It isn't often an auctioneer gets to handle the sale of 'the home place' and when it happens it can represent a tug of war between the heart and the head. Galway auctioneer Michael Mullery is selling the house and farm where he grew up at Newtown, Abbeyknockmoy in Co Galway. The residential farm extending to 33.5ac is on the private treaty market with a guide of €450,000.
It was a week of two halves. Anyone keeping an eye on public life in the country was certainly taken to the heights of history as the two post-Civil War factions set aside their differences and joined a coalition government.
A 187ac dairy farm at Kilmurray near Trim in Co Meath on the market earlier in the year is now set for auction late in July. The residential holding with a state-of-the-art dairy operation is guided at €2m while the dairy herd and the entitlements will be sold separately.
My track record in the garden is a litany of failed attempts. That was until now. Under the strict direction of my current consort I took an active part in developing what has proven to be a successful and, if I may say so, eye-catching wildflower garden.
I am a slow reader. I like to attribute this to the fact that I write for a living and so I value every word. Others might have a different explanation, but I am sticking to my theory and was relieved recently when a writer I regard highly admitted to me that he too is a slow reader
These days carry a mixture of hope and uncertainty. The lifting of restrictions brings the immediate hope that light is piercing the darkness, even if it is a temporary thing marking a mere interval. Nevertheless it is hope.
I'm longing for the road. Before the virus struck, these early summer mornings would find me at the front door, travel mug and car keys in hand, my satchel over my shoulder ready to cross the country and walk a few parcels of ground.
The crows woke me this morning. The din of the creatures outside the house was such that I feared a full-scale battle was in progress on the lawn. When I eventually got up and opened the window they took off, cawing rapaciously as they went.
I come by books and books come by me. One that arrived in the post some time ago came from a dear friend and I eventually got around to reading it last week. What a treat: Wild Irish Women - extraordinary lives from history by Marian Broderick is a gem.
The dog and I used to have the house to ourselves. But since every Tom, Dee and Harriet was ordered to take up their laptops and commandeer the ends of their kitchen tables, those days of solitude have dimmed into the social distance.
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