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Rainbows Before Imbolc

 

As I write this, the rain is lashing down around the walls of the cottage. it’s Friday and the weather is almost mid-March in it’s behaviour…wild, windy, mild and wet!


It has been a day of rainbows…I’ve counted four so far! And the sun, when it does shine through, is brilliant!


The rain has now turned to hailstones!

“By early evening all the sky to the north had darkened and the spare terrain they trod had turned a neuter gray as far as the eye could see. They grouped in the road at the top of a rise and looked back. The storm front towered above them and the wind was cool on their sweating faces. They slumped bleary-eyed in their saddles and looked at one another. Shrouded in the black thunderheads the distant lightning glowed mutely like welding seen through foundry smoke. As if repairs were under way at some flawed place n the iron dark of the world.”
― Cormac McCarthyAll The Pretty Horses

Little bits of work has been done over the course of the day, including cleaning out the hen-house and continuing to cut willow.

“Dang! Look at that RAINBOW!” Piper shouted, accidently spewing bits of apple pie from her overstuffed mouth. All quickly turned and saw…
…exactly what Piper claimed, a rainbow.”
― Victoria ForesterThe Girl Who Could Fly

Thomas Hardy

“WEATHERS
This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly;
And the little brown nightingale bills his best,
And they sit outside at ‘The Traveller’s Rest,’
And maids come forth sprig-muslin drest,
And citizens dream of the south and west,
And so do I.

This is the weather the shepherd shuns,
And so do I;
When beeches drip in browns and duns,
And thresh and ply;
And hill-hid tides throb, throe on throe,
And meadow rivulets overflow,
And drops on gate bars hang in a row,
And rooks in families homeward go,
And so do I.”
― Thomas Hardy

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Permaculture Cottage Daily ~ The Sunday Supplement

Apples

The windfalls have been collected and stacked in buckets in the kitchen, awaiting apple pies and jellies and maybe more, but I’m too lazy to give it much thought today, Sunday.

And apples of a different hue and a much different taste.

Twelve apple trees planted thus far and still nowhere near enough!

Ireland continues to import most of it’s eating apples and they’re quite tasteless!

Roses on the arch between the orchards have bloomed all summer long.

The newly divided rhubarb is thriving in the bigger space.

Comfrey, Rosa Rugosa, Purple Beech, Willow, Hebes, Sedge and Laurel all crowd together happily!

Sunday!

Fukushima…

This continues to concern me.

Dr Helen Caldicott is worth a watch…

http://youtu.be/4ITrXVJMKeQ