AUTUMN LEAVES AND KILLEENA HOUSE

This morning, a most beautiful autumn morning, saw the Womens group in Skibbereen make the drive to Killeena House on the road to Baltimore, for a discussion on Womens Health. The discussion took in such items as, some of the laws that were still prevalent in Ireland during the 20th century, laws that viewed women like a chattel. But I won’t go into that here. Killeena House is a most beautiful place and goes back quite a few decades, it is lying in lovely wooded gardens. I loved the drive there, and made these photos in the gardens.  Quite a few of the trees are Chestnut and this autumn there are giving an amazing show.
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STEWED PEARS ON A WET SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Today was a day for the fire and inside activities. After reading half the morning (lazily in bed). I shot into action. As Sunday usually is a no-cooking day, I decided to do something with the half bottle of left over red wine, and the conference pears I bought, so using warming spices like Cinnamon, Cloves and Ginger, I made it into a delicious treat. That and a bowl of nourishing homemade soup, and the kitchen could be closed 🙂
During the afternoon I finished my sewing project, that is now almost ready to be wrapped up. The little bed just needs a lick of paint and then it’s ready. It has been good.
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RECYCLING WITH CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN MIND

With presents on my mind, I came across this cute little dolls bed today at the farmers market in town. Since I have a two year old granddaughter I thought it a great idea to take on the project of making something of this item. It cost me no more than €3 ($3.75) or just over £2, a real bargain. Of course it is not new, it’s a recycled item. I got rather excited about it and started straight away with making a mattras, pillow, quilt and quilt cover, tomorrow I’ll make the sheets and pillow case. It’s funny as my daughter had been thinking of getting her a doll – this all for Christmas. It’s been a very fulfilling day and I can just see my granddaughter have great fun with it. 🙂 and it got me sewing again!
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PONDERINGS

“THE EARTH LAUGHS IN FLOWERS.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I WILL BE THE GLADDEST THING UNDER THE SUN!

I WILL TOUCH A HUNDRED FLOWERS AND NOT PICK ONE”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Two of the flowers that made my garden extra lovely during last summer ~

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HARVESTING AND HERBAL CONCOCTIONS

Catching up with some of the harvest activities was fun today and very necessary too.  Some weeks ago I harvested Calendula flowers from the garden to cover with a good quality oil, put it on a sunny window sill for 6 weeks and then my oil is ready, it is now. The next step is to make a salve out of the oil with the use of Beeswax. This salve is very healing and useful for all sorts of skin problems or hurts. I will be making this in the next few days, my first time ever. Exciting!

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Chamomile oil brewing now in the same way as the Calendula oil, that will also be made in a salve.

And the plenty of lovely Nettles growing around here have been dried also and will be used to add to soups, broths, or make into a tea.  Full of minerals and natural.  There is so much to harvest, all wild growing things.

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All along there have been huge Poppies growing in the garden, self seeding and plentiful.  This year I have kept most of the seeds and have 75gr which I will have to share out as I don’t want to waste it of course, the flowers are so beautiful and grow easy.  .I’m not sure if the seeds could be used in baking as the type of Poppy they come from is a cultivated one, not even sure now how it came to grow in the garden many years ago.

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Coriander seeds and Dandelion leaves drying for use during the winter months.