Well done Cork! Thanks to all!













Well now. If I could choose the very BEST spot for a planting party it would have to be Cork this week. And why?

The people. And I hear the accent and I think, ah, I am at home here.

Well yes. My mother was from Cork, there you are. I spent all my summers at my grandmother’s farm at Castlehyde, (not the great house but the home farm!) running around on the banks of the Blackwater river, roaming the fields, enjoying farm life all summer out in the shade of the spreading majestic trees. (we were quite simply never allowed indoors unless it was mealtime; if it rained we would be under the tree canopy!)

Well a picnic seemed like a really good idea since we were going to be not only tree planting but also Bird Watching on our planting day! I love that cartoon website, “When is it Hometime” ; I think the artist would agree as would many teachers that a second favourite question of growing youngsters is “When is it lunchtime?”. With all that sea air, it is a good question. Not only, lest I forget, were we planting 80 trees but of course we had our RTE crew who were making a film with us.


How lovely then to have some refreshments from Ballymaloe! As a girl I would pick redcurrants, whitecurrants and raspberries at my friend’s farm and we would rush them afterwards over to the restaurant in a wooden car! It was not entirely wooden but it did have a lot of wood in its makeup.  Barm brack and tea, O Connell’s chocolate and Elderflower and Elderberry Cordials were on the menu last week, followed by more goodies…a little of what you fancy does you good.


And then such a tree-t; learning from Paul of Birdwatch about all the birds. Thanks so much Paul to you and all the team at Harper’s Island.


It is great to see the RTE film today and remember our great time back out in the Cork countryside…this time in Cork City! Take a bow everybody! Orla

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