Posts Tagged ‘Carnsore Point’

HARVESTING WIND TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON – 1st wk in January 2015

The Christmas break gave us a chance to take a couple a bracing walks around this  corner of Co. Wexford. Looking out of our front window is Lady’s Island Lake and beyond that the iconic sight of the Carnsore Point wind farm. It is heartening to see the elegant blades of these 14 Vestas turbines turning peacefully with their 12 MW capacity. To think, this is the same site which was earmarked for a nuclear power station in the 1970’s.

Part of the Carnsore Point windfarm contributing clean energy to Ireland's renewable energy  capacity which can power 1.7 million homes.

Part of the Carnsore Point windfarm contributing clean energy to Ireland’s total renewable energy capacity which can power 1.7 million homes.

 

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LEARNING TO DRIVE IN WOODEN POSTS BY MACHINE AND BY HAND – 1st wk in July 2014

Tacumshin is located on a virtual peninsula near Carnsore Point with winds blowing strongly from the east and the south at times. Fencing has to be strong and wind breaks take a battering unless posts are securely driven in.

In building a shelter for an outdoor cob oven this week, four wooden pillars had to be positioned and secured in the ground first. These 11 foot high and 1 foot square pillars of wood had to go down 3 foot before they could be securely cemented in place.

To the rescue came John Coleman and Sons, our friendly agricultural contractor from Piercestown up the road, complete with mini-digger on a low trailer. The digger had an augur attachment which pneumatically twisted its way through the soil creating a 3 foot deep borehole. A neat job quickly done – which saved me buckets of sweat! I’ll need that energy to manually drive in several dozen smaller 6 foot posts to which we will nail wind break mesh fabric alongside the vegetable and fruit beds before the winter winds come around again.

John's mini-digger twists the augur in 3 foot where the first of 4 storm proof posts are to stand!

John’s mini-digger twists the augur in 3 foot where the first of 4 storm proof posts are to stand!

NEW ‘TREVOR & ÁINE’S KITCHEN GARDEN’ ON 3 ACRES – NEW CHAPTER – 4th Wk in September 2013

After 25 years developing and enjoying ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’ surprising myself how much one can grow in a small space, the time has come to move on. The chance to buy a house on 3 acres has come up in Tacumshin, County Wexford between the birdwatching ‘Mecca’ of Tacumshin Lake and Lady’s Island Lake. The puffin paradise of the Saltee Islands is visible from the house as are the wind turbines of Carnsore Point. The 3 acres has some hedgerow and trees planted but the rest was rough grazing, with no chemical inputs for years, if ever.

The challenge for Áine and myself is to transform this ‘blank canvas’ into a diverse organic horticultural holding. There are already some old apple, pear, plum and quince trees planted

After all these years, the solitary  organic James Grieve apple tree has generously yielded a tasty crop every year without fail.

After all these years, the solitary organic James Grieve apple tree continues to generously yield a tasty crop every year without fail. Picture courtesy of Richard Johnston Photographer

so we are not starting from the beginning entirely.

To buy this house and smallholding in Tacumshin means unfortunately selling the original ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’ to pay the bills. Anyone interested in buying a handy house, close to train, bus, schools, library, shops etc .? You can be fed from the uniquely certified organic garden and heated by a wood stove and solar panels, topped up in winter by natural gas heating?

Meanwhile, one of the two greenhouses in the garden is coming to Tacumshin. Next week I’ll blog about the challenges of dismantling the  glass and metal frame and erecting the Fingal Greens’ famous greenhouse nearby. With protected cropping, even on a small scale, we should have fresh oriental greens and salads for our first winter in the ‘sunny south-east’.