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The Sodcast – Episode 15

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


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 14 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

To answer a query that arose mid week….? Yes I do do small gardens. In fact I’m generally extremely content as long as I am in a garden 😉

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A long story, but there were no blog posts this week….

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courtesy of Mr McGuinness – Bord Bia ? How many of your videos are on my or any weblog ?

The Sodcast – Episode 14

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 subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 13 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Fancy a little bit of fancy in your great outdoors….? You can contact me on….

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An Introduction to Shawna Coronado

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This Weeks Oddities:

via @bbcscitech Tree diseases ‘on the rise’ in UK http://bbc.in/9QwXvB
Courtesy @SimonPRepublic and @colmtobin
It’d be a sad day for our democracy if you weren’t allowed dump a tin of paint over a woman digging a hole in a field.

EuropaBio tells me  Crop World 2010: Support growing for GMs in Europe http://ow.ly/34g6P

From last Saturdays The Irish Times Weekend magazine, Jane Powers article is well worth a read. It’s on says Jane
urban hedges, and I manage to slip in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band too http://bit.ly/db3CT3

Via @ScienceGallery Green (war) Machines: US navy completes successful test on boat powered by algae http://ow.ly/30IBw

And Finally:

The Sodcast – Episode 13

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 subscribe/ listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 12 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Thanks to Repak recycling – who sponsored the sodcast for the month of October.

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Davy Mac Donald is a legend – nice news coming soon.

Speaking of which, I tidied up the homepage for my landscaping website. I think it looks better…?

Jane Powers noted : Bad news for Monsanto here: http://bit.ly/146vL8 and here: http://bit.ly/diwGeN But will anyone pay any attention? Jane is most probably right you know. I wrote this post on Weedol and Scotts – check out all the comments 😉

@antonmannering Anton Mannering says You get what you pay for… http://post.ly/17kyC

This Weeks Oddities:

I wrote this post about Sonairte and pumpkins last year and I also wrote this post on Sonairte itself. Halloween on the horizon – this is what they have this year….

On Saturday 30th October, between 11am-1pm, Deirdre Rogers visits the centre for a workshop of Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Festive Crafts. This workshop is suitable for all the family, and all participants should bring a glass jam jar which, with Deirdre’s help, will be turned into a scary Halloween direction.

On Sunday 31st of October Sonairte will host its Halloween Family Fun Day. This event, which includes our regular Food and Craft Fair, will feature lots of games, fancy dress competition, zombie hunt, pumpkin bowling, scary stories and loads more.

Visit The Sonairte Website – for more details

Say no to topped trees – I agree.

Jason Roe had his BTW meet up last week. I’m now thinking I should do Movember. I also wanted to say thanks to Jason. A bit like the garden group, Jason does it free gratis and for the craic. I like that. It’s not always about the money….. right ? 😉 That reminds me, Open Coffee Drogheda is on soon. Good girl Mary.

Thanks to Stephen O’Leary – I now know Movember has an Anthem

And Finally:

one of the worst jokes I have ever heard….. 😀 Still made me laugh.

The advantages of audio and the internet. I listened to this whilst typing this post. The advantages of knowing Paul O’Mahony. I have noted those two places for my next visit there. Paul is right about the ducks 😉

The Sodcast – Episode 10

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 subscribe listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 9 of the garden podcast ?

First Up:

Visit the Repak recycle Week 2010 blog

It’s about time I mention myself in all this and….. I do of course make gardens amazing [no matter the budget]. If you are in need of that extra bit of [green outdoors derived] smile to your day – you can of course contact me on:

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This Weeks Oddities:

via @DiscoverIreland and @VisitDublin Dublin can trace its origins back over 1000 years.Why not visit one of the many historic sites http://bit.ly/bwN8KA

Kiltrea Bridge Pottery in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford have their pot sale on where you will find huge reductions on all their pots. They are Irish made and all hand thrown with mostly Irish clay; a little bit of British clay thrown in – just to make the Irish clay work better I’m told. The dates are 2010 are 16th – 30th October 10am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 24th October 2 – 5pm

  • 2011 RHS show tickets (inc Chelsea) are now on sale. 2010’s sold amazingly so book early is recommended

Had a late lunch today and walked back through Stephens green .. nice to see so many people out on the grass in the sun! – Jason Roe

The Irish Garden Plant Society Annual Plant Sale 2010

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And Finally:

From the lovely people at @WalksIreland

I noticed that their twitter page links to Walks Around Britain and asked them why? I got this reply. Great to see the interaction and also the logic.

