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A Short Walk in the Garden & Greenhouse

22 May 2017 17:35:07

To day I was up early and determined to get to Mass again as it was my mother's anniversary. After Mass I had a great chat with Fr. Tom Little who like me is very interested in hurling. At about 11 a.m. the physiotherapist arrived and was very pleased with my progress. I visited the greenhouse tasted the grapes, good and sweet. I did a bit of work on thhe tomatoes removing the side shoots. Then I went out the front and took some photos: a fern I got from Martin B at Johnstown, Rose Ragusa and Rose Abraham Darby. This rose has excellent fragrance. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 17:41:09

That's so lovely that you still acknowledge your Mam's passing, Dick. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 May 2017 18:07:16

Well done getting to Mass for your mothers anniversary and nice to have the chat about the hurling. I love your Rosa 'Abrahan Darby' and delighted that you are on the mend.

accsean accsean 22 May 2017 20:22:42

Good to hear you are doing well, Dick. Anniversary masses are special and I'm sure it did you good and there was plenty to talk about after yesterdays match with your priest. Fair play to Cork and it gladdened my heart to see two teams playing hurling as it should be played, would that Limerick and Clare do the same in a couple of weeks, but I fear not. Lovely photos.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 22:17:35

We always celebrate our parents anniversary too. It somehow makes them feel closer. Great to hear you are improving daily too Dick.  

Moya Moya 22 May 2017 23:04:42

Great to hear that you are up and about Dick and doing a bit as well!

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 23 May 2017 10:21:22

Great too hear you are up and about Dick . The Cork win has added a pep to your step no doubt . I was at the game and Cork deserved their win. While disappointed at least we have the qualifiers route and some more games ahead. There will be many twists and turns yet . Think I'll cut the lawns today but I won't be saving any hay unfortunately . 

fraoch fraoch 23 May 2017 19:59:25

Great that you're making good progress, Dick. Lovely Roses.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 23 May 2017 22:13:33

Great roses Dick. Glad to hear the physiotherapist is happy with you...you are certainly keeping on the move.

Making Progress

21 May 2017 20:47:15

Improving every day. I got out the front a bit yesterday and into the greenhouse fter that. The grapes are sweet. I tasted some. I drove to the shop yesterday and got to Mass to day. I am still using the stick. This afternoon I watched the matches on TV, in particular Cork v Tipp senior hurling. Sure most of the experts thought that it would be one way traffic, as we know it was a great game, never sure what way it would go until the end I would say super hurling and the team I fancied won. Now I am about to watch the Sunday Game. No photos to day, perhaps to morrow.

fraoch fraoch 21 May 2017 21:22:36

Glad to hear you are improving, Dick. Great about the hurling wasn't it?

Mary B Mary B 21 May 2017 22:10:43

Very pleased to hear of your improving health. We are overjoyed with today's win, the Rebels are back, Corcaigh abú :)

Dick Dick 21 May 2017 22:55:28

Thanks Heather and Mary. This Cork team will take beating.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 May 2017 23:02:14

Good to hear that you are improving and that you are getting out into the garden. 

Dick Dick 22 May 2017 07:33:09

Thanks Mary. What did you think of Cork? Now they meet Waterford.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 May 2017 07:53:21

Good man, Dick. Keep on improving.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 May 2017 07:55:16

Surprised at the result, but from interviews I heard during the week Tipp did seem to have their problems. Looking forward to Waterford/Cork match.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 08:02:46

Dick I'm so glad you are up and about. You seem in good spirits too. Each day you will be stronger. Enjoy the good weather too! 

Dick Dick 22 May 2017 17:10:51

Thanks Mary, Jacinta and Jackie. Mary, I am looking forward to Cork v Waterford.

Out of Commission for a While

17 May 2017 18:00:53

Sorry friends of Garden.ie but gardening has been out for a while. In recent times, my energy was low, much better now. I had thought that things would come right but eventually I called on my GP. Tuesday and Thursday of last week. He arranged me to se Mr. Ian Wilson in Aut Even Hospital. So as one who travwls a limited distance by car, I drove to Carlow station, then by train to Kilkenny and taxi  to the hospital. I met Mr.Wilson and discussed the problem. This was on Friday and back to Carlow. Sunday still not myself apart from Mass I went nowhere thenI started the Fleet dose, two bottles of Fleet and about 6 pints af water.Some of  the cleansing started anf anybudy who knows this operation, I hope they wont require it. No solid food that day and on Monday food and water were out. My nephew Eoin who had helped me before and he lives in Kildare, drove to Aut Even(Ait Aoibhinn) and the setting of the grounds suggest this. Very soon I was in the theatre and when I opened my eyes again I was in the area where I was collected. I was back in Carlow that evening. My energy is much better. in the process of preparing for hospital, I had a shower and that could have caused thr problem I have with the left leg. I had the physiotherapist to dat. Should be on my feet withina few days.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 May 2017 18:34:47

