A Story of Rain

Anywhere there’s a dip in the land of our homefarm, there’s a puddle temptingly waiting to be waded through by duck or welly boot.dsc_0020-2

The earth around us has reached its maximum water holding capacity and is now overflowing in many areas.


This happens quickly on the island in relentless rainfall because the soil is shallow and just a few feet below, if not a few inches, are masses of solid limestone.DSC_0018 (2).JPG

We’ve already had almost two inches of rain this month and more continues to fall.

We’re fortunate that the island slopes towards the ocean so the water can travel down through the stones and across the land to eventually become part of the sea.

Here and there throughout the island, pools can be found where the running water collects to create a melodic feature that can be harvested by way of gravity feed to supply cows or even a fresh flowing duck pond.

There are even a couple wee puddles developing inside the polytunnel from rainwater travelling through the soil and under the plastic.

This past December and January were both especially mild, springlike months. February and March have progressively worsened to become more our typical winter weather. Thankfully we were productive during the fair weather days and can now put our attention to inside projects. Two things are certain–the sunshine always returns and wishing time away until it does is foolish. We might as well just enjoy the rain, maybe even splash in a few puddles.


    • Oh my, that’s mighty cold! Gee whiz, you must all walk about looking like puffy polar bears, all wrapped up. It’s probably a dry cold is it? The static electricity kind? That’s how it was in Maine, but not even close to that extreme cold. Hang in there and thanks for showing me how much worse we could have it right now–I have veg growing despite the rain; eye on the prize!!


  1. Back down to cold temps here, Melissa. Sally has mentioned ( she is in Kerry ) the severe rain you are getting. Do many seeds get washed away in areas you’ve planted or are you planting just in the hoop at the moment? Hope warm and sunny days find their way to the island soon!

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  2. sailimo says:

    Hi. Great pictures again. I am in the same boat, of course. It’s the cold that bothers me most, a mild spring rain would be nice, but these temperatures are horrible, at this time of year. So what to do? I have to go out into it this weekend and cut willow, cause I need it for my workshop. Postponed too long. And Monday. ….on my way to Loch na Fooey to spend a delightful week making baskets, learning more and more from Joe Hogan. There be turf in the fire, good company and no distractions. The weather will not bother us much. Have fun in the puddles. Mo

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    • A sunny reprieve was gifted to you if you had a weekend like we did! Foul weather was predicted for the most part, but we had only about 50% rain and hail, with a fine smattering of sun. Still very cold though. Crazy that we are looking at 5 degrees now and it was 12 all December and January.

      So you bring your own willow to the workshops? Very cool. How wonderful it must be to be learning from the best in the nation! Stay warm and dry my darling.


      • sailimo says:

        Yes the weather gods had pity. Sun came out for cutting willow. This is for my own workshop on the 11th: living willow structure. At Joe’s I will be working with the willow he has. I just had to prepare for next Saturday before leaving as I will have little time for it when I return. I am looking forward to my retreat!


  3. “Two things are certain–the sunshine always returns and wishing time away until it does is foolish.” This is a fantastic quotation. These really are words to live by, both literally in your case here, and metaphorically.

    Thank you for the awesome post!

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  4. susurrus says:

    I’d love to see a picture of the family wellies! It’s nice that you see the rain as a natural, positive force. When I am over in the US, I sometimes find it hard to walk along because I’m so transfixed by their blue skies. I want to stand and look up at the trees and see how their buds and branches look against the sky. I wish we had a few more blue sky days on this side of the ocean!

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