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Finally- after being away for 12 days- then spending the last 5days catching up with unpacking- washing- ironing -oh and work aswell- I have finally found a few moments to reflect and catch my breath after the hols etc.

We had a fantastic time- with really good weather- even got a little sunburnt ( unintentionally as I am a stickler for using sun cream- before & after). Will blog all about it over the next few days. Would love to share photo’s, but the camera is with the children- so later there then.

I do love to be back at home tho- but my 2 children have stayed in the UK with their grandparents and will not be back until July end. So it seems strange pottering about the house- just Noel & I- kind of a bit lost and the day’s seem longer. That said we have plans to get on with jobs we have been putting of. Deep spring cleaning, decorating, tiling the kitchen, our bedroom ( which is the last one to be done) sore point!

All the plants here in Ireland seem to have coped very well- we put the hanging baskets in the garage- incase there was a heatwave. No such luck I’m afraid. Apparently it rained the whole time we  were away and it hasn’t really stopped since we returned. No Summer in Eire, so far and it is damp & chilly compared to Devon & the Midlands. My one dissapointment is my Irises- which decided to flower the minute we were away and have now faded on our return- little teasers. At least the lillies waited.

So I will end for now- get my thoughts together and tell you all about our time in Devon, starting tomorrow. Brightest Blessings.

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We had another fine day in the garden today. Plenty of planting and tending. The Honeysuckle is out and smells devine. My Iris’s are nearly there and the bee’s they are a buzzing. The Starlings on the other hand are completely bonkers- if they are not trying to break their necks flying into the windows they are flying down the blocked chimneys- which then have to be unblocked to reveal very sooty birds. Oh the fun we have. Brightest Blessings.

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As Sunday was the 1st of June, we put out all the tender plants and made up the hanging baskets. What a surprise then to find on Friday & Saturday Morning there had been a light frost. Thankfully very light and the mist and dew on the grass & in the hedgerows and on the spider webs made the Irish countryside look very mystical indeed. Luckily all plants are just fine if not a little confused with the temperature change. I can’t wait for Sunday’s & Monday’s- my 2 days off when I can get out there and see how everything is coming along. Brightest Blessings.

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Actually- just watched Gardeners World- and I seriously must get some comfrey- for liquid & solid fertiliser & compost making. Wonderful to see Simon King on from SpringWatch- with tips on attracting more wildlife to the garden. Is Carol Klein going to be the new presenter? I do so love her enthusiasm. How ever- I will still miss Monty- but the show must go on and I will still be an avid watcher as new ideas and tips are ever needed- you can never know enough- always some thing to learn & try out- Just like life really and ofcourse my wonderful pagan journey. Brightest Blessings.

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Super seeds!

It is quite amazing really- how quickly seeds can germinate. Last Sunday we dug & planted our first little veg plot in the garden of our current home. Now Noel & I have had veg before- but in well tended Gardens and we grew them from young  plants. This was straight into the soil and already- we have lettuce- broccoli and beetroot showing, just 8 days later! Now it will remain to be seen if we can – 1) keep the slugs off. 2) stop the starlings using the new growth for nesting material and 3) prevent the kids from frisbeeing the tops off! Brightest Blessings.

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Now that Chelsea is over- we can start to prepare plants for going outside. So we started with the Cymbidiums- they all had old leaves and old pseudobulbs removed- then had a plunge in a tepid bath- a good feed and a spray and repotting or dividing. So we now have 16 of those. Then it was Bradleys carnivorous monstrosity- a 5 foot tall pitcher plant. She was repotted and the 2 baby ones removed and potted on. Then it was the turn of the Banana- this had 3 babies- all removed and potted on. We ran out of time to do the other banana- a red leafed variety- now standing at 6 feet tall. The Goddess only knows how or where I am going to put them all when they come back indoors before the frosts return! I definately need a bigger house or at least half a dozen greenhouses. Brightest Blessings.

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You all have such lovely pictures of your Iris’s- and me I have lovely green leaves? No sign of flowers yet- I feel the need to get to the Garden centre and find some already in flower. I know I just need a little patience and they will bloom. Will hopefully show the results when it happens. Brightest Blessings.

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