BT - The Crafty Gardener: The Daily Life of a 'Blow In' to Ireland from the UK, how we try and tame 5 acres and live with the weather - plus my family and crafting exploits.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Luisa, Garden Update at last
This is a 'joiner' I did of Lough Graney 2 days ago when the lake was really clear and the sky a gorgeous blue. Do click on it for the full effect.
Best news in the world, Lu's got so much better in the past 2 days that they're moving her to a ward, maybe even today, Whoohoo!!
Bearing in mind they didn't expect her to get this far by Xmas... they don't know our Lu! -grins and bounces around like a looney!- x
Latest blog update from K! How amazing is that?
Since I posted that a few days ago it's been the usual Lu rollercoaster. One day she's up, the next down. She's had fluid in her lungs which was removed via a tube stuck between her ribs. AAAH! Lots of shouting and yelling but it seems to have done the job. The good news is that she is now on the ward and has about beaten the septicaemia. So keep thinking of her, K and Rachel - as I know you all will.
Me and the Garden
Life trundles on. We have had snow, which melted a bit and now it's solid ice. Not good and we are stuck in again. Jim went to go out yesterday and came back having been warned by the neighbours it was too risky. However, the snow always provides photo opportunities!
This big fluffy fox was wandering around the garden today. He must have been hungry.
Jim took this one a little while later. He has a cute face.
Frost on a pile of red crocks. They were candle holders but blew off the table and smashed.
You can see the snow is more like ice here. Frosted leaf and colourful stone - I think it must have been part of the old barn wall with the paint it has on it.
The sun shone through the reeds and melted the snow on this sedge head.
More sedge seeds and melting frost. A beautiful blue sky.
Sandy and Buster walked all round with me!
Frost covered thistles. Click on any to enlarge and get a better view.
Flagmount had a strange 'hat' of cloud sitting on top of the hill:
That reminds me, our friend Kevin, who lives right by the lake, had a fire a couple of nights ago. Jim thought he could hear voices in the middle of the night and apparently it was the firemen trying to get their engine back up to the road. In the end they had to go through the forestry and cut one of the locks at the end of the track to get out. So you can see how bad the roads are.
Luckily only one room, the bedroom, of Kevin's house was badly spoiled and water ran down into the kitchen. We walked down to see if there was anything we could do but Kevin seemed fairly laid back about the whole thing! I don't think I would have been. Jim and I walked round Kevin's house to the lake and the reflections were amazing. I have loads of terrific photos but I'll just put a couple here:
Flagmount sky reflection.
Flagmount above and below Lough Graney! The right hand side of the hill is the same section you can see in the 'cloud hat' photo above.
Back to today and Sandy lagged behind as Buster and I walked back up the meadow. I called him and he appeared, greeted by Buster:
These two get on really well. Buster's asleep on my rug at my feet right now.
That's a quick update. I've been busy making dolls for birthday and Christmas presents and trying to sort out our Christmas Cards. I am making photo cards this year as it'll be quicker and I'm all behind. They are my photos though!
I'm off to bed soon as it's 2am. I do hope everyone is ok and had a good weekend.
I have had a varied and at times wild life of loves and marriages, children and grandchildren. I am currently living in County Clare, Ireland, with my husband Jim. We have 5 acres of land and a traditional Irish Cottage. I love gardening and always have, even as a child. I enjoy photography, crafting, rag rug making, ATCs and fun on the computer