The year of 2019 has come to an end on the land and we wish to summarise it like we usually do, with a photo from each month. It is a huge privilege to live in close proximity with the natural word and we would like to celebrate that here with a photographic journey through the year from the small patch of earth that we are guardians of.
December is drawing to a close and we are delighted to still be harvesting vegetables from the land. Members of the cabbage family seem to be the most reliable for our climate and soil.
We think that the most important thing to do in any garden is to look after the soil. There is so much going on in the ground and the research into this field is we believe yet in its infancy.
As some of you probably have noticed we have not been publishing as many posts as usual over the last couple of months. This is due to some exciting developments and we would like to tell you all about them now.
October has been a very wet month here in the West of Ireland. We spent a bit of time on the land but most of our time was taken up by preparing and attending community events. On the 20th we were part of a Samhain celebration in the local community garden.
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.”
You can’t really tell from the pictures but it has been raining for almost every day in August. We have not spent as much time as we would have liked in the garden and it is now quite overgrown with shrubs and perennial plants spilling out across the paths in many places. Read more