Colette O'Neill, Innovator of Goddess Permaculture Plantswoman Teacher Writer and Photographer
Reflections on an Irish Hedgerow
Flo has taken over Jack’s home…a girl after my own heart…and poor Jack, he looks so downtrodden!
As soon as he dares to exit the basket, Flo spreads out so as to deter Jack from even getting his paw back in!
I’ve been out looking at the hedgerow and the incredible growth so far this year.
I’ve made a short video that you can click on at the end of this blog.
It’s an observation on how to make the hedgerow deeper and a safe wildlife corridor, as that is what the present day hedge has evolved into.
Indeed, without hedgerows, wildlife are left incredibly exposed as they traverse the land from place to place.
Our own habitats are easy to protect and enhance, but there is nothing so beneficial to the health of the environment as the common hedgerow.
As I spin wool, the hedgerow on an Autumn morning, is spun over with silky threads and webs by spiders inhabiting within.
Last evening it was very warm and balmy, so, I opened the windows in all rooms throughout the cottage. The lamps were lit and I waited for the expected visitors…Moths…but there were none! Not one! I simply cannot understand it and am somewhat bewildered. I stepped outside and switched on the lamp on the west gable end of the cottage…but still, no Moths! So I went looking for the Bats that have always inhabited the eaves of the roof. I love to watch then swirl around the cottage through the night air, feasting in flight, but…none could be seen! What has happened?