Oh, Dick, that's so awful. But you sound like a man who does exactly what the doctors say. Stay with that thought. And hopefully you'll be as right as rain very soon.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 May 2017 20:15:35

Oh Dick I am so sorry to hear that and hope you will soon be feeling better. Mr Wilson has a very good name so I am sure you will improve. Aut Even is a splendid hospital and it was great that you were allowed back toCarlow so soon. Hope those legs will soon be propelling you out into the garden. In the meantime take things easy.

fraoch fraoch 17 May 2017 21:01:09

Sorry to hear that, Dick, and all good wishes for your recovery..

JoanG JoanG 17 May 2017 21:35:09

That was nasty, Dick, hope you will be back to your old self soon. Take care. 

Mary B Mary B 17 May 2017 21:49:22

so sorry to hear that you were not well Dick, best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 21:59:13

Poor you, Dick.  When you are on your own, it can be hard to deal with these things and overcoming feeling sorry for yourself.  But, from the short time have known you on this site, I realise you are prepared to make the best of things and not allow it to get on top of you. 

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. 

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 17 May 2017 22:51:28

Crikey Dick, you've been through the mill ! It must be awful not being able to get the little jobs done when you want to . Still your health is more important and important to be fully recovered before attempting the work . Best wishes for a speedy recovery 


accsean accsean 17 May 2017 22:52:23

Very sorry to hear you have been out of sorts, Dick, and my very best wishes to you for a rapid recovery. With your positive outlook on life you will be flying it shortly and you can relax and enjoy the start of the Munster hurling championship on sunday even if Limerick aren't playing.

Dick Dick 17 May 2017 23:18:58

Thank you all for your kind words. They did a good job on me and from the point of view of being in good for and having energy, that is great. The other item I hope will be solved quick ly. I am looking forward to the Cork ve Tipp match  and the Rebels don't seem bad. after in the Leac=gue they were the only side that beat Tipp and look how Galway vertually destroyed Tipp. What do you feel Declan. I remember the days when these two Counties met and there was only a puck of a ball between them. Sean, I am a mixture of Cork and limerick and as my father was from the Rebel County

By the way a neighbour is looking after the greenhouse for me. 

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 17 May 2017 23:46:00

Ah Dick , you are secretly hoping the underdog will cause an upset . I'd loto be a Cork hurler next Sunday in Thurles , no expectations , no pressure , no hope , what an ideal opportunity to upset the odds . 

I believe Tipp will win but as usual after a battle and a half . I lived in Cork during the 80s and well remember the titanic battles , draws and replays . It's a shame the rebelse lost their way . It made it all the easier for Kilkenny to dominate as Cork were a team they always feared .

Up the Premier , sure our Ladies won League and promotion last Sunday so Iam hoping for another good result !

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 May 2017 00:53:02

Hope you are back to great health very soon.

Keego Keego 18 May 2017 13:32:04

Dick sorry to hear about your ill health I hope you will be feeling much better soon


Dick Dick 18 May 2017 20:05:37

Thank you all. I mentioned the physiotherapist and and he gave me home work. I can do things I was unable to do in the last few days. He was a student of mine for a while. Don't worry I will be at the garden again.

Moya Moya 18 May 2017 22:29:30

Dick, I hope that operation sorted the problem and that you will recover completely very quickly. I love reading your journals about your tomatoes and roses so I hope you can get back to gardening in the not too distant future. 

PeterW PeterW 18 May 2017 22:36:48

Get better soon dick

Jackie Jackie 20 May 2017 08:05:10

Dick so sorry to read that you are unwell. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hopefully you will be up and out real soon. Take care. 

Dick Dick 20 May 2017 23:20:08

Thank you all. Energy very good to day . I got outside the house to day, front and back. I went to the greenhouse. The tomato plants are showing plenty of flowers, should be feeding them soon. The grapes are sweet. I tasted some of them. I even drove to the shop to buy some food. I hope to get to Mass to morrow.

Fleurette Fleurette 21 May 2017 00:07:47

That is great progress, Dick. You have such determination and it will pay off.

Mary B Mary B 21 May 2017 22:07:29

And a great win for Cork today must have made you feel even better!

Rebels abú :)

Dawn Chorus

07 May 2017 20:56:34

I wonder did anybody stay up from midnight to 6 a.m. I didnt I try to be in bed by midnight. An interesting point was that I hardly slept at all. I will explain later. Due to double glazing in my bedroom window, I didn't hear the birds but in the after noon, I heard them as I sat in front of the house and it wasreally pleasant. However I saw no birds, what a pity?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 May 2017 21:41:45

No Dick, I did not stay up, but I did see the news this evening and how so many people did surprised me. When you live in a rural area you are blessed to hear them.

fraoch fraoch 07 May 2017 21:44:05

I heard a bit of it as I leave the radio on all night and woke at some stage.

