In arigna, Off the beaten track. on August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm
We sheltered in the old school shed during a rain shower. One could almost hear the laughter and chat that went on here in times gone by. No ipads and mobile phones then, just skipping rope and hide and seek. I wonder did children have the problems they have now. I suppose not, but I’m not under the illusion that all was better then. The problems were just different.
Remains of other old buildings add to the air of abandonment.
The roof on this building, just down from the school, looks remarkable good. Some lovely stone in the walls here.
Ferns and mosses seem to love the lime in these old walls.
In the distance the mountains are being taken over by wind turbines and monoculture plantations of Sitka Spruce. Money being made for people who live far away from here. With the threat of fracking on the agenda who knows what will be next on the horizon. Fracking rigs? Let’s hope not!
As we head home we pass through tunnels of conifers…
and some fast moving Fuschia!!
In Animals, arigna on December 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm
The Sun when it appears in these dark December days has a watery wintry feel…in tune with the weather I suppose. The air is damp and the earth is permanently wet. When out and about one is aware of the particles of moisture in the air. The dogs have to be dried off before they come into the house in the evening. They spend the days outdoors and come into the house as darkness falls. They enjoy their house time relax before going to their shed for the night.
The sunsets have not been very dramatic in the recent cloudy grey weather. This one a few evenings ago is as good as it’s got.
The animals are all being fed hay now…they really appreciate this on rainy days as they don’t like getting wet. A lot of people think Donkeys coats are waterproof but that is not the case. In the mornings they get a little treat. Daphne really likes carrots as do the goats. Enid the milking goat gets an extra treat of some organic concentrate while she is being milked. Other favourite treats are Ginger Nut biscuits, Polo Mints and bread of any type.
In the garden the Fuschias continue to flower. I have never seen flowering to continue so far into the year. They are not of course as plentiful as earlier in the year but they are a welcome splash of unexpected colour at this time.
Spindle has now lost it’s leaves but the berries are still giving a good show.
On the lane the sloes still hang from the leafless Blackthorn. Usually these would have been consumed by birds by now. Tradition dictates that these and indeed any berries are not picked after Halloween as it is said that the Pooka would have breathed on them at that time.
Lower in the valley the Arigna river slowly meanders on its journey to Lough Allen.
In Gardening on November 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm
The weather here at the moment is amazing. Blue sky, sunshine and so mild too. The only clue to the fact that it’s Winter is the lack of leaves on the trees. Hopefully it will continue. I find these type of days quite invigorating.
In the garden many plants are flowering again. This Fuschia did’nt do well flower wise in the wet Summer…it is now covered in cheery blooms. Not a sight I’ve seen in previous November’s. This time last year was 10 degrees colder…we had really heavy snow at the end of November.
Feverfew is flowering again…
as is this Rose which is in a pot by the back door.
Inula is flowering by the garden gate…
and on the laneway the skeletal remains of Summer plants serve as a reminder that yes…it is Winter.
I’m delighted that this Spindle has flowered and produced berries as I grew it from a seed planted about 8 years ago. Soon the skin on these seeds will split open to reveal the vibrant orange coloured seeds inside.
In Gardening on August 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm
The Lilies are standing up well to the horrible weather. It’s more like Autumn here than high Summer.
This lovely velvet flowered Ivy Leaved Geranium is in a wall pot by the back door.
Montbretia just beginning to flower. This will have to be divided in the Autumn as it is spreading like crazy.
A late flowering Carnation among the Alyssum.
One of the little Fuschias that survived last Winter’s frosts with a Harebell in front.
In the hedgerow the wild Fuschia is flowering. Now growing wild in many areas it is the symbol used in Cork on quality artisan produce.
In Gardening on June 8, 2011 at 7:30 am
Spotted this on the bench in the polytunnel yesterday. Elephant Hawk Moth, is’nt it beautiful. It was there all day, I kept going back to look at it. The larvae like to feed on Rosebay Willowherb, Fuschia and Honeysuckle. All plants that are growing in abundance here.
For some time now we have been meaning to do something with the gravel area to the front of the house. Somehow all the garden work seems to be at the other side. Andy dug out the pond about 3 months ago, it is filled by the runoff from the roof. I have been collecting bits of driftwood, stones and old bits of ironwork to put around it, sort of Derek Jarman styleish!
This lovely lump of bog oak I got on one of the Tipperary visits. My brother and I often go walking on the bogs and that’s where we found this and a few other bits that had been dug up by the peat harvesting machines. These trees have been lying in the bog preserved by the peat for thousands of years. This was probably growing before Newgrange was built. Amazing! Have planted Lavender, Sedums, Saxifrage, Thyme and Eryngium around it.
Lots of succulents have been planted up in pots and grouped together, this will be added to as time goes on. The piece of bog oak was from the same bog excursion. Like the rest of the garden areas this will be a continuing work in progress.