It’s somewhere around about a few months ago that I was supposed to do one big whopper of a post highlighting all of the great things I did over the last 12 months. A review of my year that was 2013 so to speak. I didn’t. And I’m not going to do one of them. Not this year. No apparent reason. I just couldn’t be arsed. Not, not arsed. I just don’t feel like it. The damn things take three days or so to write anyway. Read more
I very honestly don’t believe I’ll ever win a shiny thing for this blog. That’s not some tale of woe played to a backdrop of violin soundings. More, it’s always been there, there abouts since I started writing it way back in 2007.
The thing is this landscaping blog really isn’t a blog, for blogging sake. It’s more what I do that is related to the business that is Peter Donegan the horticulturist, great outdoors lover etc and/ or Donegan Landscaping and the gardens I make. And I think it’s better for all concerned I stick to what I am best at.
In short, if I am busy outside, or there’s been snow for an elongated period of time, I may not or indeed I may have some time to put some notes and images up here.
Nonetheless, it is very much an honour to be noted up there with the very best of them. And it did make me smile. I like smiling. 😀 And thanks you for reading. And for being very lovely.
Official quote on making the final cut:
Always great to make the Irish squad
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.
The entire list of companies for ‘technology for a gardener’ is/will be here.
This is piece #9. This is Silicon Republic.
Silicon republic in my eyes like a who’s who sort of what’s what online publication of anything technical related. It is the Reuters of the techie industry so to speak. If there was ever anything I wanted to use, buy or try…. this is where I search first. Put very simply, if it ever had a 3 pin plug stuck to it or its not an abacus…. you’ll find it first at Silicon Republic.
With an average of over 81,000 unique visitors and 150,000 page views a month this is what they say:
Siliconrepublic.com is Ireland’s leading website for IT and business decision makers. Along with its sister publications, Knowledge Ireland, e-Thursday and Digital Ireland, Siliconrepublic.com provides a critical forum for decision makers that rely on our individual mix of news, views, comment and analysis to stay informed of strategic tech industry developments and to ensure their company is making the right business and technology decisions.
Thursday 26th February [yes a while ago now…] 2009 saw Silicon Republic writer Marie Boran review The Donegan Landscaping website/ blog. A long with 3 others here’s what she had to say:
This week we take a look at some of the best business blogs from around the country. Being an internet-savvy businessperson doesn’t just mean visibility for your product or service – it also means engaging with customers and potential customers in a way that grows trust for you and your brand.
While the aforementioned blogs are good examples of tech-related firms connecting through their blogs, it’s vital to see other sectors get involved.
With his gardening blog, Peter Donegan is a well-known personality on the Irish blogging scene. He says he’s no “techie genius”, yet his dedication to an online audience proves that even the tech-shy should embrace this medium for their business.
you can read the full review at the Gadget Republic Website or at the irish independent blog digest. Three other blogs were reviewed and well worth a visit. They were Niall Larkins Blog, eWrite by Gordon Murray and Jason Roes Blog.
What more can I say…. go take a look for yourself and let me know what you think.
céad. níl mo gaeilge go hana mhaith ar fad… ach nur a léim an píosa seo as Damian agus Concubhar Ó Liatháin as iGaelige, bhím spreagach píosa [beagání] as gaeilge a scríobh. Tá sé Lá Fheile Phádraig ach tá sé Lá Gaeilge freisin.
Dúirt Concubhar ar mulley.net
Ná bí buartha. Tá tú san áit cheart. Is é seo blag Damien Mulley ach, ar mhaithe le h-achainí speisialta, tá cuireadh tugtha aige dom Concubhar Ó Liatháin, údar iGaeilge, cuireadh a thabhairt do bhlagadóirí i ngach áit páirt a ghlacadh i Lá na Gaeilge a bheidh ag titim amach ar Lá Fhéile Phádraig.
agus dúirt sé…
Ní ghlacfaidh sé ach cúpla noiméad ach tabharfar faoi ndeara é – agus cá bhfios ach go dtabharfaidh na meáin traidisiúnta súntas do. Níl aon chostas ar a leitheid de bheart ach d’fhéadfadh sé an oiread – nó níos mó – a bhaint amach is atá deontais is maorláthas thar na glúintí.
Bhuel, scríobh mé ar mo blog faoi rudaí as na gardín, faoi an taobh amuigh, agus rudaí acraíocht choigeartaithe agus tírdhreachú… Nílim abálta piosa as gaeilge a scríobh? mar níl an blog seo ‘blog gaeilge’. Tá an blog seo blog tirdhreachú; faoi na rámhaille as Peadar O’ Donagáin? Ach tá an lá seo Lá Fhéile Phádraig *agus* anois Lá Gaeilge.
So… Ba mhaith liom cúpla focail a scríobh. Cúpla focail as gaeilge. Cúpla focail, rudaí a táim abálta a úsaid in aghaidh an lae. I mo lae agus i mo lae as Peadar O’ Donagáin agus deich focail [beidir nath cainte?] as Peadar O’ Donagáin Tírdhreachú Teoranta. Beidir ceacht beaganí as gaeilge. 😆
- Lá Fhéile Phádraig – St Patricks Day
- Dia Dhuit – hello
- Slán – bye
- Ba mhaith liom pionta – i’d like a pint
- Go raibh míle maith agat – Thanks
- Céad míle fáilte – you’re very welcome
- Ceol agus craic – music and craic
- Tá ocras orm anois – i’m hungry now
- An bhfuil cead agam dioch ? – can I have a drink
- Cad a tharla mo tobac? – what happened my cigarettes
- Gardín -garden
- Bláth – flower
- Tírdhreachú – landscaping
- Peadar O’ Donagáin – Peter Donegan
- Uisce – water
- Glas – green
- Acraíocht choigeartaithe – horticulture
- Taobh amuigh – outdoors
- Crann – tree
- Amadáin – eejit
Go raibh míle maith le Feidhlim O’ Cahan as Iced Coffee le na pictúir dheas 🙂
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