Fleurette Fleurette 07 May 2017 22:33:42

Neither did I didn't stay up , but around 3am I heard my friend, Mr Robbie Bobbie, chirping away outside the bedroom.  

Yesterday, as I worked in the garden, I could not believe the "racket" one single swallow was making as he perched on the telephone line  near me.  When I looked up and  said Hello , he looked satisfied and off he went.  

There is so much bird song around these gardens, and yet, 40 yrs ago, when we first brought my parents here, my Father remarked that there was no bird-song!  Why?  There was not a single tree anywhere around, no bushes, hardly a hedge. What a change now. 

Dick Dick 07 May 2017 22:48:23

An interesting point Margot. When my house was built in 1977, there were no trees except those at the side. It is very different now and it is a pleasure to hear the birds but as I said before no sign of no birds nowhere!!!

Fleurette Fleurette 07 May 2017 22:54:57

Dick, you are not alone in not actually being able to see our wee friends.  So often, I hear them chittering away in the trees near me, and cannot see a thing until suddenly, one decides to fly off.   Nothing beats the feedeers sited  close to the house.  

Jackie Jackie 07 May 2017 23:07:08

I was up very early this morning, about 5.30am with letting the dogs out plus feeding my little granddaughter. The birds were just amazing. I love that time of the morning and there wasn't  stir out of the trees. Compared to the hurricane winds of yesterday. . m The birds were going strong non stop from about 4am when I first woke up. A real joy and great to be alive!! 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 08 May 2017 15:15:48

I did the Darkness into Light walk last weekend - it was fairly magical hearing the birds wake up and accompany us on our walk!

TerriShoos TerriShoos 09 May 2017 08:37:58

We did the Darkness into Light on Saturday and then the Dawn Chorus walk on Sunday. In bed by 9 last night, needless to say! When we got up at 3am Saturday the cuckoos were singing, and going strong all night I believe.  We used to hear birds all round, but they rarely came into the garden. Now they're all round us and we get dive-bombed by swallows - even in the shed while I'm potting!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 May 2017 09:56:11

I'm back on house-martin/swallow watch - they have a fascination with the porch over my front door - not really where I want a nest !!!!

Fleurette Fleurette 09 May 2017 10:24:57

Better there than right away far up in the outlet of the air extractor as they have done next door.  It's quite blocked.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 May 2017 12:45:33

Ah no, Margot - don't fancy getting dive bombed every time I go in my front door! There is a lovely derelict house nearby that they usually end up colonising - I just "discourage" them with a well-directed hose before they get their home established!!!

My first Rose is open.

07 May 2017 15:23:28

A glorious day here in Carlow. Yesterday was overcast and cool but to day made up for it. In the afternoon, I brought out the camera hoping to see Abraham Darby fully open , but no. Then I spotted one hadn't expected, a Rugusa Rose. I got it in Co. Waterford some years ago in my sister's garden.There in another on the way.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 May 2017 18:46:11

Beautiful rose, Dick and gorgeous berries in the autumn, a plant for two seasons. Cloud cleared here at lunchtime and after family visiting managed to get a few hours out in the garden, it was glorious.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 May 2017 19:19:37

I love Rosa rugosa so much that I would definitely consider growing it here. But I believe it can take over?  Love the berries even more than the blooms. 

Dick Dick 07 May 2017 19:24:13

Mary, I think I will leave out the antirrhinums and Musa to night. To morrow night it may be different. At 7.20  p.m. the temperature is 20 C. i tasted the grapes and some of them are sweet. Some of the tomatoes are showing flowers, so it is nearly time to feed. One of the tomatoes is up to my waist.

Dick Dick 07 May 2017 19:31:46

Jacinta, there is no doubt about R. rugosa I have plenty space for it to spread. I don't think it is a problem regarding black spot.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 May 2017 19:56:55

Dick, you are brilliant at growing tomatoes. I have to wait to move out the dahlias from the greenhouse to have the tomatoes go in. I hope the forecast of frost over the next few night is not too severe.

Dick Dick 07 May 2017 20:46:35

Mary, the secret is simple. The seed was sown early in January. That tomato plant is a different variety.

Mary B Mary B 07 May 2017 22:36:41

 Eautiful rose, wonderful weather!

Dick Dick 08 May 2017 12:27:58

This morning I noticed two more of these Rugosa roses and there may be more on the way. The Musa and bedding plants were out last night. 


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