Sometimes we take for granted the most lovely things that are on our own doorstep and we don’t take time to visit them so today I decided to be a tourist and walk the Gleann Loop and then visit Fiona Mac Lachlann’s Mara Island Heritage Farm. I was very much in luck because Fiona was just about to go about feeding the animals. First we went off to see the pigs Mela and Madhu, with their family of very cute and well fed banbhs (piglets).
Cape Clear Island is one of those places that is so lovely that it seems to inspire creativity and Marianne Ross is one of a vibrant community of creators residing on Cape. Marianne’s work is informed by the striking beauty of the wild Atlantic sea-scape that is ever changing. Marianne creates handcrafted items for children and adults that really are Made in Cape Clear.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing' he went on dreamily: 'messing -- in -- boats; messing”
― Kenneth Grahame
Great stuff happening in the garden this June, elder flowers are abundant and I would like to share a lovely recipe given to me by two lovely German ladies, Theresa and Eva who stayed with us recently. They were surprised to see the elder growing here and it reminded them of their childhood in the countryside where they would often eat cooked elder flowers with ice-cream and I can say that they are delicious! They called them Holund I’m sure someone will correct the spelling!
The recipe is so easy…