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Beauty is in the details

Posted on: 4th April, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Interior designer Trevor Perrott’s belief in the importance of “finishing touches” has led him to open his own exclusive store in Clonakilty. Inspired by phrases such as “there is no place like home” and “home is where the heart is”,...

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It’s all go in the garden

Posted on: 4th April, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

The rain has finally come but what a glorious dry stretch we have just had. We have made the most of it here with new plastic on tunnel one, which is almost fully restocked. Tunnel two has a secure cover,...

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April in the garden

Posted on: 4th April, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

The time is gone forward to summertime, which gives us an extra hour of gardening time in the evening, something to be taken advantage of to get the garden into shape. Feed trees, shrubs and hedging with a good tree...

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Weeding to make room for new growth

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

The signs of spring are everywhere — sparrows mating, frogs’ spawn, robins pairing up and the early chorus gathering momentum. I do welcome the stretch in the mornings and evenings but it’s crept up all of a sudden. Although we...

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Clonakilty urged to plant a forest and take positive action against climate change

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

On March 13, as part of National Tree Week, Clonakilty residents will have a chance to take positive action against climate change by getting involved in this year’s planting of trees at the new forest by Gullane Lake. Paul Cullen...

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March in the garden

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

As the months move on there is ever-lengthening days and we start to entertain the hope of more sunshine and calmer, brighter days after a winter of incessant wind and rain. Let us hope some balance returns to the weather...

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The tide is turning for self-builders

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Two years ago, I wrote about building your own house with natural materials and without a mortgage. Since then the law, which regulates building control, has changed twice. The first change in March 2014 led to the near extinction of...

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Unsettled summer predicted by New Zealand forecaster

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Ken Ring of www.predictweather.com is author of the Weather Almanac for Ireland for 2016. Here he gives us a look at what to expect for the coming year. The suggestion that strong El Ninos would cause harsh winters for Ireland...

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