Originally this was supposed to be a part of the garden podcast – episode 23 but I honestly became so intrigued by this one that I decided to make it an entirely seperate post and seperated the audio out of it.
Whilst I purchased The ‘globo’ variety, the varieties that Jane recommends are
If anyone else is interested in doing this as a sort of onlinecommunaltogether sort of way….. let me know and lets see if we can have a bit of craic together.
Updates on how I and we get on will follow shortly.
The weather outside is absolutely freezing… it has been for some time now and today the snow fell in Ballyboughal heavy enough to concern me. With that in mind I had reckoned I should do a post on some things frost[y] related.
In what I can only describe as a sincerely very welcome press release [and I get a lot…] …it’s especially for you guys and it’s all about birds. Got an apartment, balcony, a billion acres of garden or not then read on.
As you can gather the weather is causing havoc for a lot of of our wild birds such as the sparrow, the thrush and the Goldfinch and BirdWatch Ireland [I had mentioned the Bird Watch boys previously] are on a mission to encourage people to put out food for the birds that visit their gardens. According to Oran O Sullivan [this is the press realease bit…. 😉 ]
Cooked household scraps as well as peanuts and mixed seed all provide a vital source of energy for garden birds, particularly important as daylight hours are short and frozen ground affects garden birds ability to hunt for prey items. Remember to keep feeding regularly through the winter months, putting out food in early morning. It is also important to provide fresh water as many normal water sources are frozen over.
I myself like to buy a big bag of feed [both types] nuts and seed. The seed is so the little ‘uns get something [the bigger birds cant get their beaks through the gauze].
When I was growing up we always left out some stale bread and water milk for them… but then I have two dogs and four hens…. not really enough waste to around I guess 😉
Anyhow… it’s good fun and depending on what you put outside for them… it’s also free.
I had written some time ago a list of ten things you did not know about me. But recently I was reading the weblog of Eolai Gan Fheile and found he had done 101 which I found so much more interesting…. I realised I should do something a little more indepth.
I have 4 sisters and 3 brothers
My Mothers father [my ‘Pop’] was a furrier by trade
When I was 6 years old he told me he blew up Hitler with a grenade
He was a pioneer [never drank] for life
My father has been in the wine trade all of his life
My Mother was only 2lbs in weight when she was born. ‘Thats 2 bags of sugar…’
I wasn’t allowed go to a disco until I was 14.
My first home was in Leixlip.
In one year in school I played on the following teams table tennis, hurling, rugby and athletics. I also played gaelic football.
I had to write an essay about myself in 6th class. My Mother made me write that I was unique as the closing line. The teacher wrote after this ‘how very very true…’
I had an action man who eyes used to move. His eyes looked dirty so I cleaned them with bleach. This removed the blue and looked quite scary. So I cut off his fingers with a pliers.
He refused to marry my sisters barbie. That caused an argument.
I have not taken a summer holiday since I started horticultural college at the age of 17
I still call my younger sister Jackie ‘snotser’
I used to wear camouflage clothes and crawl around the garden thinking nobody could see me.
The first seeds I ever grew were radish. I was 4
The first bulb I ever grew was a hyacinth. It cost 17 pence. I was 5
The first cuttings I ever took were geraniums. I was 11
I used to own a grifter [bike]
I thought myself how to play guitar when I was 14. I still play
I once busked on Grafton Street and made £1.74 – one pound of that was in sterling
My Dads Dad [my grandfather] was in the special branch
I never met my Dads Mom [my grandmother]
I was born on March 2nd 1976
When I was ‘small’ my favourite snooker player was Terry Griffiths. My brothers was Steve Davis
I used to cut grass for pocket money
I was in the cubs and the scouts.
Me and my brother disassembled a Bastille Day rocket bought for my oldest brother and set it alight on the window ledge. As we closed the window the curtain netting got caught outside and burnt. We fixed it with white thread and tipp ex.
I am God Father to my best friends [John & Siobhán] child
I have two dogs. Whitey – who is black; and sparky who is not very intelligent
I take a size 13 shoe
My first car was a Citroen AX 1.1. It cost £2,000. The insurance cost £2,119. I was 22.
I owned an MGB GT for 8 years. I sold it for €1 this year. It was previously owned by a man called Jack Taylor.
The first house I bought was a one bedroom dormer bungalow in Balbriggan.
Because there are so many children in my family… when we were being called for dinner each name was shortened to one syllable. Peter became Pee. Which is what my close friends call me.
My Dad once told me he’d cut my fingers off. In fairness I did take most of his tools apart…. to see how they worked. I now know he was joking.
When I was 8 my brother Fran told me that the only way to get hairy arms like my Dad was not to wear a jumper and that my body would grow hair to keep me warm. I think it worked.
I once ate an entire Vienetta ice cream cake in one day. My older brother and sister got the blame. The week before I had been given Sunday ice cream in a bowl that previously had ham in it. I don’t like salty ice cream to this day.
My Grandmother had false teeth. I still think she can hear me when I speak about her.
She bought me a key ring that said ‘worlds best gardener’ on it. I was 9.I still have it.
When I was younger I wanted to be a stand up comedian. My teacher in school told me: ‘stand up and everybody laugh at you’.
