New week: new house

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.



13 Comments on “New week: new house”

  1. Jane Radford
    September 25, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    When we lived near Camolin we had a virgin acre to plant. The soil was stony but very fertile and things grew apace. We made a beautiful garden and after only 2 years we won Wexford Best Large Domestic garden just before we left Ireland. I shal look forward to seeing yours develop.

    • thebikinggardener
      September 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      Well we are not that far away really. I havent put a spade in the soil yet but I think it will be similar – at least it isnt the dreaded macamore. With so much to do on the house I dont think the garden will be done in two years! Well done on your achievement – I am not going to try to compete!

  2. derrickjknight
    September 25, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    The house looks lovely. I’m sure you are up to the work

    • thebikinggardener
      September 25, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      Thank you – if only my bank account was! But we will get there in the end.

  3. thelonggardenpath
    September 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    Looks like it will be wonderful! Hope you’re a decent handyman! What are your plans for the garden? I do hope you’ll share them with us! Or will it evolve with time?

    • thebikinggardener
      September 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank you. I will be sharing the developments as they happen though hedges, some bulbs and apple trees are about all I have planned for the autumn – the house will have to have priority!

  4. sueturner31
    September 26, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    Wow’ve moved to Ireland. I’m afraid I’ve not be keeping up with everyone’s posts lately, so you may have told us all about it already. Good luck in your new home. Sue.

    • thebikinggardener
      September 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      Thank you so much Sue. I had been keeping a bit quiet until I knew it was all confirmed.

  5. offtheedgegardening
    September 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    Happy days in your new home!

  6. Joy
    October 1, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    its GREAT really love it

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