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Dandelion – A “Self-Contained Pharmacy”

Dandelion, Taraxacum Officinale, is a common spring flower that can be seen everywhere at the moment, on meadows and lawns, in hedgerows and fields and even growing through tarmac.  There are over 1000 species of Dandelion in Europe alone, with 250 different plants in the British Isles.  The Dandelion can also be found in the Read More

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Waste Not, Want Not

Many, many years ago in pre-famine Ireland, the peasants  did not own their homes and rented their cottages as  tenants.  The dunghil, a pile of household, human and animal waste was outside the dwelling.   Social commentators at the time criticised the Irish peasants for piling up all their waste,  thinking they must be slovenly and dirty not Read More

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Happy New Year from An Bhean Feasa

We are still celebrating Yule here in Connemara.  Yule is also the season of the Winter Solstice and it celebrates the dark half of the year relinquishing its hold to the light half.  Each morning after the solstice on 21/22 December the sun rises a little earlier and stays visible a little longer, giving us Read More