Well, it has taken many months of waiting and worrying but finally the house purchase is complete (I think). The new house is a dormer, east of Enniscorthy on a raised site that slopes to the southwest. There are lots of compromises and the plot is slightly smaller than I had hoped but we liked the house as soon as we saw it. Basically built in a field, it is, at present, at the ‘first fix’ stage, a phrase that now fills me with dread. The good part is that we don’t have to remove old bathrooms or kitchens – the down side is that there is no water or electricity! But the well bore is drilled and power is not too far away. It just means there is lots to do.
And when the planting starts and I get rid of some grass things will be easier but at the moment, cutting the long grass is slow going… (the long grass hid part of the letters!) Suddenly the garden (3/4 acre) is massive!
There are sheep for neighbours and views of Mount Leinster and Vinegar Hill if you stand in the right spot. It will be interesting making a garden that makes the most of the surrounding views. As for soil, I haven’t even put a spade in the ground yet but it should at least be well drained. Time will tell if it is acid or not but there is bracken in the hedge and knotweed (not Japanese) in the ‘lawn’ so I am expecting it to be acid.
I won’t be concentrating on the garden quite yet – though some trees, daffs and hedges will go in this winter – there is a lot to do inside!
Sunday Puzzler Sept 24 Solution
How did you get on with the puzzle yesterday? Hopefully you identified the plants. They were:
This gives you A E L R A V E D
Rearrange these and get De Valera – (Eamon) who was President from 1959- 1973. He was born in New York and birth certificates (sic) show he was first called George and then Edward. He was a commander in the 2016 Easter rising and was court martialled and sentenced to death – he was the only commander who escaped being executed. He died in 1975.