May in Photos

We’ve found shrews…but so did the kittens. Rescue missions in place!

Our mini veg garden is growing (onions, lettuce, courgettes, runner beans, French beans, corn, leeks, sprouts)

The tunnel is pretty impressive too…

…with good strong flowers on our tomatoes

We launched our punt (& had a few spins)

Spotted orchids on Long Island (West Cork)

Baking (for pleasure and book research)

Three types of jellyfish spotted

Picnic time!

Some impressive sunsets

February in pictures…

As requested, here’s the last month’s round-up of activities in photo format. As a writer trying to be as self-sufficient as possible, I found that even though February was a short month, there was still plenty to do and lots of variety. Enjoy!

Submitted to the Bryan MacMahon Competition

Designed & built an ideas board

Cleaned the tunnel & all our pots

Planted seeds (cabbage, sprouts, tomatoes, chillis & peppers)

Wrestled with live scallops

Swapped to homemade bread

Trained on Social Media in Galway Arts Centre

As you can see, I’ve been busy. However, I don’t want this to be a one-way stream. Everyone leads an interesting life, whether they realise it or not, and I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

What surprises did February 2012 bring you?

2012 so far…

Rural living is amazing. But it’s also random. It needs a lot of organisation, a nonchalant attitude towards the weather and often, plenty of hard work. But – combined with writing, it’s my haven. And here’s some photos from my year so far to prove it!

Planning our mini veg garden

Making sure there's fuel

Dressing up as a soldier (Edinburgh)

Writing in the painted hall (Greenwich)

Pickling the last of 2011's beetroot crop

Digging the tiny veg plots

Writing in fields (Guisborough)

Making my husband upside-down

I was going to do these posts on a 3-monthly basis but – it seems there’s so much going on, I could make it a monthly thing. Or even weekly.

What do you think? Would you like to see more? And how often?