January 4, 2010 - 10 comments

Harvest Cook Eat

In December 2008 Mr. Silent and myself became the proud tenants of a little piece of land in County Meath, Ireland.

I'm not sure there was a specific reason for our desire to commit to some madness and a lot of pleasure, but  a combination of being more in touch with nature and growing our own vegetables could  have contributed to the decision.

Our lack of experience has resulted in a year where my skin started turning purple in June, after overdosing in beetroot, food poisoned by Jurassic Park sized courgettes (zucchinis) and eating spinach everyday for 4 or 5 months.. (Popeye would be proud)

I hope this year will result in a smarter harvest and I have to thank Helen James who has been my 911 call when I'm not sure if things are edible or not... I have a feeling our conversations will be even more frequent this year...

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View of our allotment on the 1st of January 2010

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Nature's creatures helping themselves to their share of the deal...




Our little helper is unaffected by freezing temperatures or snow..



Published by: eilisboyle in Allotment, Current Affairs, Food and Drink, My Work, Photography


Jane Flanagan
January 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Absolutely stunning images! Robins make me so happy. And your little helper is a dote!

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Silent Storyteller
January 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Thank you Jane…I’m not sure how they came out focused my hands were shaking from the cold…..

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pretty far west
January 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

That’s ever so charming, and I hope it brings you a good crop this year. I vote for gooseberry bushes.

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Silent Storyteller
January 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm

thank you Mise, I hope to plant as many bushes, of the berry family I can possibly afford…will keep you all posted!!!

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helen james
January 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

So funny I had started a post about our new spot of land but children and a looming deadline to leave for a lunch appointment meant it was left ‘saved’ for another day, must be the new year itch to get out to the soil. Beautiful images, You had an amazing year especially for someone who had never turned earth before. Proof that there really is nothing to it, you stick stuff in, some of it grows some of it doesn’t!!!! x x x

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Mrs O'Connell
January 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Good luck with this years crop Eilis! Love the photos, all frosty and clean.

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January 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pictures. XXX

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January 5, 2010 at 3:23 am

What lovely pictures. Nicely done. Good luck with the veggie growing this year. I had no idea too much beetroot could have that effect!

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Silent Storyteller
January 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thank you…

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January 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Love the pictures of the flowers! There’s a purity to it. =)

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