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 wee while back I was interviewed by Maureen Howard for Otago Access Radio in New Zealand on making country wines for a half hour show on her Eco Living her weekly Action Program. Above you can see 2 of the brews we have on the go at the moment. On the left is a … More Wine Making Interview
Autumn has finally arrived here after a long extended Indian summer. It’s been the driest October here since forever. The sun is still out, but temperatures have dipped and a chilly northern wind is making us hunker down by the fire. Perfect time to show you some pics of our land that I took today. … More Some Autumn Vistas
A couple of days ago I was invited to the book launch of The Sweet Spud by Zuzana Klímová in Belfast. I admit that one of my motivators for coming to this event was that it was held at the Brewbot where they serve craft beers… I am in the lucky position where I have … More On HealthyEating
Last year in May we took 6 hens from the Nuthouse Hen Rescue in Moira. One of them died recently, but the other 5 are really healthy happy hens and they have been joined by George the rooster. His name was kind of an accident as I don’t normally name my chickens. As we were … More Rescue Hens
Call me crazy, but I intend to become the first producer of wine made from outdoor grown grapes in Northern Ireland. There are a few wine producers in the south of Ireland, but to my knowledge nobody in the North has so far attempted it. As a general rule wine production is limited to roughly … More Wine Growing in a Marginal Climate