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Waiting…

12 Jan

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It’s a wet Sunday here in Ireland today. Just thought I’d post a few pics of Summer flowers to cheer us up as we wait for the gardening season to start. I find this time of year the longest part of Winter.  Up to Christmas we are busy with fairs and preparations for the festive season. Then suddenly it’s January and all is quiet…far to wet to work in the garden…a little early for planting seeds.

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What to do? We have been busy finishing things off in the house. The spare bedroom and our own bedroom are now decorated. The larder was painted and sorted as of yesterday. Today I processed the first of the Seville Oranges…a year’s supply of  marmalade by the end of the coming week.

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There are still a few things to be done in the conservatory.  Andy is putting a stove in there this week then a rejig of furniture and that will be done. There’s lots to be done outdoors but mostly fair weather jobs.

As I see plants budding my desire is to  get out there and get my hands in the soil once again.

But for now I must wait…

As Spring slides gently into Summer.

29 May

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It was a beautiful day today, warm and sunny, an ideal day for working outdoors. I’m not a very early riser but I was up at 7.30 today, woken by the feeling that is was going to be one of those perfect days.

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The garden is green and fresh and feels so vibrant right now. One can almost see things growing. The old cottage garden favourite Granny’s Bonnet or Columbine has burst into bloom. It all over the garden in shades of blues, pinks and creams. Luckily I like it very much.

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The Tulips are still giving some colour too. These are late partly because of the cold Spring but also because they were planted late,  a bargain buy in the January sales.

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Most of the day was spent working on this bed. I planted about 30 plants in here, all grown from cuttings from my old garden. The exception being the Maple planted at the top, the dogs are admiring it here, this was a birthday present from my Mother.

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This is the same bed about a month ago. A good transformation I think. After everything was planted, I mulched the bed with wilted grass clippings. These will keep the weeds down, hold the moisture and feed the plants as it rots down. I watered everything when the Sun went down, first with water and then with a manure tea. That will feed everything and also get the soil microbes active.

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As I was planting I hit rock a few times. Further investigation revealed some lovely flat stones. These will be used in another part of the garden as stepping stones.

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Sitting on the verandah in the cool of the evening and I’m still enchanted by the day and the lovely way the long Spring is sliding nicely into Summer. Hopefully there will be many more days like this one.

The Cottage.

8 Mar

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The cottage was originally just 3 rooms like so many of the old ones were. The previous owners, who were Dutch, built the conservatory extension to the front plus another extension on the back which has bathroom, utility, hallway and a second bedroom.

They purchased the house in1998 and renovated it from derelict. 

The name Flynn’s Cottage comes from the people who lived here before them. Two brothers and two sisters lived here, none of them married and so the Flynn’s died out from here. I think it’s a little mark of respect to them to leave the name.

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This is the back of the cottage. Looking a bit untidy at the moment but that will gradually be sorted.

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I like this covered sitting area  just outside the conservatory. Ideal for the Irish climate. Outside dining without getting wet.

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The centre of the house, the original three roomed cottage, is kept cosy by the Rayburn. Great for cooking too.

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Today was wet here so I spent the day mostly indoors. The kitchen smelt of Summer as I used the last of 2012’s Strawberries to make jam. Roll on Summer 2013. Hopefully the New Zealand weather forecaster gets it right and it will be a good un. Fingers crossed!

Bye for now,

Bridget x.

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