It’s a beautiful frosty morning here in the Blackstairs. The bird table is stuffed with a pre -Christmas feast of cooked potatoes, peanuts, a little left over cabbage and a few old mouldy bits of cheese found in the darkest recesses of the fridge. A happy bunch of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal its, a […]
Ten things I loved about The Blackstairs Eco Trail’s Summer School
Autumn has always been my favourite season, with that golden sun that burrows beneath the skin to leave enough glow to last the winter – the same sun that ripens the fruits of the hedgerows and jolts those enigmatic mushrooms into springing forth. Although I […]
We have a couple of workshops coming up in the next few weeks to coincide with Autumn foraging and dare I say it, a Edible Christmas Gifts workshop. Here are the dates for your diary.
October 18th a Find It, Pick it, Cook it, Eat it Workshop
November 15th our Edible Christmas Gifts Workshop.
November 16th a great […]
I had breakfast outside this morning with the sun high overhead in an extraordinarily blue sky. Fresh strawberries from the garden, warm brown bread from the oven and a big pot of tea! Bliss. Yes I’m trying to whet your appetite for our Summer School.
We have a great line up of speakers- see details on […]
We have been working away here in the Blackstairs on a very exciting project. The first Wild Food Summer School which we believe is a first in Ireland. In August we will have three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks and on the final day a Tapas style Sunday lunch of foraged food […]
An information day on this incredible pilgrimage route.
Next Saturday we are hosting our inaugural Walk the Camino Day. Lots of people who walk with us are interested in walking the Camino and have asked us for tips and advice, so we decided to share out experience of walking the incredible road to Santiago de Compostela. […]
South Co. Carlow is looking magnifcent this morning. Sun high in the sky, birds singing, blossom everywhere and our small county is basking in the very best of spring days..
I was in Powerscourt last Saturday givng a talk on Herbs and their great medicinal powers and their uses in cooking. Some of the guests were […]
I am often out with a group and someone always says “What’s that?” They might point at the sky and see a bird flying overhead or look down and see the marvellous intricacies of a beautiful Dog Violet. When you walk slowly and observe what is happening in the great outdoors small and beautiful sights […]
Today I am off to Mount Juliet in Co. Kilkenny, with a group of chefs to show them the delights of foraging on the lovely Mount Juliet Estate on the banks of the Nore. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and we are going to really enjoy ourselves down in the woods, along […]
We are almost there! After five months of begining our barn renovation with a brilliant bunch of builders and a great architect, the end is in sight! We can now really see what our beautiful building will finally look like. I know a lot more about insulation, first fix electrics, plumbing and tanking( making sure […]