Monday, August 29, 2016

Pleasant sail

Had a wee sail today and came back through the  Cruinniú na mBád and instantly regretted not taking my decent camera with me but here are some shots of The Bád Mór (big boats) ranges in length from 10.5 to 13.5 metres (35 to 44 feet). The smaller Leathbhád (half boat) is about 10 metres (28 feet) in length. 
Both the Bád Mór and Leathbhád were decked forward of the mast. These boats were used to carry turf to be used as fuel across Galway Bay from Connemara and County Mayo to the Aran Islands and the Burren. The boats often brought limestone on the return journeys, to neutralise the acid soils of Connemara and Mayo. The Gleoiteog ranges in length from 7 to 9 metres (24 to 28 feet) and has the same sails and rigging as the larger boats. They were used for fishing and carrying cargo. Another boat, the Púcán, is similar in size to the Gleoiteog but has a lug mainsail and a foresail. 
Excuse the quality of the photos I only had my phone with me.

Lovely to see the resurgence of traditional boats in this region. I was going to go out and take photos of the regatta earlier in the month but it was cancelled for the fourth year out of five due to inclement weather so it was a surprise to see them today.

Taking my shore rod on holidays with me to see I I can catch my Mum a few cuddies of the rocks in Luing, I have my favourite spots from when I was a kid and used to fish a lot of the shore when there wasn't a boat to be out on. 

I'm driving up on Thursday and will leave here about 0630 and arrive sometime before 2200 with two ferry crossings its a bit of a hike but I am looking forward to getting away. Should get down to making myself a list of things I need, like chainsaws and wellies.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sea Horse joins the carvings

The newest carving on the front lawn

Booked my ferry berth to drive up to Luing on Sept 1st am taking the Ford this time as it is a bit better on fuel and has four seats, the Subaru had to be converted to a 2 seater to be classified as a commercial and save €2000 a year in road tax.

We have had a nice couple of days since the Pikies abandoned summer early this year and all headed off. Lots of Rowan berries on the trees and I have my fingers crossed  for an Indian Summer since we missed the conventional one. Actually May was really nice.

Friday, June 24, 2016

This weeks creative side

Well the weather wasnt great this week but we got a few wee creative bits and bobs done, made a seagull for the wharf a Japanese style bird feeder type thingie and some bird boxes.

Not so much colour about the place just now a sort of lull in my planting plan anyway there are some French Marigolds and cornflowers about.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Louis bridge

Well this week has been spent constructing a sort of jetty onto my pond as another feature in the garden, it has turned out well. Louis is my French Helpx helper this couple of weeks he is cycling the Wild Atlantic Way the length of Ireland and this is a stop off for him

Lake Maquire is at an all time low as we have had very little rain but there is rain on the forecast for Sunday so that might fill her up again. I have to get round to clearing some lilly pads as they are covering the whole pond near enough.

We also got the yacht doors replaced with one we constructed from marine ply.

Monday, June 13, 2016

To Hell or Connaught

Oliver Cromwell spent nine months here in Ireland quelling the Irish resistance to English rule and I don't think they were really impressed with Connaught hence the phrase coined in those days "The Irish can go to Hell or Connaught" My dogs are quite happy.

Trying to upload a video I took earlier at the beach down the road. One guy in swimming who is hardier than me by about 5C I managed a paddle up to that tender spot just above the knee that communicates well with the brain "Are you mad"

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Recent websites

Just finished a website for a local bus company its at foley bus hire they do executive chauffeured car and mini bus hire too. It is very difficult to get good search placement if the webpage is lacking content and my customer had heard somewhere you can pay Google €20 a month and get listed at the top of results, this of course is bull what he had been told about was PPC ( pay per click) advertising on Google. You could quite easily pay  €20 or €200 or €2000 a day PPC and if it is not geographically targeted properly or if the ad does not take the clicker to a page where they can buy or book your service or if you make the search terms to broad you may as well just burn your cash in a large barque pit. When I told him this he is away to look for more content so I can include that on the pages.

Another one finished recently is at and this next week I have Aran Goats cheese and hopefully a website makeover for a local artist 

I still haven't got business cards for clprint or my car sign written but hey this is Connemara and its only been 6 weeks or so. 

Got some Halibut for dinner so I have a recipe for pan frying it with a potato crust, with asparagus broad beans and a cider cream sauce. Should be tasty.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place." George Washington Caver

I wondered who had coined the phrase "A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place"and it turns out to have been George Washington Carver who was  an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864. I was born in January 1962 so about one hundred years after him not into slavery but the rate my grass is growing it feels a wee bit like it.
Anyway here are some of my weeds and some of my cherished plants in bloom today.

 The Laburnum is in full bloom and it turns out I have two of these trees one had not been producing flowers up until this year maybe due to its position but with a lot of the tall softwoods removed it has sprung into life :)

 Wild Roses here are a bit of a weed but they have a nice wee rose.

 My favorite coloured Roddy

 Lupins are excelling this year maybe due to the mild winter some of them have in excess of 12 flower spikes this yellow and blue on is my favorite at the moment.