Lughnasadh is the name given to the Irish harvest festival and in fact is the Irish word for August. Many years ago The Ban Chéile* and I decided to rename the cottage in the country Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-na-sa) for a number of reasons – 1) We didn’t like the name it came with “St. Jude’s”, 2) It was a major fixer upper and at times it seemed like “lunacy” to try (get it?) and 3) we planned to spend our Autumn years there when we retire. The name stuck, but only in our heads. The name on the gate stayed and a lot of work took place over the intervening years, but Lughnasadh remained the name for the final product rather than the current cottage.
Operation Lughnasadh got underway for real at the start of last autumn when we finally decided to future proof the site by replacing each of the raised wooden vegetable beds and pebbled paths around the cottage with a concrete version.
Gasp! I know that seems counterintuitive given the fact we want to ‘return to nature’ and grow organic vegetables and garden plants, but we also had to be realistic about our ability to maintain the site as we get older and the new setup will allow us to do that.
Over the coming months (and years) I intend posting articles recording our work and the progress we make. No doubt we will do as we always do and change things as we go along, but I’m confident that we’ll get there in the end. The photos in this post are of the flower bed at the back of the house in the ‘middle’ phase before the concrete was poured.
* Ban-Cheile means Wife/Spouse/Life Partner in the Irish Language. A literal translation would be “woman I’m together with” or thereabouts. GUC = Grown Up Child 🙂