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
We had a couchsurfer staying with us last week,Fionn from Germany, who happened to be a professional photographer and videographer. One of the days of his stay he followed me around with his camera and the video below was the result. It gives you a little bit of an idea what we are about. Enjoy!
I’ve used the last days of this year in preparation for the new growing year by creating, or rather renovating a keyhole bed. I have spoken extensively about keyhole beds on my previous blog, when I created one for friends in Bulgaria. You can read all about it here. Keyhole beds are a great space … More Keyhole Bed
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.