|Pedro giving the hardcore yard a bit of|
|'Sparks' would be proud of us - measure |
twice; cut once!
|New dog pen|
- A cattle race scraped clear of invasive grass
- The East Field devoid of tall weeds, mainly docks, rushes, nettles and thistles
- 'Back of the Goose House' razed nettle patch
- Huge veg patch back under control and 100 sq yards of it under plastic sheeting
- Hedges and big willow pruned behind same.
- Grass mowed everywhere, even into bits I have never mowed before AND all of it done with the grass-box on the back of the mower and the clippings carted away to composts or pigs (i.e. all better and tidier than I normally manage)
- Orchard scythed and brush-cuttered to within a few inches.
- The yard mowed.
- 2 lovely anti-chicken cages now protecting 2 strawberry beds
- A lovely new 'picket' fence dog-pen leading off from the old back door.
|The lads with their carved man. They think Liz |
should knit him a little hat and scarf for the
|The boys cook us 'cachopo', a recipe from Asturias (northern|
|Miss Black with Manu-1 and Manu-2. Manu-3 appeared later.|
|Miss Black brings the babies out. They are so tiny; they are like |
little bumble bees after we have got used to the previous clutches
of chicks which are now at least 6 weeks old.
|Aughalustia Bridge, just south of Ballaghaderreen.|
|Teaching the Roscommon worms to swim.|
|The lads are bottom right in this shot. It is a very scenic place|
So, that was pretty much that. We fed them a breakfast this morning, retrieved all their dry laundry from our Utility Room and I ran them down to Castlerea station for their quarter to eleven train to Dublin. The 2nd fortnight of their tour is staying with a Help-X host farm with horses, somewhere over by Blessington, just outside Dublin, on the shore of the enormous 'Pollaphuca' Reservoir with its hydro-electric scheme and its water supply for the capital. If they can't find fish in there, we told them, then they are not trying hard enough!
We have joked with them that they will always be welcome back here so if they don't like it at Blessington, they will have to re-appear here under cover of darkness, tails between their legs. Please feed us, Lizzie, we want to come ba-ack! We didn't like it in Dublin. They didn't have Meridian peanut butter!
|Con the Archery Coach turns out to be a highly skilled exponent|
of the mini-digger.
|Low point in my career. Down in the ditch trying not to lose|