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

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Happy St Patrick's day

Happy St Patrick's Day! It's a beautiful day today in N. Ireland.

To celebrate St Paddy's I'm showcasing some Irish cottages and gardens... (click on photos to enlarge)
Above: Irish bog pony photo taken in County Kerry.
Cottage photos taken in County Kerry.
Herbaceous flower border photos taken in County Antrim.

Lastly, what would St Paddy's be without some traditional Irish bread so I made traditional wheaten bread this morning ...
The flour mix contains white flour and a course wheaten flour (picutred).
 Later today the Irish stew will be cooking.
Have a great day!


  1. Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit - Happy St. Patrick's day !!

  2. Happy St. Patrick's day! Love those thatched roofs! And that pony - adorable! Mmmmm, enjoy your bread!

  3. Happy St patricks day of course you know he was Welsh

  4. This post is the best! I love the beautiful little cottages and the flowers are so pretty. Your wheaten bread looks Yummy! Enjoy your stew tonight! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Everyone in the U.S., I think, is wearing green today!

  5. A veritable cultural feast / feast of culture! It's my birthday tomorrow - if I had been born a day earlier, I would probably have been called Patrick instead of Mark...

  6. Happy belated St. Patrick's Day. Hope you enjoyed your stew, the bread looks delicious.

  7. Dear Kelli,
    Congratulations with still St. Patrick's day. We don't celebrate that in the Netherlands, but it is nice to read about it here.
    Your pictures of the cottages and flowers are very beautiful, that of the pony very sweet.
    Enjoy yours homemade bread.
    Kind regards and a nice weekend, Elly

  8. Good point Cathy, St Patrick wasn't from Ireland at all. Apparently while he was here he drove all the snakes out of Ireland (& we've still no snakes) so he truly was a saint! Every St Patrick's day hundreds of people climb Slemish Mountain where St Patrick worked as a shepherd.

  9. Hi Kelli, the cottage photos are lovely, I would happpily live in the one with the yellow half door!
    We had great weather down here for the day.I think St Patrick's day is always a turning point in the weather for some reason, it was definitely milder yesterday and today!

  10. Found your blog via Slow Growing in Scotland and what a delight it is! The cottage photos are really a delightful sight for this yank in the Pacific Northwest. I really enjoyed your post :) Cheers, Jenni