For the love of dog

Nine years ago Gracie was born and I was very excited to meet her.

The dog I got and her brother.

Photo by T Moriarty

Photo by T Moriarty

With her Mummy.

Photo by T Moriarty

Photo by T Moriarty

All grown up with Macy.

Gracie & Macy

With her new Mum.


An easy life.

Rugby fans

A new friend.

Gracie & Maya

In the bluebells.

In the bluebells

Martha and Gracie on holiday.

On holiday

Evie and Gracie.

Evie and Gracie

9 Years Old! Happy Birthday Gracie!

Taming the jungle

Going on holiday in the middle of July results in returning to an overgrown jungle in the garden. The task of removing all the shoots from the tomatoes is all the more difficult as they have grown to an enormous size in the few weeks we were away. Oh there are so many of them! The lettuce has nearly all bolted and we struggle to get replacement seeds sown when we are trying to reclaim space in the overgrown raised beds to sow the seeds in. There are not enough gardening hours at this time of year.

The kale has transformed into a small tree and is intertwined with climbing beans.







An abundance


This is our garlic harvest and it has been a good one! This stuff really seems to love the polytunnel and whatever else is going on with the soil. I really should keep better notes about what we have done. I think the garlic bed had compost two years ago and legumes last year.

The poppies flowered a few weeks earlier this year, last year we missed them as we were on holiday.



The first peas


The broad beans are just starting to fatten up and the peas have given us our first small harvest. Not enough to take home and cook, but just enough to feed small people (and myself) straight from the plant. They prefer to eat their greens very fresh. Once cooked and put on a dinner plate the greens are usually rejected.



Turns out the big people are are sampling the greens in the garden too, though I would have thought it wise to correctly identify a plant prior to eating. Someone has been sampling the leaves of my bread seed poppies, thinking that they are a type of oriental green!

In the garden, 12 May


This week in the garden we built some structures: a bean teepee for the purple climbing beans and a trellis for tomatoes (which will be grown up strings). Last years support for the tomatoes struggled under the weight of the many fruits that grew, so this year Dave has tried to make it extra strong.

Wee Blaíthín

By the banks of the Bann

I find I don’t have quite as much time to knit these days, but I usually have something on the go. I finished this Blaíthín cardigan for Martha in February and she has got good wear out of it. Sadly, the ceramic buttons that I used were not up to the job, several of them broke and have been replaced with plastic buttons.


At the start of the year a had a bit of a sewing frenzy. I hope to share some of the items I made soon, but until then I leave you with this picture.



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366, a set on Flickr.

A photo a day from 2012. Some really terrible pictures and lots that I love. It has been hard work, especially after I returned to work in October – it is hard to find something to photograph when you spend all your daylight hours in a boring office.

Next year I will lessen the pressure and do a 52 weeks project.