The Deenery, County Clare, Ireland
Woo hoo, the 1st May. That always seems like a milestone in the year. I wish we still had village fayres with maypoles and dancing children and old fashioned stalls. Ah well, I can dream.
As you can see, I had another go at a 'joiner' or panorama or our humble abode. It's not too bad but rather small! Click on it and you can get a better view. Still you do get a better idea of the layout of the cottage and its immediate surroundings. To the right is the vegetable garden, to the left is the Orchard and straight on is the arboretum and the meadow. There, now you know where it all is when I'm droning on about it.
It was sunny on and off today but there was a strong wind. It whistled up in the trees and things kept clanging and banging around the place, although nothing seems damaged, fortunately. I did some rather strange digging today! At the top of the vegetable plot is a sort of 'mini orchard' where we've planted a few fruit trees. Then there's a humpy bumpy area and behind that an on and off stream, depending on the weather. Then it's the boundary bank. I investigated all those humps and bumps and it appears to be mostly full of stones. I got a bit carried away with my excavations:Do you think the tree will fall down?? I've stopped now, I was going to reduce the height of the humps and make them into a gentle slope. Hmmm, it's not going to happen, is it?
This is the bank I cleared yesterday, just to the side of the 'war zone' I've just created! It looks a lot better I think.
I did just capture a few flowers while the sun shone. I had to wait for them to stop waving about in the wind! OK, there might just be a few tulips.......
Perennial alyssum, what a startling yellow it is
The first white cornflower. I know you want some, Rachel, Jim is going to grow you a piece - we'll get it to you somehow! I'll save some seeds just in case.
A pretty orange geum. The plant isn't terribly big yet but is improving each year.
This came out so well. The leaves kept blowing upwards with the wind but the underneath is so much more vivid in colour than the tops. The flowers are just coming up on those long stalks.
This lime green acer is now at its best
In the strong sunlight, the black tulip looks far more purple in colour. One petal dropping.
These tulips, originally cream, have lasted so well. I love the raspberry ripple effect they have
OK, that's the last of the tulips..
Jim's harrowing Trip to the UK
Jim rang this evening, just as I'd come in from having a (not very successful) bonfire, about 10pm. The exhaust on our Fiat Doblo was hanging on by a thread by the time he reached Worthing, so today he took it to one of those exhaust and tyre places. He had to drive pretty slowly to get back home and you can imagine the noise it was making! The trouble with our old Doblo is that they can never get the parts. Today was no exception. Bless him, the chap at the garage welded it up for Jim! 'How long will it last?', says Jim, 'anything from one day to 5 years' replies the chap! Now Jim has to travel all the way up to Yorkshire on Monday to visit his sister, niece and her 4 sons. Let's hope the '5 years' estimate was the right one.
Today, Ali visited Jim, with Poppy of course. Lots of photos were taken, so when he returns, I will be posting those. She is 5 months old now. Unbelievable.
Buster needed to go out just now. It's quite cold and there's a lovely bright moon and a few twinkling stars. I thought I'd have a go at taking a photo of it. Success? Judge for yourselves:
The first shot has 2 moons! I presume the flash went off, though I set it not to. Weird.
The second shot after a 'quick fix' by the computer!! It appears the moon has a lawn as green as ours. Or maybe it really is made of green cheese!
Well, this looks a bit more like it, but not very bright. I really must look at my instruction leaflet!
Nothing else of note to report. Off to do some sewing now for a wall hanging I'm making.