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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Greetings from Bavarian Mountains

From a trip to the Fatherland where the weather very much reminds me of many a summer in Ireland. Daily temperatures 11-15 C. Well, I wanted change from Florida's sweltering heat. But there is no such thing as bad weather--only wrong clothes.

Have been busy publishing my first book, hence the delay in new postings here. Also creating website with it and posting on related blogs. Info is all on the right under: What I like.
I hope some of you will like that too.
The book bears relevance to the Ex Farmer's Wife and what became of her...and how she ended up in FL.
Will be back telling about sheep shearing-if a bit late in the season for this year.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ah, the joys of farming...

The current weather in Ireland reminds me of many a summer I spent there. In particular of 1987 when for 3 weeks in July it DID NOT rain for 2 afternoons. So now for you! I bought a padded coat, a Barbour hat and the central heating was running full blast. Hard to garden in those conditions. Pests thrive, veggies rot on the ground and fruit won't ripen. (See previous post about how we dealt with slugs).
My idea of putting the whole country under glass (meant as a joke) was met by stern looks by the Irish. My ex responded by building a huge glasshouse, ca.5x20m in the following months.Ah, the joys of farming in Ireland....
The pictures I spotted in Vogue Magazine are clothes that you definitely won't need on a farm, be that in Ireland or elsewhere. "Every garden-maker should be an artist along his own lines", said Vita Sackville-West.(Photo 1) They may be chic but utterly useless. I agree with their caption to photo 2: It's not easy being green. What you need are a Barbour jacket, raincoat and wellies.