Cutting back branches today.
This is a good way of creating more fuel for the fire and is easy to do even if there is no barn or shed to stack them in. Simply clean them back and make a wig-wam to stand them up so they can air dry. These little wig-wams can stand over the Spring and Summer and be ready to burn over the winter.
Daffodils placed in the warmth of the kitchen today.
I picked them yesterday whilst out on a walk in the forest. They were growing around the ruins of an old castle near the lough. The daffodils had multiplied over the years and were simply everywhere!
Spring daffodils have become a marker of displaced and emigrated families as they come into bloom around ancient, deserted ruins…
Jack is a happy dog these days…for Flo has come to stay!
Flo is yet another stray dog, re-homed through Bealtaine Cottage and a regular returnee…in fact she loves being here and Jack’s eyes have become heart shaped!
Flo and Jack make a strange looking couple, as Flo is tiny and Jack is, well, you can see what I mean!
Tea is my favourite tipple and I have recently discovered Redbush Tea…which is delicious! I have made a toasted cinnamon and sultana bagel…oh, the simple things in life are always the best!
I was chatting with Mum on the phone recently and she is already looking forward to the late Spring and the Bluebell blooming in the forest nearby Bealtaine.
It is amazing that Mum has happily been in good heath since her Breast Cancer Operation nearly two years ago. Mum resolutely refused any drug treatment or radiotherapy , saying that she simply wanted to live without any interference, appointments etc. Well, so far, so good! Mum is a great tea drinker…and I think that helps both her health and her spirit!
Many of my regular readers have said how they read this diary during morning or afternoon break, with a cup of tea or coffee…Cheers!
PS: Missy continues to be rather poorly and is visiting the Vet this afternoon. We make sure she is kept in good spirits and with plenty of love and warmth. Fingers crossed!