The season of….

…mists and mellow fruitfulness is now upon us. The garden and kitchen garden are starting to bed down for winter and we have the prospect of strimming the wildflowers and grasses in both of our orchards. We’ve had to purchase a Husqvarna Brush Cutter for this little exercise, as the grass trimmers we already haveContinue reading “The season of….”

Time moves swiftly onwards…

We’ve been in our retirement setting for nearly two years already! They do say that time flies when you’re busy, and a lot has gone on during the fly past! During that time, the jungle that passed for the back 1/4 acre garden has had all the brambles (formerly the National Collection!) and nettles removedContinue reading “Time moves swiftly onwards…”

The Seasons…

….they are a’changing. Mornings have a distinct autumn chill about them and the mists referred to by Keats in his poem on the subject have begun to lurk across the valley in front of us and off to the right, where the River Shannon meanders its way to Portumna, Loch Derg, Limerick and the Atlantic.Continue reading “The Seasons…”

Felice anno nuovo…

…might well have been the greeting to you all at this time of the year, but that would have been from the time when retirement plans were angled very much towards La bella Italia. Having bought a des res on about 0.6 of an Irish acre (about a quarter bigger than one of our EnglishContinue reading “Felice anno nuovo…”

The year marches on…

…and so does the indomitable Contessa and her often less-than-happy band of singers in the Chamber Opera Group of Lucca. “Family Concerns” will hit the bookshelves in the next couple of weeks… This year’s London Book Fair seemed to be even more busy that in previous years, with strong representations for the far east andContinue reading “The year marches on…”

Time Marches On…

…and we all have to do our best to keep up with it. Or do we? Surely, the truth of the matter must be that time is our master and, no matter what we do or don’t do, it will always march on regardless. The problem of our modern world must rather be one ofContinue reading “Time Marches On…”