We were 'up north' to pick up some wood cladding from a wood mill that we have dealt with for years in Florence Court, not only is the wood far cheaper than in the south it is mainly Irish grown and properly treated. In the south treated wood is normally just painted with a wood preservative, the wood yard that we use tanalises the wood, which means pressure impregnation of the wood, it last far longer done this way.
As we were 'up north' we thought it would be a good idea to get some paint that we needed, we had been told by a friend how much cheaper it was there, she was right, allowing for the exchange rate paint is half the price than the south. We will certainly be going to the north again next year when we need the paint to do the outside of the cottage, we will need a lot of paint and the saving will be tremendous.
|A work in progress.|
|Scorched earth syndrome, there are far better ways to clear land.|
It is planned the vegetable gardens will provide the vegetables for the Florence Court House restaurant. I hope they don't claim them to be 'Organic!'
The walk through the woods, about half a mile is delightful, huge trees, including the Irish Yew from which all Irish yew trees are said to originate, red squirrels , rabbits
|60ft up, a birds eye view.|
|We just loved this gate made from Ash.|
A small bridge with a lovely little gate crosses the river into the rose garden,
|Florence Court House.|
September gave us just half an inch of rain,
|Plenty of colour still.|
|Rhubarb from March till Oct, can't be bad.|
We are lucky to have an acquaintance who is a champion fisherman, none of his family eat fish so he keeps us well supplied with trout and sometimes salmon,
|Fresh from the lake.|
|Cosmos are still blooming.|