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The Sodcast – Episode 3

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or – as always you can subscribe or/ and listen to the podcast via iTunes.

Alternatively you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 2 of the garden podcast ?

On The Garden Blog This Week:

Photographs For The Podcast:

This Weeks Oddities:

Ever Been To:

This is the view from where I have been working all week. What you actually see is Irelands Eye…. Stunning! If you were to look to the left you would see Howth Marina. Go there. Worth it!

 

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Whats On:

National Heritage Week – August 21st – 29th

heritage week @ sonairte in Co. Meath

  • 1pm         Walk & Talk: Sonairte’s history & architecture with Luk van Doorslaer
  • 2pm         Walk & Talk: Heritage fruit’n’veg with Horticulturalist Laura Turner
  • 2.30         Nature Scavenger Hunt & kids activities with Botanist Emma Reeves
  • 3pm         Storytelling: Local Folklore &Tales of the Past with Margaret Downey
  • 4pm         Medieval Monastic Gardens, Digging up the Evidence with author & Archaeologist Geraldine Stout

With that in mind…. I got this email in from Dermot Quinn of the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society

In conjunction with the World Etchells Sailing Championships, being held in Howth Yacht Club, August 23-28, the Society is presenting a lecture for the visitors and other interested parties. This will take place on Tuesday August 24th, at 8 p.m. in the Howth Angling Centre (by kind permission). Diarmuid O Cathasaigh will speak on ‘Aspects of Howth’.
All are most welcome.
Dermot also passed this onto me:

We have pleasure in sending you details of our series of lunchtime lectures Mapping Urban Ireland which accompanies our exhibition of historical maps of Irish cities and towns, 3 August 2010 until 20 May 2011.

These free lectures take place on Tuesdays in the Meeting Room, Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Lectures commence at 1.05 p.m. No booking is required. Further details available on www.ria.ie.

  • 24 AugustComparing urban Ireland with maps:  the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Sarah Gearty (RIA, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project)
  • 7 SeptemberMapping towns in the Ulster Plantation Annaleigh Margey (University of Aberdeen / Trinity College Dublin)
  • 21 SeptemberJohn Rocque’s Irish city maps:  Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Armagh John Montague (RIA, Art and Architecture of Ireland Project)
  • 5 October: “Thirty-four minutes, twenty seconds west of London”, Limerick:  provincial city of maps Jennifer Moore (RIA, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project / University of Limerick)

10 Green Questions With Comedian Paddy Courtney

I met with Paddy Courtney in Portmarnock recently. Anything for the great outdoors is always my attitude and when I realised I could ask Paddy my 10 new green questions and also have a giggle at the same time I was all for it.

The other reality is that I really like what 7up are doing in the context of the great outdoors. Makes me want to make my own list…. either or you have to admit it’s encouraging in the context of get outside and have a laugh😉 Here’s the deal…

Basically 7Up Free have gotten Paddy Courtney, to head out on a Roadtrip to uncover 7 things you have to do before the summer is out; it’s like a Bucket List for a summer in Ireland. Paddy’s going to be trying out everything from wakeboarding to surfing, from horse riding to abseiling, if it’s fun, he’s trying it.

They are also running competitions on the site over the next few weeks to win all sorts of prizes including a deluxe BBQ with a performance by Paddy in your house, Polaroid Pogos and cocktail shakers.  All you have to do is go onto the 7up website and submit your story. They are also on Facebook.

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Building Your Own Bar-B-Q

bbq hand made

I bought this ‘barbequick‘ bbq last year. Quick? hmmmm… €20. In December. Bargain. Left it in the shed.

my very first barbeque...

When the sun came out I built it. Did it end up looking like the image above…? not on your nelly… 😉 But for good reason….

If you do fancy building your own barbeque – here’s how.

Stone type:

  • i tried to get the same brick sizes as per the instructions – but – free bricks are much nicer
  • i wanted a ‘looks like its been there for a while…’ kinda finish – it’s also the greatest excuse if you’re not the best brick layer in the world
  • don’t use concrete blocks unless you are going to plaster the walls

Location:

  • decide where you want it. This is built from stone. Solid stuff. It hasn’t got wheels. So be darned sure it is exactly where you want it.
  • Keep it well away from walls… smoke? black? and more important timber fences… fire?
  • not right beside the patio – smoke/ guests eyes; flames & grannys new hair do

How I built mine:

  • I picked my spot.
  • Took the measurements from the instructions and layed a foundation about 4″ deep – to finish just below ground level. Left it for a few weeks day or three…

Materials:

  • 300 no. brick
  • 2 no. bags cement
  • 1 no. bag of gravel
  • 3 no. bags of sand
  • washing up liquid [substitute for mortisiser – bonds the cement better]
  • some paving slabs for the base – for you to stand on

Tools:

  • spirit level – a good long one
  • a block splitter ‘or’ a good bolster chizel and a mallet
  • a trowel
  • a wheel barrow to mix cement in

Conundrums:

  • I measured the foundation from the instructions but that was based on ‘their’ brick sizes. Mine were smaller & I needed a lot more than they suggested.
  • The clips to support the grill are ‘only’ to suit that size of block. They obviously wouldn’t fit ‘my’ barbeque.
  • I also wanted an extra, adjoining counter to the side for plates and food so I had a bit more to do.

Don’t Forget:

  • To stick a few long screws into the cement while laying to hang your implements on
  • Measure twice and cut once rule

My thoughts:

It will take about 2 days to complete. And there is nothing more rewarding than sitting back with a cup of coffee looking at a wall that you built. Sincerely. Especially if you are a man…. 😆

If one was to pay to get it built….? In my opinion, it would be cheaper to go and buy one. To approximate the costs briefly; if the bricks costs €1 each; multiplied by 300 bricks – One is already at €300 before it gets built….?

That said, I didn’t want a gas barbeque. I wanted one that I could say in years to come… that ‘I remember building that…’ I also have the ability to barter eggs for materials and so apart from my time – this really didn’t cost me whole lot.