sustain us on the march. Forgot to take a pic but the meal was utterly delicious.

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As we made our way to the Garden of Remembrance, where the march was starting, we placed a few stickers in prominent spots. This one on The Spire, a stainless steel momument on O’Connell street.

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On reaching the Garden of Remembrance I was a bit shocked to find very few people there.  However by 2.30 a crowd of about 300 had gathered. A bit better but in my view a very disappointing turnout. GM  food is such a serious issue I just can’t understand why people are so apathetic. If one did a survey most people would say they didn’t want GM foods. What they don’t know is that even in Ireland GM foods are already here. Animal feeds all contain genetically modified maize, unless they are organic, so our food chain here is already contaminated. I also learned yesterday that GM potatoes are being trialed in Ireland this year. They were planted last week in Co. Carlow.

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The march first stopped at the Dail and then on to the Department of Agriculture.

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Tony O’Brien who organised the march spoke very passionately and said that this was just the beginning of the campaign against Monsanto worldwide. I suppose the biggest way to hit them is financially by not buying their products,  but without clear labelling this is hard to do unless one can buy organic produce.

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Most people are just trying to survive in this recession so it is hard to opt for higher priced organic foods. Even finding them can be hard unless one is near a good Farmers Market.

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With the possibility of fracking in Ireland also on the agenda it seems a strong possibility that our clean green image is to be sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed and exploitation. How sad is that??!!

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However, as the saying goes, life goes on. One has to balance being concerned about these issues with trying to do your bit and living a happy, peaceful life. We will grow what we can, from organic and home saved seeds and try and buy what we can organic.  Trying to live as sustainably as we can is about all an individual can do but together we could do so much….

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To finish here is the cutest doggie of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An at home St. Patrick’s Day.

18 Mar

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Yesterday was a beautiful if cold day. We decided to have a stay at home day. I have seen so many St. Patrick’s Day parades that I didn’t feel as if I missed out. The morning was beautifully sunny and we spent the some of the time enjoying the heat of the sun in the micro climate in the conservatory. That’s my Mum in the pic, she is staying with us for a couple of weeks.

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After lunch we decided to restock the wood pile in the shed.

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Yes! That’s my Mum, Lizzie, 77 this year, chopping the logs.

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Andy did some chopping too.

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Lizzie and I piled the logs in the wheelbarrow….

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and I wheeled them up to the shed.

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A cold week is forecast, 4-5 degrees C, so it’s nice to have a store of chopped logs.

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After all that it was time for tea and cake. I didn’t bake it myself but it was locally made, bought from Patricia’s Homebakes in the local town of Boyle. I haven’t sussed baking in the Rayburn yet.  The cake was Coffee and Walnut and it was delicious!

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In the evening we had a nice walk through the forest behind the house, back by the road and up the lane to the house. A nice circular route.

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Still time to enjoy a swing before heading indoors and watching the Dublin parade on the telly. A full enjoyable day without moving from home.

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