A bed for the Fairy Queen.

It has been unusually warm here in the West of Ireland and one day last week we found ourselves close to the shores of Lough Key. We remembered a magical day a few years back when all six of us rented two rowing boats for a couple of hours and went for a picnic on a very special island, so we decided to recapture some of the magic of that day.

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A brief visit to Paradise.

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May is always a very busy month on the land. There are many seeds to sow, seedlings to transplant and plants that have a wish for world domination to keep in check. So a day away from the plot can be very uplifting and inspiring. But we would not wish to be too far from the natural world so spending such a day in a friend’s garden is a wonderful treat. We arrived for the first Open Garden Day this year at Carrick Gardens, Carrick Callow, County Mayo, armed with chocolate cake and comfortable shoes.

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A composting master class.

Because of our involvement with the Community Garden in Ballaghaderreen, we got invited to take part in the national Master Composter training course.  It is developed by the EPA, Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency, as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme. You can find lots of information on how to stop food waste and make you own compost on their excellent website; stopfoodwaste.ie.

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A cherished day.

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Recently I had the pleasure of venturing out on a trip with a friend to the beautiful  Bellefield house and gardens, located close to Birr in County Offaly.  We arrived around noon, in the brilliant spring sunshine to a world quite far removed from our home County’s of Mayo and North West Roscommon. Bees and bumblebees were buzzing around, the birds were singing in all the trees and the ground was carpeted in exquisite snowdrops and cyclamen.

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