September full of change.

To tell you all the truth September has been a bit of a blur. Two members of our family went off to college at the same time and it does take a while to get used to the new family dynamics.  We feel rather like the way Bilbo describes himself to Gandalf in the 1937 novel by J.R.R Tolkien; “Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.”

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Creative flow.

Sometimes days and weeks are filled with lots of smaller projects and tasks. Because our cottage is very small and up until recently there were six of us living here, all the teenagers had their own spaces but the adults had to sleep in a loft bed in the main living area.  Now when two members of the family have gone off to college, we are really quite excited to finally, after nearly seven years, be getting a bedroom to call our own. We painted two walls in a shade called wild mulberry and added three flower lamps left over from when our daughter Josie moved into her new space. Surely they can’t be just for kids?

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Celebrating community gardening.

It has been almost a year since we last wrote about the Community Garden that we are part of in our local town, Ballaghaderreen. A lot has happened in that time and we would like to share some of the highlights with you here.

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Making leaf mould last autumn.

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The green sanctuary.

A sanctuary is a holy and sacred place. The more time we spend in nature, the more we realize that our sanctuary is all around us. Since starting the work on the land about six years ago we have been working towards creating a place for us, but equally a place where plants and animals can thrive and coexist on fair terms.

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June in retrospect.

One week of July is behind us and it is high time to write about the garden in June. We had a lot of warm and windy weather but not much rain and it took a long time for the annual vegetables to get established. It is still very dry compared to other years and we have spent quite a lot of time watering. The vegetables are finally beginning to put on some bulk.

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