Most people who know me usually associate me with Ping Pong. I have been playing and coaching table tennis most of my life a passion I inherited from my dad. But I also inherited a passion for the garden from my mum and as the pendulum of life swings my passion for spending time in my outdoor sanctuary has grown over the last few years.
I turned the first sod on a blank canvas here in the bottom left hand corner of Ireland in the late 80’s. I moved across from the UK and started running an organic small holding away from the hustle and bustle of life in a Thatcherite Britain. I had a few very enjoyable years pursuing all things veggie with a few animals but I got dragged back into the system and found myself with a family that needed more than I could provide from the garden.
That was a good few years ago now and the garden was somewhat neglected but the hedging and wind breaks survived and a couple of years ago I began to spend more and more time weeding and seeding and gradually it has become more and more a part of my life.
Last year I started my first blog, recording a year in the life of a table tennis coach. Now I think it is time to spend a year recording a year in the life of my garden. I am hoping to take my knowledge a bit further and I have signed up for a full time course in horticulture at a nearby college and I intend to use this site to help with the learning process as well as keeping an account for my own interest.
I have no idea if anyone out there will have any interest in my fumbling but it will give me something to do on those rainy days (which are many!) where I can’t get outside. Well here goes 🙂