This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 14 January 2011

Water water everywhere...

I had six burst pipes over the holidays (boo hoo) so most of my spare time has been cleaning and clearing (four rooms plus hallway affected). The big dehydrating machines are on as I blog. All is under control and I'm lucky compared to the horrible floods happening in Australia.
Did you know...
BBC Newsline reports that December 2010 in Northern Ireland was:
  • the coldest December on record
  • the average temperature was -0.6C
  • the first sub-zero month since 1963
  • the sunniest December on record.
Looking forward to getting out into the garden soon!


  1. How is it I have this feeling that we're going to get a drought this Summer???
    I like your photo of the flowing water. Capturing movement on photo is difficult.
    Hope you had some good home insurance to help with repairs and cleanup!

  2. I do hope the clean up and repairs are going along nicely and soon things will be back to normal. Such a shame, but like you said, it could have been worse. I hope your weather stays moderate now!!

  3. Life is never simple is it? Keep mopping, Kellie.

  4. Sorry to hear about the burst pipes. What a mess. I am sure our winter here will go down as the driest. Cold, but dry. Hope you dry out. cheers. ann

  5. I know that Northern Ireland has had it bad this year. How awful to have so much damage, I hope the clean up operation is going well.

  6. My goodness you poor thing, I can't believe the bad luck! I love your background photo, goodness I'd like to go for a walk up that hill.

  7. I've left you an award on my blog. Don't feel under any pressure to accept it if you don't wish to do so, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog.