Bees do have a smell, you know…

Summer is upon us – clear skies, soaring temperatures, vegetable plants blossoming (or bolting, if you’re unlucky like we have been with our spinach) and the mackerel are starting to come into shore.

What I love most about summer is the bustle. The days are long and there’s so much to do when you’re living rurally, there’s a certain magic to the season, an extra bit of pep. My favourite quote about summer sums it up pretty nicely:

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Inevitable, this extra bustle requires extra effort on my part, so I’m reducing my blog posts to once a fortnight until the hay, animals and vegetables are happy and well. Hopefully, you won’t mind! And just in case, here are a few summery photos to put a smile on your face…

summertime in rural west cork

Taking hay to the island by punt

grow your own cabbage - it's delicious!

Early cabbage – survived the caterpillars (just)

water safety - wear your life jacket!

Always time for fishing if the conditions are right (life jacket not optional)

Shrimp pots, west cork

Make sure your shrimp pots are weighted enough!

Fishing boat, photo taken from the sea

Nice to see the big fishing boats in

Franklyn at sea

And everyone loves a seadog!

red and black moths, west cork

Look out for these gorgeous creatures – a bit extra summer colour

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