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Magical Midwinter at the Cottage
Freezing fog surrounds Bealtaine Cottage.
Despite the cold, part of the day has been spent outdoors, tree-planting and dog walking.
Missy decided to remain indoors.
She has gotten rather snuffly again as she struggles with her condition.
She craves the warmth and sleeps a lot, bless her!
Once outside, adjusted to the cold with lots of layers, it’s a pleasant day with that magical midwinter light, as the sun travels low on the horizon.
You can see that the fog has partially lifted, though remains in the valley below, hugging the village of Keadue.
Lots of mixed and informal planting gives the gardens a colour and form all the year round, as you can see from today’s picture.
That’s Pyracantha in the foreground, with Buddleia and Copper Beech, Box and Bamboo, all vying for a space and standing up to the wind from the west!
Part of today was spent in hard graft…cutting back some of the Laurel Arch on the path that leads from the cottage to the polytunnel and soft fruit gardens.
Winter is a busy time, as one attempts to keep on top of the crazy growth here in the west of Ireland.
The top needs to be cut back, but I shall leave that to another day!
However, look what was on the inside…a beautiful birds nest…so I walked quietly away!
My excuse to retreat indoors and make a big pot of tea!