|Rowan berries. (Native).|
|Wild Golden rod.(Native)|
|Purple loosestrife.( Native)|
|Mountain Ash (Rowan)|
|Reed mace. (Native)|
In the last week we have found an excuse to visit Co. Sligo not once but twice,the first time to collect seaweed for next year fertility and the second visit was to one of Sligo's open gardens. This was a garden that we had missed last year and is the far side of Sligo on the Leitrim boarder. However, although well set out the garden has an air of neglect about it, it felt as though it's owner had lost interest, at this time of year when gardens are full of colour this garden was sadly lacking. However it was not a wasted visit, the gardens was close to 'The Crafters Basket' a great craft shop that caters for most needle crafts, it even stock pure wool, something that's hard to find nowadays. I had planned on re-doing an antique chair seat in tapestry or cross stitch but got somewhat side-lined by one of the shops owners, she introduced me to Bargello or Florentine stitch, so I have now decided to make a cushion cover using the Bargello method. It should keep me occupied for a few weeks during the winter.
Sligo has several ranges of mountains,
|Chop up the marrow into sugar cube size|
|Chop up 100gms of blanched and peeled ginger. Put in pan with marrow and sugar, equal amount of sugar to marrow, juice and zest of two lemons for every two pounds of marrow. leave overnight, then cook as normal jam.|
|Seven pots of various sizes marrow and ginger jam.|
|Butterflies love the Phlox.|
|Heleniums and Japanese Anemones.|
|Echinacea and Bergamot.|
|Cardoon, butterflies love this as well.|
My experiment with the runner beans did very little to improve them, so I have given up any idea of preserving them. Fortunately a couple of our egg customers like runner beans and don't grow them so we are able to more or less keep up with the glut, we have also found that our rabbits like them so not too many will be wasted.
|Just a handful of French beans.|
The Cape Gooseberries are now ripening, we have had our first taste, and they should keep us going through to January.
Finally a couple of shots of contented sheep and cattle, who wouldn't be content with lovely views and the beach just a few feet away.
|She looks content.|
|The sheep were very curious, but posed for a photo shoot.|