potatoes-aran-islandsIts that time of year after our first major storm ‘Rachel’ (#StormRachel) which did not cause as much damage as last year but did bring lots of seaweed to the shores. Already farmers are making ridges ‘ lazy beds’ and the Co-op have posted signs for ordering seed potatoes in varieties that makes ones mouth water with the thoughts of new potatoes with mint and fresh country butter.

It is such a joy to see that this traditional way of cultivation is still alive as when it was so excellently captured by Bill Doyle (link). A true sign that spring is in the air already is that one can see the daffodils putting their heads up, galanthus (snow drops) and Hellebore bringing some brightness to the landscape and noticeable stretch in the evenings.