Monday, June 23, 2014

June 2014

As we prepare to leave our patch and go to our daughter Kate's' Graduation in Cambridge, I thought we should give you a glimpse of the last few weeks here at Turnip House. It's been amazing!

mists and mountains

happy workers on the new wet  felt room

a welcome visit from the Fire service- for tea and cake thankfully!

in the magnificent tipi at Lackan Farm

poly tunnels abundant with growth at Lackan Farm


in the vegetable gardens

amazing creativity at a felt workshop

Happy feltmakers

new born swallows - picture taken under licence from NIEA

Delphiniums, mountains, amazing

true blues

Eleanor and Charlie - chilling out!

Summer evening
at Newcastle Playgroup Graduation

Moth in the grass

Solstice Sundown

Happy Hen Party

Beautiful paintings in the Gallery

after the Solstice party

the best view from a toilet!

Charlie on his lawn

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Lackan Cottage Farm

Not far from here there is an amazing place.

Steve and Claire at Lackan Cottage Farm near Ballyroney are on a wonderful journey, rejuvenating an abandoned smallholding in the heart of the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, creating a permaculture smallholding, low impact home and Eco teaching centre. 

We went down with Eleanor this morning. It is a delight and inspiration! 

You can get involved and help too, by supporting with the build of the eco classroom - for you help you will be well rewarded!

find out here:

Hear are some pictures from today:

beautifully green


inside the tipi

the tipi 

polytunnels, abundant growing spaces


inside the large polytunnel

fruit in the polytunnell already

straight from the plant!

great recycled milk cartons!

outside - Artichoke

abundant veg garden

artichoke onions and garlic

a glimpse of Lackan Cottage

The Tipi

The Fire Pit

ever present - the Mournes

wild flowers on the compost toilet

International 'free / vacant' symbol!

eco built

heritage domestic architecure - wonderful

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Last Days of May

We've had a busy time of it, with our lovely Eleanor brightening up the days, and a visit from James and Lauren to plan their wedding here next year, exciting times, and firemen too!

A visit form the Mourne Mini Club

Little beauties!

"I'll just take this one"

red sunset and rainbow - a rare sight here

Interesting Skies

buttercups and hawthorn in full bloom


sheep - our new neighbours

the garden by the workshop

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assistants enjoying the new wetroom 'adjustments'

opening things out

on the way to Inch Abbey for lunch

lunch amongst the stones

look what I found in the car park!

We had the NI Fire Service visit for Tea and Cake - here's the team!