Thursday Doors


On a cloudy day in Limerick, these bright red and blue doors on an imposing stone building caught my eye. Handsome doors, patriotic flags, lovely window boxes and welcoming entry planters – all good things for this tourist. ☘


Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, October 20, 2016


“Limerick is the capital of Ireland’s Mid-West region with an urban and hinterland population of over 200,000 and is noted for its shopping, its dining and entertainment, its historical significance, as well as its contributions to the arts.

Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this bustling modern city has a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets.

Limerick has something to offer everybody thanks to its many cultural, historical, architectural, sporting, shopping and business activities. With almost 50 per cent of Limerick’s population under the age of 30, it is a vibrant, living, cosmopolitan city. 

The County of Limerick is a place of rural charm and great beauty, with a gently undulating landscape that varies from the mountains of Ballyhoura in the Golden Vale to the Shannon Estuary.”

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Wordless Wednesday


My kind of weapon – Waterford Crystal. The only thing it can hurt is your wallet.

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New England

To borrow from Mr. Rogers – it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


This photo was taken yesterday at the reservoir that provides water for Portsmouth. The fall color is stunning, but there is no water going over the spillway because we are still under severe drought conditions.

I’ve been composting annuals, deadheading, dividing and moving perennials and shrubs, and incorporating compost into the veggie beds.

I also worked several days on a new duck house. I’m the gofer, holder, and painter. I do love to paint. This was definitely a DIY/repurposing project since we took down a tree fort my husband built the grandkids and included those materials in the construction. There are six resident ducks, and they seem to be pretty happy with their new home.

Saturday we held our first fall MG plant potting party. I dug up buckets of perennials and along with nine other MGs, we potted up 312 plants in three hours. They are being over wintered at a member ‘s house who has 15 acres. He dug trenches, the plants were put in, soil added on all sides, and then they will be covered. We’re hoping the plants will be well established and bigger for the 2017 plant sale.

Two gardeners brought me gifts. Did you ever wonder what one gardener gives to another? I received a fresh butternut squash and Jack in the Pulpit seeds, and I smiled all the way home.

Before I headed home, I stopped by McKenzie’s Farm and bought some fresh apple cider cinnamon donuts and macoun apples. I must confess that one of those donuts didn’t make it home and was eaten warm  while I headed down the road. Ah, fall, it is a wonderful time of year especially before I have to start raking.

This week I’ll take in the potting tables, bird baths, and other things that need to be stored in the barn and not left out under feet of snow.

Next Saturday, I’ll spend the day in Concord at the MG Fall Conference. Rick Darke will be discussing Layering, Designing, and Maintaining the Living Landscape,  Elizabeth Farnsworth will talk about climate change and the effect on plant life here, and Chris Schadler will tell us about the Eastern Coyote in New England. My pulse is quickening already.

How’s this mid week in October looking for you? 🍁

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Thursday Doors

I’d like to share the doors of Strokestown Park, The Irish National Famine Museum, County Roscommon, West Ireland.

There were castle doors from 1740,


lovely garden gates,


and an intriguing garden door at the end of a gorgeous covered walk.


If touring Ireland, I’d highly recommend this stop.

For instance, did you know that prior to the potato famine from 1845-1860, the average adult person in Ireland ate 7-14 pounds of potatoes every day?

Or that those who fled Ireland for America travelled on what they called a coffin ship that had a 30+% mortality rate before it arrived?

While some who stayed in Ireland and tried to feed their family built stone walls for 1¢ a day which bought one loaf of bread for an entire family to eat?

There are a lot of amazing and humbling facts to learn when you tour Ireland.


“Strokestown Park House is an 18th Century mansion which has been faithfully restored. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings and professionally guided tours allow visitors to experience Georgian Ireland in its purist form. The beautifully restored six acre Georgian walled garden complex gives a unique insight into horticultural practices and garden architecture from the 1740s to the present day.

The Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine. ” 

Mr. Soyer’s soup recipe for feeding the Irish poor laborers at the Ariana Mines, County Roscommon.


Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, 10/13/16.

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Fall color

I hope and pray that all the people in the path of Hurricane Matthew are safe and sound, but we were thrilled to have rain for an entire day yesterday. Many locals have seen their wells run dry, and they are in desperate need of rain so they do not have to incur the time and expense to drill a new one.

New Hampshire leads the nation in tree cover, and this past three-day weekend was one of the busiest on our highways. They estimated over 600,000 visitors will pass through the state to check out the fall color – leaf peepers. 🍁


I wondered how the fall color might be affected by our drought conditions, but the color seems to be quite vivid.

CranberryCakeIt is also the perfect time of year to enjoy fresh cranberries. I found a very simple but delicious little cake, New England Cranberry Duff, that only takes a few minutes and can actually be used with any type of berry if cranberries are not your favorite.

My gardens are pretty much asleep except for a few annuals that haven’t fallen victim to the frost. I have a few more hours of clean up and moving plants left for this week along with helping to finish up a duck house for the six new farm residents.

I made a couple of simple pumpkin table toppers last week.Pumpkin Good practice for the coming months. High on my list of winter projects is converting a couple of warm window coverings to roman shades. If you know of any good videos or tutorials, please share.

Here’s wishing you sunny skies, good leaf peeping, delicious eating and a good work week or time to enjoy your hobbies.   🍁

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Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

Ireland Swan

When we visited the Irish National Stud, a thoroughbred horse breeding facility, in County Kildare, Ireland, we were surprised by gorgeous Japanese gardens as well as handsome studs.

This garden was created in 1999 for the millennium in honor of St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners.

It celebrates the beautiful Irish landscape in its natural state with water and rock both providing a wonderful backdrop for a handsome swan.

The Irish National Stud farm and the Japanese gardens continue to be one of the top twenty attractions in Ireland.

Don’t forget to check out other H2O submissions.


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Wordless Wednesday 10/05/16

Ireland mural

Stone wall mural across from St. John’s Castle, Limerick, Ireland

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