Andy was here today so I ventured out for my first snow walk after being housebound for a week with a lung infection. I am still on antibiotics until Friday but I really feel back to normal again. Today the sky was overcast and really very dark all day. It looked like more snow was coming but it never happened and there was actually a good thaw today.
I don’t fall into illness mode easily and do not spend time lying in bed. Instead I use the time indoors to get houseworky tasks done. Friends sourced some organic Seville oranges at the bargain price of 2 euros per kilo. Four kilos of them have now been turned into delicious marmalade. It is a long process but so worth the effort. Home made marmalade is just a different experience to the mass produced stuff. One batch turned a dark brown colour just like Oxford marmalade.
A little gardening was also done today. These scented Tulips were half price in the January sale at a local garden centre and couldn’t be resisted. A little late being planted but now in pots in the polytunnel they will soon catch up. I really want a lot more scent in the garden so that is one of the aspects I shall be focusing on this year. More beds for planting vegetables is also high on the to be done list.
Still lots of greens in the tunnel. Rocket, Purslane and Spinach are a welcome addition to meals. The Spring Onions are a bit small yet but will grow quickly when the weather warms and the days grow longer.
The Sun is still low enough in the sky to create interesting morning shadows however this evening there was still some light at 5.30. So looking forward to Spring and the year ahead. A few trips planned but not to be revealed as yet!
The view down the lane is bleak today but before long everything will be clothed in green again. Looking forward to that time. For me Winter is something that has to be tolerated to get to the glory days of Spring and Summer again. That is my time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!