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I have a website about my Dublin garden from where there is a link to my new garden here in Cobh.  I hope it is OK to direct  you there where all the information is already recorded. Thanks.   The  name of  the site is 'A small Irish Garden' at  www.esatclear.ie/~emal    . There is a link to my new garden here in Cobh.


Boots, as on feet!!

14 November 2017 16:25:14

I know it may seem I am doing promotions for the large super stores but perish the thought, just thinking of some things that may be of interest as my gardening is restricted to cutiing down masses of crocosmia; not very exciting.

So Boots! I have sad feet. They get very cold and the feeling goes from them..sob sob. Well today in Lidl I spotted some boots. Waterproof , slip proof , 'furry '  lining and special thermo something insoles. Price €19.99.  They are ankle height. As I was on my way to walk Meg I put them on in the car park, a bit of a struggle should probably have got a size larger to account for furriness and socks but hoped they would stretch a bit and they did.  Fantastic ..and been in the garden and the feet are thrilled with themselves so cosy and warm will keep them on for the night. In fact I may never take them off!! So if you suffer from freezing feet get a pair, go on , go on  ,go on before they are all gone.  Actually think I will get another pair to keep in reserve.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 November 2017 16:54:55

Must check if they have them in my local Lidl! I got the last pair a few years ago but they are a size too big so I only wear them when I'm hosing down the deck -Oh! I won't have to do that any more, will I LOL

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 November 2017 19:27:51

I must check that too. My feet are getting colder and colder every year. Good idea getting a spare pair too.

Jackie Jackie 14 November 2017 19:42:34

Definitely will pop in to Lidl tomorrow as these would be terrific for the garden. I have Reynauds disease in my hands, they blood drains from them in the cold, and they get so sore so I have to put on gloves all the time. So I can only imagine what your feet must be like Elizabeth!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 November 2017 20:09:27

Elizabeth, a good warm pair of boots is a must if you are in the garden in the winter as the cold from the ground can freeze you. 

JoanG JoanG 14 November 2017 22:53:31

Great result Elizabeth, well wear!  I was in my 2 local Lidl's this morning (yes, we have two within five minutes drive of each other!) trying to find their advertised ladies ski jackets in my size to wear for gardening, but they were all too big.  Didn't notice the boots I'm afraid.  I wear an old but perfectly sturdy pair of calf-high wellies for winter gardening, with two pairs of thermal socks on the really cold days, and they do me grand. 

Dick Dick 19 November 2017 19:51:19

Elizabeth, it looks as if you won't need these boots over the next few days as the temperature in your area will soar to 15 degrees.

Scrubber Scrubber 19 November 2017 23:18:48

Many thanks! I do have a pair of posh wellikens that I was given at christmas and on learning the price I was afraid to wear them lest a thorn pierce their precious sides. I have ventured out since but the point is that they have posh wellie socks to go with them so my tootsies should be warm as a result. yet those Liddlers are enticing as I like short boots or as Joan says -calf high-lovely description except i keep thinking of a little suckey calf!

The Range

10 November 2017 13:44:15

Wondering if anyone has been to this gigantic store in Liffey valley. It came to Cork last year and is quite amazing the 'range' of stuff it stocks . You need to be feeling strong to go there and never ever at the weekend! I mention it because I braved it again yesterday and they have a great selection of bulbs at good price ,also a good garden centre. I got terracotta pots , large, for €6 . Bought some other plants there during the year. They have all the fertilisers, weed killers etc there too. I do not have shares in the place!! In fact it is so big I don't find it a great experience and my Brother just hates the place! Walked miles yesterday looking for saucepans and had to be rescued by an employee who escorted me to the home of kitchen thingies.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 November 2017 18:25:42

Ha ha, I'd say that was fun. Sounds a bit like Ikea. 

Haven't heard of this store, and sadly I don't frequent Liffey Valley. But maybe if it's as big as you say, it'll be worth a visit.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 November 2017 23:05:45

New to me as well.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 11 November 2017 01:09:22

Here's hoping it might come to Portlaoise - sounds like my kind of place LOL

TerriShoos TerriShoos 12 November 2017 15:18:00

A trip to Liffey Valley is one of my treats on the way home from the airport. I can see Mr S looking even more long-suffering when it's suggested!


09 November 2017 23:18:34

Tried to post the below as comment on Mary's posting. No luck so seeing if it will show here.

I hope your Dad gets better soon Jacinta.

Mary that is a great list . I planted lots of bulbs this year Daffodils, Tulips, Alliums , IRis and others. I have no record of the names just picked some on colour and others because there was a big bag at a reasonable price!!

I have been without my Laptop for almost two weeks and dislike using the ipad for posting so have not been here much. Today having retrieved the laptop I was thinking of some venture that might keep the site active during the darker days. It would be good if we all could make some suggestions.

