Saturday, 12 February 2011
Mulla Nasrudin was sitting in a tea shop when a friend came excitedly to speak with him. “I’m about to get married. Mulla,” his friend stated, “and I’m very excited. Mulla , have you ever thought of marriage yourself?” Nasrudin replied, “I did think of getting married. In my youth in fact I very much wanted to do so. I waited to find for myself the perfect wife. I travelled looking for her, first to Damascus. There I met a beautiful woman who was gracious, kind and deeply spiritual, but she had no worldly knowledge. I travelled further and went to Isphahan. There I met a woman who was both spiritually and worldly, beautiful in many ways, but we did not communicate well. Finally I went to Cairo and there after much searching I found her. She was spiritually deep, graceful, and beautiful in every respect, at home and in the world and at home in the realms beyond it. I felt I had found the perfect wife.” His friend questioned further, “Then you did not marry her Mulla?” “Alas,” said Nasrudin as he shook his head, “She was, unfortunately, waiting for the perfect husband.”
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Gardening Courses at Milkwood Farm,
Milkwood Farm is the home and garden of Klaus, Joanna and their four children with Benwiskin on one side and acres of wild bogland all around. With draining the land and composting the soil a garden can be given birth.
Saturday 19th March: Beginner’s hands-on Gardening Course
A practical workshop on how to start your vegetable garden. This workshop will involve digging, sowing, planting, making beds, composting. It is aimed at the complete novices to vegetable gardening.
Saturday 30th April: Your Self-Sufficient Garden
Learn how to grow nearly all the food your family eats. Learn how to set up, prepare and plant your own organic vegetable garden. Practical demonstrations will be carried out so all participants get hands on ideas for their own gardens.
Saturday 14th May: Growing in Polytunnels/Greenhouses
A polytunnel or glasshouse extends the season for many crops, providing something to harvest all year round. It can also be used for tender vegetable crops, cut herbs and unusual tropical plants. This course will cover ground preparation, crop rotation, propagation, soil fertility management, pest and disease prevention and control.
Saturday 18th June: Grow Your Own Vegetables and Fruit
This course will take you through the season from garden to larder. Learn of the wide variety which you can grow on your doorstep. This will cover crop rotations, sowing plans and learn how it is possible to grow any vegetable and fruit that takes your fancy.
Saturday 17th September: Growing in Polytunnels/Greenhouses
Course details see Saturday 14th May.
All courses will be held at Milkwood Farm, Tawley, Co. Leitrim by Klaus Laitenberger former Head Gardener at the Organic Centre and Lissadell House.
All courses run from 10.30am – 4.00pm
Price €80 which includes coffee and scones on arrival and a home cooked organic lunch washed down with a glass of wine.
For more information and booking phone Joanna or Klaus at 071-9131855 or 087 7612251
Complete Vegetable Gardening Course
8 full days - €600
This course is aimed at anybody who wants to learn how to grow healthy organic vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit for the home garden. It is suitable for the complete beginner as well as for the more advanced gardeners. During each day there will be a practical element where participants will learn what to do in their garden each month. There will also be theoretical and practical sessions on topics such as planning, rotation, soil fertility, composting, green manuring, organic pest, disease and weed control, growing in tunnels and greenhouses, fruit and herb growing
Day 1: 12th March
Day 2: 2nd April
Day 3: 7th May
Day 4: 11th June
Day 5: 2nd July
Day 6: 6th August
Day 7: 3rd September
Day 8: 1st October
Courses at other locations for gardening groups can also be organised. Please CONTACT US for more details. See the WEBSITE
Saturday, 5 February 2011
What ills you?
There was a man who came to the Lord Shantih beseeching him to cure his ills. “And what ills do you have?” Lord Shantih asked. “My stomach pains me when I eat too much,” the man said. “My throat is parched when I grow thirsty, and my back aches when I spend the day working in the fields.” “These are the complaints of life,” Lord Shantih told him. “Only death can cure you.” The man cursed Lord Shantih and left in an angry mood, grumbling to his companions. “That man,” Lord Shantih said, “will find his tomb a trifle too cold for his taste.”