I didn’t post yesterday – it has been a busy weekend. On Saturday I was judging the fruit and veg at a nearby flower show and yesterday I was at the Ballymaloe Garden Festival. This weekend of gardening is now well established and the weather was dry, unlike here in the sunny south east.
There were talks all day, including mine on growing fruit, and the chance to see the walled garden too where lots of veg is grown for the restaurant which is famous for its good food.
On the way back, heading towards the rain again, I did something I have meant to do for the past 30 months I have been here – stop and take a photo of the metal tree beside the N 30 road that links Enniscorthy and New Ross, near Clonroche. The sun was behind me and there were rain clouds ahead and even a washed out rainbow so I decided that this was the time I had to stop.
The tree was installed in 2006. It was designed by Denis O’ Connor and was selected from five designs submitted by artists. The basic oak tree design, 6m high, is made of steel and is enhanced with ‘leaves’ representing objects chosen by pupils of St. Aidan’s National School in Enniscorthy. As you drive through Ireland you will see various public artworks, funded by Local and National Government, installed in the Celtic Tiger years when money was a bit more abundant.
It is easy to say that such objects are a waste of money but they do involve the local community and even the least obviously beautiful do enhance lives. As for this oak tree, I look at it every time I pass it.