Home, Garden & Environment

Signs of summer

Posted on: 11th April, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

Summer’s on its way: first swallows seen on March 30 – one of our earliest sightings.  Here’s hoping they (and us) have a better summer than last year. Chiff chaff’s and willow warblers are about too, lovely sounds of summer…...

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Bushcraft in Ballydehob

Posted on: 10th April, 2017 in Highlights

The Living Land Series at An Sanctoir in Ballydehob will culminate with Johnny Walshe of Living Wilderness leading a two-day Bushcraft experience in April. A modern day Fionn MacCumhaill and Ireland’s answer to Ray Mears, Johnny will teach people how...

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The Living Land Series at An Sanctoir

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

The Living Land Series at An Sanctoir in Ballydehob kicked off in February and will run throughout 2017, with all events hosted on its 30-acre nature reserve. The varied programme includes workshops, plays, talks, concerts and guided nature walks. Its...

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Flower farmers meet up

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

The differences in what’s happening between writing this article and you reading it are huge for us this month. I’m writing a week ahead ‘as such’ and the events I’m talking about will have already happened by the time this...

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A revised and updated edition of the ‘book of the century’

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

When The Salad Garden was first published in 1984, it was heralded as a game-changer by gardeners, chefs and the professional growers who supplied restaurants and supermarkets. The colour photographs, by renowned plant photographer Roger Phillips, brought to life a...

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Let them eat cake with flowers on top

Posted on: 6th February, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

With the provenance of our food becoming a real issue I’m being asked more and more about using flowers on cakes especially wedding cakes. So with that in mind, I’m going to share a few tips with you this month...

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From the ground up

Posted on: 6th February, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

For February’s ‘Home’ feature Donie Hegarty spoke to West Cork People about his life in the Building Trade. Castlehaven native Donie Hegarty has been in the building trade for the last 50 years and the experienced builder, 66, has no...

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Time to shake off the cobwebs

Posted on: 17th January, 2017 in Home, Garden & Environment

‘Happy New Year’ – it’s a funny old saying really. When does one end and when does a new one start? Depending on your beliefs you could be saying it a few times a year, for instance ‘Samhain’ marked the...

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