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Where have all the iers gone?

05 March 2018 11:36:34

Where have all the iers gone, long time passing,

Where have all  the iers gone, long time ago

Where have all the iers gone, gone to facebook lots of them

When wil they ever learn . When wil they ever learn?


I will remain with Garden.ie when we deal with gardening.

sallysarah sallysarah 05 March 2018 14:11:38

Dick, I’m Feast or Famine re garden.ie  but was drawn to answer your clever little Journal prose!!!!!  I was actually in the garden this morning  -  cutting back those Clematis that should have been done mid February last.  I also lifted up the daffodil heads that were buried in the snow.  They will bounce back now in the next couple of days .  I can see you’ve still got your sense of humour!!!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 March 2018 15:12:08

Still here myself, Dick. :)

accsean accsean 05 March 2018 19:05:53

Splendidly put Dick, and a tip of the hat to a fine song.

Thaw sé imithe

04 March 2018 19:36:44

This evening I got fed up of the house and went for a walk around the front garden, first along the drive about 60 metres long and then into the lawn, examining the plants. The roses which had been pruned in January looked good. Other plants looked good although the moss has taken over a lot  and needs to be treated.  It was not treated last year. It didn't appear so cold as before. I has taken out a digital thermometer  and put it outside the front door. As I came back I noticed the temperature 11C, not bad. I took a few photos to let people see that it was really clear of snow. This snowfall here in Carlow, was not what others got like in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford and some midland counties. Excuse grass and weeds. The idea of the photos was to show the absence of SNOW. 

fraoch fraoch 04 March 2018 22:32:02

Amazing. Most of it is gone here, but there are still patches here and there.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 05 March 2018 09:53:20

Green is such a beautiful colour....not hard on the eyes at all !

Dick Dick 05 March 2018 23:06:29

When I talk about Carlow here, i mean near the town. I have heard very little about other parts of the county. I presume that around places like Rathvilly and Hacketstown near the Wicklow border, it could be quite different. I live just outside the town.

No Sign of Emma

03 March 2018 14:33:06

We heard so much about Emma but whoever she is she didn't come this way. Carlow, at least this part of the county missed out. While we had a fair bit of snow as it came, it is almost gone here. One may aske here An bhuil an sneachta ag imtheacht? The answer is Thaw I got the car out this morning and the roads were really clear. I tried two shops for bread and while most forms of food were available including Easter eggs which we don't want at the moment, bread was difficult to get. Were they thinking of the Scripture, Not on bread alone doth man live? I did get a loaf although I had part of one at home. A photo taken around mid day shows that we didn't get it so bad. I think of January 1982 when I was house bound for a longer period and more recently in December 2010 when a lot of damage was done to shrubs but this time it was only superficial.

Dick Dick 03 March 2018 14:56:55

Normally I would remove the mopheads from the Hydrangeas on March1 but not for the moment.

fraoch fraoch 03 March 2018 15:59:45

Tá thaw anseo anois! Raining a bit and thawing, but I got to the shop on foot and got wine and oven chips. No papers unfortunately.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 03 March 2018 17:40:38

Still a thick blanket of snow here, Dick. You've been lucky. 

Jackie Jackie 04 March 2018 10:46:24

Wow Dick that’s amazing how you missed the worst of it. But glad you did. It’s Sunday morning now and huge amount of snow still here. Main roads are good but the side roads are very bad. Can’t imagine everyone getting to work tomorrow unless the rain comes today. 

PCON PCON 04 March 2018 12:03:15

Arrived home at 1 a.m. Plenty of snow still around. Flight was2 hours late, but my daughter was waiting for one to Cork which never arrived at all

Dick Dick 04 March 2018 17:10:26

Welcome home Peter. No snow around my house . It was almost gone around mid day. I saw robins, tits, blackbirds, thrushes but no canaries. We left that to you. Hope you enjoyed the good weather

Tomatoes Potted on

01 March 2018 10:16:49

This tomato plant together with 12 others were potted on, on Monday. They are still in the house, inside the bedroom window getting plenty of sunlight as the window faces mainly south. They also are getting plenty of heat due to central heating, the heater being below the window. There is no desire to move them to the greenhouse for a while.  While the seeds were sown in January, it was a bit later this year. As I looked out the same bedroom window, I saw the robin waiting for his breakfast so out I went and he was along to the feeder immediately. I have had several e-mails from nephews and nieces either telling me about their conditions or asking me about mine. Some humorous photos were included.

Scrubber Scrubber 02 March 2018 20:09:25

Great when they keep in touch. That robin is becoming quite demanding! Well done on the toms!

Indoor gardening

28 February 2018 15:50:03

Plenty of snow here, perhaps not as bad as other places. In the afternoon, I took some photos and walked to the front gate where I noticed that the road was in good order. Two teenage lads called to the door to know if I needed anything from the shop. I got a lot of e-mails asking if I was ok. Some showed photos from their place. Seeing what it is like outside, indoor gardening is the thing at least for some days.

fraoch fraoch 28 February 2018 16:52:47

Yes, stay in and warm is the best advice! Even here in Cork there is that much snow.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 February 2018 17:20:27

Nice to see the younger generation making sure you have everything you might need.

DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 28 February 2018 20:13:47

Dick I bet you remember a few good old winters ! I remember one from the 70s with 7-10 ft drifts on road and tractors only means of transport ! - 4 degrees in Tipp by 5pm so tonight should at least double that 

Dick Dick 01 March 2018 09:10:23

Declan, The one I really remember is that in January 1982. I had been at a meeting of the Hurling club. As I came home, there were signs of snow. The following morning, there was plenty of snow on the ground. Snow began to drift and for several days it was impossible to get the car out on the road. The oil in the tank gelled and a few times I poured boiling water on the pipe as the oil would leave the tank so all came right the first few nights. Later it gelled much more so I had to forget about central heating. even when the thaw set in a few more days were required before the central heating was working.

PCON PCON 01 March 2018 09:20:12

 what about 1947 Dick? I am in Lanzarote this week

Dick Dick 01 March 2018 10:25:49

Peter, I have a vague memory of 1947. I know that it was bad at the time. I was 11 then. You did a wise thing to go to the Canaries at a time like this unlike people who go to the hot countries in the summer.

PCON PCON 01 March 2018 10:58:35

I remember that year quite well Dick. Snow started first week in February and lasted until May. I was 14

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 March 2018 17:57:02

Thanks for that memory Peter! I was born in the middle of that 1947 snow - and I was a little 4lb premature baby born in a nursing home so no incubators or any of that stuff! Reckon  I must be tough but I think it explains why I hate being cold so much! My mother had to keep 2 hot-water bottles in the cot with me to keep me from freezing. I understand that was also the "Emergency" when city people couldn't get any fuel unless they had relatives in the country! Stories of gas rationing, the Glimmer Man and wet turf were a big part of my childhood memories!


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