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Gooseberries Robins and Roses

19 November 2017 20:39:48

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I had a bumper crop of gooseberries this year. I had quite a  lot picked when things went wrong. The plan was to make gooseberry jam which I had made for decades. I put over 8 lbs into the fridge and hoped that i would get the time to make the jam but  between hospitalisation and other factors, the jame was not made. So between the fruit which I picked in June and the others which were devoured by the birds, none was made at the appropriate time. Recently when I seemed to have the time, the only thing I could do was to throw them into the compost heap. 

Roses seemed to be very good in June, then things went wrong. I still have a few. Normally I would have them until December. The recent frost didn't do much for them. Some of them, on the rose tree were almost as big as my hand.

My feathered friend, the robin,  comes to me quite often  Sometimes he comes in the back door for his food. Often when I go outside he is there waiting for me so when some bird seed is put in his box, he is in. Recently when I raked the leaves, and we seemed to have a lot this year, he comes along to pick up any live objects which probably is his favourite.


27 October 2017 17:31:41

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Here we have a later photo of the Liquidambar. I took a photo early on but not very much colour other than green. Then came storms Ophelia and Brian and I was afraid that the foliage was all gone. I would have expected something better if these storms had not come. To day started with fog, not very easy to drive although I did. Later it turned out to be a pleasant day. I took the photo. Here it is. The photos were taken from two views, same tree.

See previous entry

24 October 2017 15:01:00

Thanks to Brian

23 October 2017 17:41:31

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Ophelia passed over my place. While it was not welcome, it didn't seem to do much damage. I noticed a branch that came off the liquidambar but unless you saw the branch on the ground, you would not miss it. Storm Brian seemed less dangerous and yet when I went out the back which faces south, I noticed something. At first it seemed superfluous. To day was a beautiful  day, good temperature and no wind, not what you would expect in late October. I went out with secateurs and pruning saw. Some branches were removed. A pair of loppers took over later on and more wood was removed. Eventually  I had decided to call it a day, remembering the operation I had. I will return perhaps to morrow. The amount of damage done to cultivated plants was small. It was mainly trees which were there when I came here in 1977. One tree that I noticed to day lay horizontally and as a result I was unable to get at work I had done with roses and the like. However, bit by bit I will get it under control. Sorry the camera is out of action but I will look after that  as well. By the way, I hear that the Danes came to Ireland recently to have a go at the Irish. However where the two armies met was not in Clontarf but at the other side of the river. What was the name of the man leading the Irish in Clontarf?  Answer:Brian.

Country Market

20 October 2017 20:41:10


18 October 2017 20:57:21

Oh how the Thunder rolls Oh how the Winds are howl

16 October 2017 16:02:25

First of the apples picked

13 October 2017 22:47:28

Back again

13 October 2017 13:46:25

Tomatoes come out Bananas about to go in

23 September 2017 22:39:59

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Well, to day , or was it yesterday, the Autumnal Equinox, equal day and night. However the temperature was a bit higher than a week ago. I decided to turn on the central heating, at the time but no heat. Then I decided to contact the man who would service the boiler. Later, I felt that I should put down the dip stick into the tank ach mo lean, bhi se beagnach folamh.(It was almost empty). I got in 1000 litres of oil, then a service and would you believe, it is a bit on the warmer side now. However, I can expect no more growth in the tomatoes so they were removed  to day. Now as time goes on, we can expect a drop in temperature before long, so the Musa, banana, plants will go in soon. Perhaps Peter W may let me know how he thinks. As you see I have only a small amount of tomatoes. The yield was low this year.


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