One I thought of just to start the ball rolling, but it may not appeal, is as follows.

If we each took a plant of some variety and researched the background/history to it, growing conditions, pros and cons, etc. We would all learn a lot about various chosen plants . I love mooching around google and finding out about plants but it may not appeal to others. So have a think about alternative ways to keep us all in touch and hopefully get non regular members to join in.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 November 2017 23:40:32

That is a good idea, Elizabeth, because I think we all have been introduced to new plants on this site. Sorry to have missed you on Tuesday evening, a very good speaker.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 November 2017 08:02:39

Great idea, Elizabeth. I think now that people know there will be a new site, they're possibly just waiting for that before posting journals again. Thanks for your good wishes for Dad. :)

More problems......Floods

19 October 2017 16:55:07

Cobh is really really badly flooded. Was out just now and some roads are like rivers. I think most of Cork is suffering bad flooding. How is it with you?

PeterW PeterW 19 October 2017 16:56:04

I'm ok where I am but I have heard reports of lots of flooding around. Stay safe

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 October 2017 20:21:45

Oh, that's awful. I hope you're not directly affected, Elizabeth.

Dick Dick 19 October 2017 21:55:07

I see that another storm, Brian is on the way Elizabeth.  I believe the west is going to be affected more this time and less wind. 

fraoch fraoch 20 October 2017 13:23:36

Hope you'll be all right, Elizabeth. I'm in Italy, just got away before Ophelia!

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 20 October 2017 15:42:24

Some flooding in Tipp but no rain today . Heavy yesterday but good day today to be out n about . Tonight may be wet though

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:28:54

Hope you are high enough to escape. Then if one is high one gets the wind---hard to win. Stay dry and safe.

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:28:57

Hope you are high enough to escape. Then if one is high one gets the wind---hard to win. Stay dry and safe.

Scrubber Scrubber 20 October 2017 21:28:58

Hope you are high enough to escape. Then if one is high one gets the wind---hard to win. Stay dry and safe.

Ophelia very bad indeed.

16 October 2017 12:45:46

It is dreadful so it is. Maybe I am getting it very bad cos I am only about 3miles as the crow flies  from Cork harbour.The south wind is blowing directly from there and every tree bush and plantis bent horizontal. To date the trees are staying put long may it last. Dog Meg is scared too and barking at the wind. Maisie just went to bed!

Hope you all stay safe, gardens are least important today it is people who matter.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 October 2017 13:30:32

Tom Jones has disappeared for the moment! She was in the garage and is now somewhere down the scrub swearing unmercifully! Ive lost half a chestnut tree and possibly more to come. Its unmercifully windy. I think maisie is very wise! Take care!

Scrubber Scrubber 16 October 2017 13:30:33

Tom Jones has disappeared for the moment! She was in the garage and is now somewhere down the scrub swearing unmercifully! Ive lost half a chestnut tree and possibly more to come. Its unmercifully windy. I think maisie is very wise! Take care!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 16 October 2017 14:36:41

Poor Elizabeth! Take care of yourself and your lovely pets! Maybe if you put the radio on loud it will drown out the wind for poor Meg! I'm sitting looking out at the wind! Puss also disappeared - I was going to bring him in but he obviously knows somewhere safer to sit it out!

Dick Dick 16 October 2017 15:37:57

I have heard Elizabeth on the radio that your area in Cork harbour got it bad. They say this morning that a tree has blocked the road into the Holy ground. However there will be dust on the road before long. I am about 40 miles as the fly crows from the sea. It is not as bad here as it was a few years ago.

MargieD MargieD 16 October 2017 20:31:48

Oh ELizabeth I hope its run its course past you by now. And that there's no structural damage to your home. You are so right in saying what matters on days like this are people. Trees and shrubs can be replanted and gardens redesigned and we will enjoy doing that when we need to. 

Take care and stay inside, and hopefully enjoy what views you have.


fraoch fraoch 16 October 2017 21:37:34

I hope the worst is over for you by now, Elizabeth. I'm in Italy, really lucky as we flew out yesterday evening. Take care!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 October 2017 16:36:46

Hope all is well for you today, Elizabeth. It was a horrible storm and like yourself plants were being battered around all day long and even after dark. Maisie is lucky that she has someone to look after her, a hard time for any animal. We have had powered restored at lunchtime which was very quick.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 17 October 2017 17:52:26

Thanks Mary and glad that you and Paddy are ok.  One tree down and the poor plants look like they have a hangover. I too got my power back within 5 hours which was great. Just sent an email to the ESB thanking them.

PeterW PeterW 17 October 2017 22:52:01

Glad all is ok again Elizabeth, my plants took a good battering here too but just and echium and Acacia had to be re-staked


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