Saturday, January 22, 2011

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This week was polytunnel week, firstly helping Mairt and Una dismantle their tunnel ready for their move to Killorglin, where Mairt has a new job as Vicar for Killorglin, Castlemaine and Milltown: good luck with that - you'll be missed around here. He's been joking that he's no longer the Camp Vicar....
Then I was helping David and Maureen put up their polytunnel: it's now all done, and looking good, and David kindly has lent us one of his prints of Kilshannig to put on display in the B&B.
He's got an interesting collection of seeds from Seedsavers in County Clare, including a hardier variety of Basil, and some tomatos from Canada, both well suited to the climate here. Talking of Seedsavers they are starting to encourage more local schemes for saving seed, and Thomas from Manna will be going on the courses about this project: should be interesting! Thomas and Claire have been working on their website, so you'll soon be able to order your organic fruit and veg boxes online soon. The next job there is to cover their large polytunnel ready to grow more Wheatgrass, and then I suppose we should really re-cover ours! Just need to find a few minutes....

Oh, and Carsten stayed for a couple of nights, he's already posted a few nice photos from the visit on his Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What a nice surprise: I had a note this morning on Facebook that the blog had been awarded The Stylish Blogger award by Darcy Lapp of The Backyard Market fame - thankyou so much! Darcy and Andy stayed with us a few years ago whilst walking the Dingle Way, and grow their own fruit and veg, look after their chickens, cook like maniacs, and are dedicated locavores ( to those who don't know, eat locally produced food - good plan! )

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Ta da!!!
So this is the idea:
  • Make a post and link back to the person that awarded you this honour
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Award 15 ( or so ) recently discovered great bloggers, so they know they are being appreciated
  • Contact the bloggers to let them know they've won!
Anyway, after a bit of thinking, here goes:
  1. I was working as a Computer Analyst before doing the B&B
  2. Rachel was in Stocks and Shares
  3. I used to hate and avoid DIY, now I seem to do it all the time ( and love it, hmm...)
  4. We met in a pub in Brighton, with Rachel on a works night out, and me on mine
  5. We got married in Mauritius
  6. We'd love to do a season running a Ski Chalet
  7. We're going to get some pigs this year!
I'd be hard pressed to come across 15 favourite blogs, but, as they say, the winners are:
  • Darcy and Andy for The Backyard Market
  • Shae for Hitchhiking to Heaven - thanks to Darcy for pointing us to this one
  • Sarah for Gallisgocostarica - Sarah and Renes adventures in Costa Rica, monkeys and all!
  • Various for ClientEarth - brought to my attention after reading Hughs FishFight pages on Facebook, activist environmental lawyers no less!
  • Laura for The Brodie Bunch - a private blog for friends and family, but so funny and well written.
I should also say that if you haven't already got involved with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls campaign to stop needless Fish discards then take a look at www.fishfight.net

Phew, enough for now, back later.....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

After a few days off from blogging, we'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Christmas seems to come and go so quickly, and now we're back to normality ( well, almost! ) Rachel has done three twelve hour night shifts at Tralee General Hospital, minding a few patients, and I've been back helping out on Manna's Farm. Big excitement there as they have taken delivery of their new Wheatgrass Juicer, and also a whole heap of scaffolding to make storage and benches for seeding up the Wheatgrass. If you haven't tried it before, the health benefits are said to be great, and the stuff from Manna is really sweet.
Good to see that we're starting to get a few more bookings, so let's hope 2011 is a good one for everyone!