The Garden in November

The weather has grown cold, but my winter tidy up is complete; it was finished right before the cold snap, to my great relief! Shrubs were moved, perennials divided and given new homes, grasses were released from clumps to make way for new spring growth, and the last of my bulbs (Allium and miniature Daffodils) were planted where my Lavatera […]

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Black and White Photography

I recently participated in two 7 day photography challenges on social media. The first was in Nature photography, which I will share in a little slideshow: The second was in black and white – which created more than a little apprehension. However, I accepted the challenge. The full moon in October was already captured on my camera. I used it […]

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Petulu’s Sacred Herons

One of Petulu’s Sacred Heron The following is an excerpt from my memoir: “A period of mass murder blighted the islands of Indonesia in 1965, when more than 5% of the population of Bali were massacred. The small village of Petulu, located a few miles north of Ubud is home to mass graves from this terrible period in the island’s […]

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Lambs at Last!

This week, I was rewarded with my first glimpses of this year’s newborn lambs -two white ones and three black, including black twins.  I have been eagerly anticipating their arrival since February ! The Twins and their friend I felt so thrilled to see them; I had a smile on my face for the remainder of the day… Mother and Baby

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Frogs have Spawned

Clumps of frog spawn in local pools Spring is well underway here in Donegal, and frogs have been busy producing frog spawn for around 2 weeks now.  I always feel such JOY when I see their clumps of eggs in water pools along my regular walking route. They remind me of my childhood, when I used to collect frog spawn in a jam […]

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The Garden in January

A winter view across my back garden I had another JOY filled afternoon last week, spent weeding and pottering in my garden. Thankfully, the mild autumn and winter weather has ensured I am well ahead of my usual gardening schedule.  I have gravel paths between my flower beds, with a strong barrier underneath, yet some determined weeds still manage to seed through the stones, and the gentle winter […]

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Rest

Today, I am thankful for rest, as I recover from my chest infection. Mother Nature has also been a great healer, as I watch her through my kitchen window. The weather has been unusually mild, but the birds are very hungry.  They seem to be eating more than usual.  I wonder why? I feed them with nuts, seeds, and other goodies, and they also […]

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