Blacksod Part II

As promised, here is Blacksod part II. We went out to Blacksod a few weeks back to help tend the garden and polytunnel at Leim Siar B&B. Jacob and I whipped the garden into shape and got it ready for winter. Here are a few before pictures of the tunnel:

And the after shots once we tidied up and did some serious pruning on the tomatoes. Even though it was already mid-November, we decided to prune the tomatoes anyway rather than rip them out to see if we could get the green ones to ripen, and sure enough, a number of them had started to turn red a few days before we left:

I didn’t get the before pics, but here’s one of the nicely weeded garden with a few remaining carrots and parsnips:

Our host Hannah had been working on a school paper about the lumper potato, which was the main strain of potato back during the potato famine. Here’s an example of the lumper:

The area around where we were living was completely gorgeous. Jacob and I took many walks in the evening to explore the area:

There was a graveyard close by. Part of it is newer while the other part on the hill is very old and is set around the ruins of an old church from the 15th century: 

As I’ve said before, the graveyards in Ireland fascinate me. I love exploring and photographing them. 

Jacob and I now have just 6 days left on our journey. I think there is about one more Blacksod post coming up and then Donegal and Dublin. It’s going to be a feat to get all of this posted before we land back in the U.S. Stay tuned!


About Madeline Dickerson

I am a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Arts degrees in magazine journalism and cinema studies. I am currently interning at the "Chinook Observer" in Long Beach, Washington. I plan on pursuing a career in photojournalism and reporting.
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One Response to Blacksod Part II

  1. Hannah says:

    Go raibh míle maith agaibh as ucht a rinne sibh. Keep up the Gaeilge.
    Some of the tomatoes ripened and were yummy. With the exception of the cherry ones on the right, we took the rest out today. I will make green tomato chutney; perhaps you would like this recipe……….
    Your pictures are great Madeline.
    Slán go foil,


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