Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Garden Girl

Well, here I am working in my beloved walled garden in Jampa Ling. For a whole month I was the garden girl working under the aegis of the garden guru, Aisling, a truly gifted woman - professional gardener, trad musician, painter and mother. I've been gardening all my life in all kinds of places including Moose Tempura Organic Farm in the East Delta of British Columbia, as a WOOFER for the O'Dea's in the Burren, Co. Clare, as a resident in the Meitheal Community in Donegal and a visitor to Findhorn in Scotland, but never have I learned so much in such a short time. I shall return! These photos show me weaving onions and garlic in strings hanging from an old apple tree (very Thomas Hardy) and then hanging them up to dry in the tool shed. Ah, happiness is outdoor manual labour in a garden, the complete opposite of being locked away in a room working with your head and a PC!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Anti-Puppy Farm Bill Passed - Hurrah!

Update on that situation. The Labour Party recovered their moral backbone and supported this bill. I expect they got a lot of flack from their members - my mother included! - when they voted against the stag-hunting bill, which thankfully also passed. There are many ethical and upright dog breeders in this country but up to now there have also been puppy farms where the most horrific abuses occurred, e.g. bitches bred till they died, exhausted, and animals kept in appalling conditions. The ISPCA and the gardaĆ­ have always known who the perpetrators are but could no nothing about it. Now they can!