fake, plastic trees

By Radiohead from 1995. I used to play it busking in Waterford when I was studying horticulture. Little did I realise the song title would become a reality and memories of busking could cheer me up [?!]. A derivitive of oil & in this day an age. Still, appropriate *and* a great song. The opening lines… !

yo! [sushi] water… ? in ireland



I’m not a massive fan of mass fast foods. I like my planet and I try to be good. But I found a place in Swords called YO! SUSHI [North Co. Dublin] that doesn’t sell water in a plastic bottle! Something I refuse to do. I want it in an earth friendly recyclable glass – from a tap.

I remember the ‘Ballygowan Man’ on rte years ago saying that he was going to sell water in a bottle… and people laughed! It wasn’t plastic at the time and in those days way back you returned your milk bottles.

MY POINT? The Green Party are trying to reduce the amount this country sends to landfill… well here’s [part] of your solution. Give me water in a glass and reuse it.

They also want to encourage people to use locally sourced food well aparantly the YO! swords lads do that too from the fish lads in Howth – just up the road. Not bad for a food chain. I say bualadh bos! By the way the staff are really excellent [and friendly], the food tastes of real food and I whilst I don’t watch my weight I know I’ll stay my size after eating there. Gone be the days of fish every Friday for a family eight Irish kids in the 1980’s! When Wham and The A Team where really cool.

Anyhow anywhere I can eat well that does our environment proud deserves recognition.

artificial gardening

real gardens...

real gardens...

This article was published by the farmers journal early august 07 which I [peter donegan] wrote as a result of my mild sense of humour. It turns out I know the guy through a friend and he now has a copy of the article hanging in his bathroom. It turns out his father spotted it and not so much recognised the name but moreso the picture of the garden! Everybody was happy.

  • Garden n 1 brit an area of land usually next to a house, for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables. 2 Also: gardens a cultivated area of land open to the public: Kensington Gardens. 3 lead someone up the garden path Informal to mislead or deceive someone
  • Green adj 1 of a colour between yellow and blue; of the colour of grass. 2 covered with grass, plants, or trees: green fields. 3 of or concerned with the conservation and improvement of the environment
  • Joke n 1 something that is said or done to amuse people. 2 someone or something that is ridiculous: the countries inexperienced leaders are regarded as something of a joke

Collins Dictionary [fourth edition paperback 1999]

This has to be the oddest article I have ever written and I have really struggled to find myself in what is usually a free flowing movement of the mind from the heart to my weekly FJ piece. The reason I feel this way is that usually I understand the message I wish to convey and hope that you the reader will enjoy the end result as I did and that somewhere through this journey of life you will find that my piece by reading or realising has made you or someone else smile. Sometime ago I wrote a piece about a customer who threatened legal action against a contractor because he had asked for a ‘no maintenance garden’. Naturally and of course this was not given to by the contractor. It was sometime later in another article that I wrote ‘no maintenance is only achievable through Mr Macadam’s ingenious invention, or concrete’. I was wrong. I could not believe my eyes when this photograph was emailed to me. It could not be a ‘green’ space and it definitely could not be a ‘garden’. I did not know what to call it by any definition. As a last resort I found one that I believed suited and Collins Dictionaries have thrown in an extra added cliché for an extra added smile. Enjoy!