Peak Oil Tank

A few days ago I drove past a newly built house out in the country, a tasteful Regency style bungalow with a Laurel perimeter hedge. Everything was grand. And then I saw it. Stuck to a gable at the driveway end up on lintels supported on 4 inch solid blocks the awful eyeful of forest… Read more »

The Hazel Garden II

Like any piece of design, it all begins with the research. Bearing in mind just how forcibly and traumatically these people have been separated from their homeland I have been keen throughout this process to produce a design which provides the residents with an emotional link to their native land. To that end I have… Read more »

David Bowie

When I was younger I was afraid of dogs. Diamond Dogs. Which by extension meant that I was afraid of David Bowie. What uncontrollable forces, ungovernable energies were running riot in the mind of a man who could produce characters, imagery and sound of such unsettling, beautiful strangeness? Diamond Dogs Album Cover The last week… Read more »

There Must Be Some Mistake

Why are they giving us sports news, or weather forecasts? Did he really just read out a list of pre-election poll percentages?  Haven’t they heard David Bowie is dead? A few years ago I caught my first glimpse of the man for a few years and thought Jaysus if Bowie is starting to look old… Read more »

Winter

You might not think it but the best time to do certain jobs in the garden is winter. Admittedly there’s not much to encourage one outdoors, the prospect of dislocating a shoulder slipping on the deck or patio is usually sufficient deterrent. But if you can brave it there is no better time to do… Read more »

Finally, Something To (Kinda) Like on Facebook

We have all seen enough of it by now to know that, for the most part, Facebook is utter nonsense. The painstakingly concocted profiles, the staging,  the presentation of a fictitiously idyllic version of oneself. Not to mention the relentless recirculation of hopeless self-help drivel. But every so often in the blizzard of baloney comes… Read more »

The Hazel Garden

I have been asked to design and build a garden for the Syrian refugee centre at the former Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin. The centre currently houses forty refugees who in the next week will be moving onto other centres in Cork and Kerry to begin  the next stage of their assimilation. The next influx of… Read more »

This Place Is A Dump

We all share the landscape.  Some parts of it are more private than others, your back garden is away from the public gaze and you are free to treat it in whatever fashion you fancy. Inevitably you want it to be pleasing; pleasant to look at and engaging to be in. In engaging with public… Read more »

How’s Your Shed?

We need to talk about your shed. In a manner similar to that of the deck and the sandstone patio, Celtic Tiger hivemind syndrome continued full throttle when it came to the shed.  Historians will cite the years between 2001 and 2007 as the golden era of the timber garden shed. An uninitiated visitor would… Read more »

Crazy Paving

Next up on the Honour Roll of former Celtic Tiger All-Stars due a reunion tour would have to be the Sandstone patio. Suffering from credibility issues every bit as debilitating as those of the deck the lesser spotted sandstone patio has not been heard of since 2006 when it was effectively banished from civilised society… Read more »