Costa del Cork Street

It’s still morning and look at the temperature! The 30.5C outside measurement is in the polytunnel. 


A ship is safe in harbour…

.. but that’s not what ships are made for.

We went on an outing yesterday to lovely Brittas Bay and then on to Glendalough for a picnic.

We had a gorgeous day, weather was lovely and sunny with the gentlest breeze blowing in off the Irish Sea.

Some went for a swim, others had a paddle and more just lay back on the sand.

In Glendalough we had a picnic in the shade of the trees, and went for a little stroll along the shores of the upper lake. It was rounded off with a nice ice-cream cone.

All in all a real summer outing. Needless to say everyone is tired today but in ebullient form!

Baby brassica

Those are beans in the background, but up front are a variety of brassica; cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts…

Pigeons are having a great time, eating them and pulling them up. Need to get a net over them. I’m using an ultrasonic bird scarer thingy but I think it was too far away, I’ve moved it up closer to the area now.


Story Bud?

“Story Bud?” is local slang for asking you how are you and if you have any news.

So, translates as “What’s the story, buddy?”

Today’s the day that all the world will see
Another sunny afternoon
Walking to the sound of my favorite tune
Tomorrow never knows what it doesn’t know too soon
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to wake up wake up
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to rest your mind
You know you should so I guess you might as well
What’s the story morning glory?


Interesting plant, used for lots of different purposes. Flowers roll up in the evening and open again in the morning. Related to the sweet potato.

Used as a vegetable, a laxative, a psychedelic, and a way to vulcanise rubber!

But the tenuous link between all these things is the classic Oasis song


So we got a nice red strawberry on Friday. Elena swooped and it was no more… Today I decided to see what the temptation was, and of course there are no surviving strawberries from my visit to the tunnel.

I’m not sure what causes homegrown strawberries to be so delicious: maybe it is growing varieties selected for taste rather than shelf life, maybe it is their chemical free upbringing, or maybe it is just watching and waiting. Good things come to those who wait: or so I’m told.

Strawberries and cream

Who can resist strawberries and cream? Or just strawberries freshly picked from the plant?

Until then we have to make do with admiring the plants for their own appeal, but that’s not too bad either is it? It’s great to know that this flower will turn into such a delicious treat. Truly multi-sensorial.