The inquisitive hen.

may day 070

Another shower

a run for cover

cold coffee to be continued in the shelter of the glass house

and then its over

the sun strikes the first apple blossom

I pick up the wet handled shovel and turn another sod

make another lazy bed*

hay while the sun shines.

* a lazybed is a traditional way of planting spuds particularly in the west of ireland where the soil was very thin above the rock. It is an ingenious affaire, starting on a patch of grass, then marking out with a spade the length and width of your bed with cuts from the shovel. The length depends on the size of your plot but the width is important. manure or seaweed is then placed down the center directly on the grass and your potatoes zigzagged on top of the manure. then you lift the sod from both sides and cover the…

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