"Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal Mildness! Come."
- James Thomson
New Year ceremonies have always been designed to get rid of the past and to welcome the future. January is named after the Etruscan word janua which means door. The roman god Janus presided over the gateway and was know as the "Lord of Beginings"
We are busy with some positive changes and new beginings at Carraig Dúlra and OOOOBY which we will keep you posted on as the year develops.
Courses for 2012
Our first courses of the year are ready to book, so if you or someone you know needs some help and knowledge about how to start off designing a garden or revamping an old design then have a look at our first offering:
Garden Design - 19 January 2012 - €75 (concessions available to unwaged)
Start your new year by planning your garden in the winter, while there's time to set things up before the growing season.
Taught using a practical approach by Suzie Cahn, experienced organic grower, permaculture practictioner and trainer.
Gift vouchers are available for any course.
Another course in the works for the summer, which must be booked asap in order to secure our guest lecturer:
Natural Beekeeping - 7-8 July
A full weekend learning Natural Beekeeping and networking with other natural beekeepers, to take place July 7-8.
The weekend will include training by internationally known natural beekeeper Phil Chandler, practical work with a top bar hive (weather permitting) and a chance to network and share information with other Irish beekeepers interested in using more bee-friendly methods. No beekeeping experience is required.
The cost is €150/person for the weekend, with concessions available for unemployed. Teas & coffees are included. All participants are welcome to use the cooking facilities and to camp at the farm.
To reserve your place, please send us your name & contact details, your beekeeping experience, and either the full fee of €150 or a booking deposit of €50. Please also let us know if you can bring a bee suit for the weekend; gloves will be provided.
More news about the changes coming at OOOOBY and Carraig Dúlra in the next issue!