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The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
– Norman Cousins


Black tomato progress report

Here is the latest on the indigo rose front! If these are anyway edible I think the majority will be kept for seed. A target of much attention and passing interest. I am reliably informed they are fourth generation American-Irish plants. The original donor, Dermot, is still coming in to keep an eye on them, talk about a lifetime guarantee!


Jack the lad

In a very roundabout segway to the picture of one of the pumpkins we are growing, I note that the traditional orange pumpkin popular at halloween is called a jack-o-lantern in the US. There is more than you could ever want to know about pumpkins on All About Pumpkins; if you couldn’t guess!

wink tongue out

So what about the phrase “jack the lad”? The story I like most is the tale of Jack Shepard who was a thief caught five times, escaping repeatedly to commit more audacious robberies until eventually hanged at 22 years of age.



It’s a dog’s life

Meet Millie, she visits us every Monday afternoon and bring a smile to many faces when she arrives.


Millie comes in to us from Peata, and she is very popular. Millie herself has a particular fondness for Elena, who is feeding her apple slices here. Many thanks to Annette and other pet owners like her who allow their dogs bring smile therapy to the masses!



Peas are filling out nicely. Our brassicas are developing well and don’t seem to attract the pigeons as much these days. We’ve got some nice lettuce in rotation now, and there seems to be a good crop of tomatoes on the way.

A rose by any other name

Some of the roses that were donated have rewarded us for the TLC we have shown them.

I saw this ad recently and never knew of the product, I must look more into it, it sounds absolutely revolting.
1962 Liquor Ad, Richard's Wild Irish Rose Wine, Elegant Woman & Man at Party Wearing Formalwear//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Update: So I did look into it and surprise, surprise it has nothing to do with Ireland or roses, wild or otherwise. Nowadays it retails at $8.99 and has developed into a variety of “flavours”.

Trátaí Dubh


So here are our emerging black tomatoes. I understood that they went black as they ripened, but you can see here that they are partially black as they emerge. The variety is Indigo Rose and they were donated by Dermot who grew them from seed at home.