@DoneganGardens Because we’re working on our Ireland site atm – as soon as we have something worth while to show you, we’ll change it over.

On that note…. I love the video below. Directions, video of where to park, the mapped routes…. makes life so much easier. Well done lads. 😉

The Sodcast Guests – Jane Powers

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

Listen to this Sodcast episode in MP3 – or – 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 9 of the garden podcast ?

Introducing Jane Powers

I met with Jane today, Tuesday 5th October in her back garden in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

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Over a mug of coffee we had a sort of chat between two gardeners kind of a conversation about how, why and just where it all began.

Jane is a garden writer and photographer living in Ireland and writes the weekly gardening column in The Irish Times Magazine also contributing to various other publications in Ireland and the UK. At present she is working on two gardening books. The first, The Living Garden: a place that works with nature, will be published next spring by Frances Lincoln.

Jane is the second guest for the sodcast, the garden podcast.

I find personally, that to get an insight into the behind the scenes of a person, speaker, writer and in this case the fellow garden lover that is Jane makes such a huge difference to…. even just reading Saturdays article over again.

Jane will be a regular contributor on the Podcast and you can tune in this Thursday to hear my first conversation with her. Details of how to are at the top of this weblog post. You can also visit the sodcast – podcast page on iTunes

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If you listened to the Audio, you’ll really enjoy this…. It made me smile 😉

J. F. Powers Winner of the 1963 FICTION AWARD for MORTE D’URBAN

National Book Awards Acceptance Speeches:

Among my several children there is a little girl, Jane, age four. The other day she came to me with a piece of paper, a manuscript, her own, and I pretended to see words and sentences in her mock handwriting — with which she takes great pains. “Once upon a time,” I began. “Long, long ago.” After that, there was a moment when I didn’t know where I was, but I was relaxed about it, and soon I was reading along, going on about a bear and a dragon who had got into a hell of an argument over which one should be the one to step aside and let the other pass. Jane was absolutely hooked. And why not? A good, strong story line, dialogue, description, and characterization — all excellent. But I was beginning to wonder, as the story got better and better, how it would all end. To wonder, yes, and to worry. “And the bear opened his big red mouth,” I read, “and the dragon opened his big red mouth” — and right there I came to the bottom of the page, I looked to see if the story was continued on the other side, but it wasn’t. Silently I returned the manuscript to the author. She had a stunned look. “Wait,” she said, and pulling herself together, rushed off to write some more.

There, in that little scene, I can see the power and the glory of the storyteller — and the responsibility evaded. “The man of letters,” Allen Tate has said, “must recreate for his age the image of man, and he must propagate standards by which other men may test that image, and distinguish the false from the true.” This, of course, is easier said than done, but this should be the writer’s work, always the end in view. Even the ignorant man, if he is an artist, can reach beyond himself. He has the power, in Henry James’ words, “to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it.” This is the writer’s power and glory. But not without responsibility, and this, for the writer, as writer, artist, means responsibility to his craft and therefore to his readers.

When Jane returned with her manuscript, I said, “Oh, yes. Well, the bear opened his big red mouth, yes, again, and the dragon opened his big read mouth, again, and — and they ate each other up!”

Jane, I could see, didn’t care for this at all, and didn’t properly understand it. “That was a dumb story,” she said, but not so much to me as to herself. She was blaming herself.

“No, Jane. That was a very good story,” I said, and that, in fact, was how I felt about the story.

And that is how I feel about my novel Morte D’Urban, too, but I want to thank the judges, Elizabeth Hardwick, Harry Levin, and Gore Vidal for honoring the book and me as they have.