Apologies for the lack of posts in recent months, life in general seems to get in the way of me taking time out to write on this, as I am also writing a new edition of my foraging book and was involved with the European Permaculture Convergence, which took place in Co. Wicklow this year … More Potatoes in the Hugelkultur
As we approach the shortest day of the year again and our little wobbling planet completes its rotation around the sun, tilting as it does with the southern hemisphere facing towards the big warming fire and leaving us in the shade and cold, it is time to reflect on the last 12 1/2 odd times … More Review and Preview
With the thermometer hitting 18 degrees in the vineyard today, spring is definitely in the air. The daffodils and snowdrops are popping up left, right and centre and nature is waking up from her slumber. The last 2-3 weeks brought some much needed rain… yes much needed! Our part of the Emerald Isle has suffered … More Spring Update
I wrote this song during the floods in England during the winter of 13/14 as a response to politicians as usual addressing the wrong end of the stick with their so-called solutions to man-made disasters. Here are the lyrics:
Rain rain rain, rain rain rain
Our flood defences are in vain
Too much water is a pain
Rain rain rain
Climate change upset the weather.
We're all in it together
More rains and storms to come
Causing misery for everyone.
The government promised to dredge the river,
Useless action that makes me shiver.
It's farm subsidies that are to blame,
Putting conventional farmers to shame.
Farmers are encouraged to grow more corn
For biofuels and cinema popcorn.
No regulations are applied,
no matter if it causes a riptide.
In the winter the ground is left bare,
And the aater and soil just run elsewhere,
Silting up the rivers and flooding our homes
As well as the Somerset Levels and the hippodromes.
The answer to our problem is plant more trees,
Grow groundcovers (and at the same time be kind to bees!}.
We've got to build up and protect our soil
To soak up and slow water to prevent turmoil.
On hillsides and slopes build permaculture farms.
They are the only way to reverse the harm.
Let nature take care of all the rest,
Because nature can't be stopped and she knows what's best.