Yes, we’ve had a few days with a touch of winter. We’re not really into winter here in Ireland; we don’t have the dramatic changes of season experienced in countries further north or in central Europe; it’s not something we want to experience but it is a good source of grumbling material, something to complain about.
This autumn and winter have been remarkably wet – and this is in Ireland where rain is normal – and our garden is like a quagmire. Gardening has been impossible for the past while as even walking on the grass does damage. I have pruned the roses and have in mind to prune the espalier-trained apple trees as I badly need to reduce the number of spurs – for the last few years I have had an abundance of apples but all have been small, so less apples but of a bigger size is the hope.
This last week has given us a touch of winter cold, a few nights of frost and lingering cold days. Our garden faces north and when frost hits it is inclined to linger with the grass remaining white all through the day, the snowdrops lying flat on the ground and a little shiver of worry enters the gardener’s mind that they, and others, may not recover. Nature is resilient however, and all will be well. We are not inclined to grow many plants which might be considered border-line hardy as experience in our garden has taught us that they will not last with us and we are happy to grow those plants which are happy with us and with our conditions.
Frosty nights generally lead to bright and sunny days and we have taken advantage of these to get back into our walking routine again – my Christmas flu has continued to sinus and throat infections and had kept me inactive for the past weeks. Yesterday, we have a 10Km walk on the Waterford Greenway and today we had an 8Km stretch near Dungarvan. However, hopefully, we will soon be spending more time in the garden – though there is an ambition, might even be regarded as a New Year’s resolution, to walk the entire Waterford Greenway, all 45Km, section by section.