My favourite team is Arsenal. I once wrote to David O’ Leary. But he never wrote back. I hope he reads this.
The first country abroad I was ever in was France. Carnac to be exact.
My family used to have a caravan in Arklow. We lost the key to it and used to have hoosh my brother through the bedroom window.
I don’t like horror films. I do like funny ones. My favourite are The Marx Brothers.
I used to have long hair. It goes curly when it get long.
Once I went to sleep in the back of a neighbours truck. I have also slept in a hedge. The hedge is warmer. It was a griselinia.
The most dinners I have ever eaten in one day is 8. I was in Clonmel.
The first song I ever thought myself to play on guitar was The Rolling Stones Paint it Black
The first Band I ever saw in concert was The Hothouse Flowers
The first [vinyl] record single I ever bought was George Harrison. The first vinyl album was David Bowie ‘The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
3 of my sisters are originally red heads. When I don’t shave I get a tiny blotch of approximately 1″ square of red come through my beard
I have never bought myself aftershave
I have never asked a girl to dance.
In my leaving cert mock German exams I got 19% intentionally. I had a German girlfriend at the time
In the April – May of my first year in business it rained for 5 weeks solid. I was living in a rented room. It was the first time I had cried in a long time.
For the craic once, I went into a police station and asked for a big mac and large fries
I went to electric picnic this year only on the Sunday. Apart from the clothes I was wearing I only brought €150, a roll of toilet paper and a roll of sellotape. I slept in a plastic bag.
I used to write Jake on my knuckles in black marker.
The most times I ever watched the blues brothers in one sitting was 12
The last time I was in a fight I was 14.
When I was 6 my Dad gave me his old briefcase to use as a school bag. One morning I put mine in the place where his was. He arrived at my school to exchange shortly after.
I once used a bin lid as a frisbee and threw it through the kitchen window. My brother was meant to catch it.
I was sent to bed for a week when I was 7 for letting the hand brake off my Moms Citroen 2cv. It rolled out of the drive way and hit the pillar on the far side of the road with me in it.
I was thrown out of piano lessons after 2 years. We didn’t own a piano.
After reading the Random Acts of Kindness book I bought everyone in the café on Westmoreland Street coffee and a cookie anonymously.
I do not wear pyjamas.
I am afraid of flying. But I still do.
I ran the womens mini marathon 2 years ago under the pseudonym of Petra Donegan
I used to have an Italian girlfriend called Petra when I was 15. We broke up after 3 weeks when she returned home.
I still turn the first middle cigarette of every box upside down for good luck. I have only not done this once when I was 14. I got caught with cigarettes by my Mom that day.
I still bang my right elbow after I bang my left by accident. My sister also told me this was for good luck. Now after I bang my right elbow, by accident, I bang my left twice and then my right once more. She told me this one when I was 8.
The most donuts I ever ate in one go was 25.
I want to grow my hair long again.
I prefer red wine to white
My favourite drink is Guinness
I have only owned 3 pairs of black shoes since I was 20
When I moved to Scotland, Aberdeen [Stonehaven]. I decided on a Wednesday. I had nowhere to live. I had never been there before. I moved there on the Friday. I had a job organised but nothing else. I found home on the second day in an apartment over The Queens Hotel.
When I lived in London my address was Clonmel Road, London. It’s near the seven sisters tube station. I had just left Clonmel Co Tipperary.
I don’t mind wearing odd socks.
I once smoked pot pourri to take the smell of cigarettes off my breath.
I think all politicians should be made have a real job as mandatory before they are allowed get elected.
I own a mandolin, 6 guitars, a tin whistle, a harmonica and 3 sets of bongos.
I have never received social welfare as an individual or a grant in any format as a business
I like to close my eyes when it rains softly so it tickles my tongue
I did a business plan when I was 19 for a garden centre with a coffee shop. The bank manager told me if I got rid of the coffee shop part [he thought the idea ridiculous] he’d loan me the money.
I would like to be a member of the band The Riptide Movement
I still speak in Irish. [As Gaeilge]. My name in Irish is Peadar O Donagáin.
I used to have a weekly column in the farmers journal newspaper.
I don’t like beans on my breakfast.
I prefer coffee over tea. I like it when its made from real coffee beans. But I hate watery coffee. I like watery tea.
When I first moved house [from Leixlip] I wondered the next morning how the beds moved too. I also wondered when we were going back to our real home. My Dad told me this today.
My favourite fruits are grapes and bananas
The Beatles poster now framed in my living room has been in every home I have ever lived in since I was 17.
I only have 3 chairs at my kitchen table. One of them is odd. They used to be my parents. The kitchen table used to be my sisters.
I like art. I like art that I start to day dream at when I look at it. I have only ever bought one painting. I bought this in the Dominican Republic.
I think I’d be a great Dad. I haven’t really spent much time thinking about it though.
I was extra in the film ‘A Tigers Tale’. I have never seen it. I never told anyone. My friends said they saw me in it.
I like to sing in the shower.
I need a new maximum minimum thermometer. I bought my first one when I was 19
My eyes are blue.
If you really read all of that, consider seeing a therapist.
For the record there is no significance in the order, and they do not include the things I regard as the most important.
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